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Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes: Silk Production at the Auburn State Prison

May 23, 2019, 7:00 pm -

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Join the Antiques Club of the Finger Lakes for "Silk Production at the Auburn State Prison" by Denise Nicole Green.

Convicts made sewing silk at the Auburn Prison starting in 1841. By 1842 the prison had 41 inmates working at a dye house and 10 “throwing mills” in which silk is twisted and wound into yarn. But as fast as production ramped up, silk production unraveled due to a variety of problems including the quality of the product and inmate discipline. Production was shut down in 1844.

Denise Nicole Green, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design at Cornell University. Also, as Director of the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, she curates, advises and oversees public exhibitions. Growing up in Auburn, Green became familiar with local history and often walked past the Seward House Museum, one of the museums that she now professionally assists.

Green earned a BS with Honors in Apparel Design from Cornell, an MS in Textiles from the University of California Davis, and a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia.

This program is free and open to the public.

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