Sheldon hosts talk on 19th Century memorials

MEMORIAL HAIR WREATH, 1835-55, detail. Created by Emma Adele Myrick with hair from of members of the Myrick and Russell families of Vermont. Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum

The Henry Sheldon Museum will present “Forget Me Not: Memorial Practices in 19th-Century Vermont,” a talk by Professor Ellery Foutch on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.

In this talk presented via Zoom, Professor Ellery Foutch will discuss memorial wreaths and mourning objects created in Vermont in the 1800s. Crafted from hair, fabric and materials considered precious to the deceased, these artifacts offer a window into the lives and emotions of Vermonters of the past. Some of the hairwork examples are from the Sheldon Museum’s collection. Professor Foutch is currently teaching a Middlebury College class on the material culture of hair and its meanings in American culture, past and present, working with students to research objects from Vermont collections and contemporary artists who use hair as a medium.

Foutch is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies department at Middlebury College, where she teaches classes on the art and material culture of the United States. She received her PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and has held postdoctoral teaching fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The Courtauld Institute of Art (London). 

Registration is free, but consider a donation to the Sheldon Museum. To register, go to the events page on the Sheldon’s website:

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