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“Weaving in Eighteenth Century Pennsylvania: Who, What, and How”

Jul 13, 2017 • by The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County
Wool and Weaving

3rd Saturday Program at Morlatton Village

August 19, 2017 • 11:00am

The Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County (HPTBC) invites you to join us for our August 3rd Saturday Program. These site-wide programs are offered April-October and include various formats and topics such as exhibits, demonstrations, interactive sessions, and oral and graphic presentations. Tours of Morlatton Village will be offered when applicable. Program begins at the White Horse Inn. Suggested donation $2/person. All proceeds benefit the Trust.

Join us for a fun and engaging presentation on a short history of weaving in eighteenth century Pennsylvania given by Trust volunteer Diane Kiefer. Ms. Kiefer will discuss the types of people who were weavers, flax and wool, spinning and knitting, and weaving and finishing. She will also talk about how wool was marketed and changes to industrialization in the early nineteenth century. There will be a weaving demonstration on a tape loom as well as hands-on weaving opportunities for the audience.

Diane Kiefer has been demonstrating and interpreting eighteenth century textiles for over five years at historic sites such as Old Dry Road Farm and the Jacob Keim Homestead. She has studied under Tom Kinsely and Melanie Mitchell. She also attended the Marshfield School of Weaving.

The HPTBC is a non-profit organization that acquires, preserves, and maintains historically and architecturally significant properties in Berks County, Pennsylvania and educates Berks County and its’ visitors about the role these sites played in Pennsylvania and American history. The Trust seeks to foster community involvement and support in promoting awareness and appreciation of historic structures and encouraging their adaptive reuse. The Trust currently owns and maintains eight historically significant buildings in the greater Reading/Berks County area. Our office is located in the White Horse Inn on Old Philadelphia Pike in Douglassville. If you are interested in donating to the Trust please call 610-385-4762 or visit   

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