Marshall Miles Interviews Alexandra Peters: The Sharon Historical Society & Museum Announces Exhibit “Sharon Collects: Samplers from the Collection of Alexandra Peters” 

Historical Exhibitions

Opening Saturday June 18, 2022

Sharon, CT: The Sharon Historical Society & Museum is pleased to announce the exhibit,
Sharon Collects: Samplers from the Collection of Alexandra Peters. The public is invited to attend the
opening reception on Saturday, June 18, 2022, from 5-7PM.

Samplers from the Collection of Alexandra Peters

Lucy Winston
(c. 1805)
Palemon and Lavine
Connecticut, probably Hartford
Watercolor and silk on silk, eglomise mat

Before adding a sampler to her collection, Sharon, CT resident Alexandra Peters researched the lives of the sampler makers and the world revealed by their needlework. The girls in this collection were touched by abolition, the Underground Railroad, and the anti-slavery movement. A few girls settled the Connecticut Western Reserve, others were educated at the three exceptional academies for girls in northwest Connecticut. Quaker girls created elegant darning samplers, and older girls stitched elaborate tales from classical history and literature. Some girls in England sewed world maps. Other girls in the United States documented their family histories, sisters worked companion samplers, and the women of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s family subtly influenced his storytelling with their needlework. Writing with needles, these sampler creators left us a powerful legacy that opens a window into the early education of girls, who their families were, and how they documented their very existence. 

Sharon Historical Society & Museum is located at 18 Main Street in Sharon, CT.  Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 4:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and by appointment. Admission is free. For more information and directions, call (860) 364-5688 or visit


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