Friction, Fray, and Fabric: Textiles in the First World War
July 27th - 29th, 2017

In recognition of this year's Centennial Anniversary of the United States's entry into World War I, join the Virginia Quilt Museum in Downtown Harrisonburg, VA for a special three-day Textile Study Symposium. 

Gain multiple perspectives of the (first) Great War on one, two,
or all three days!

Thursday and Friday will set the stage for both the friction and the fray, with off-site visits and personal tales of a soldier, a president, and a pacifist. 

On Saturday, fabric will take center stage with a view through the lens of its war-affected national manufacture and needful purposes. From Khaki-Kool to Cartridge Silk, paper yarn to Peruvian cotton, the American textile industries worked to meet wartime needs even before the U.S. was officially at war. Local history also shines through  in the stories of how, when America’s soldiers went “over there” to serve on the battlefronts of Europe, our Virginia quiltmakers turned to the humanitarian efforts of providing for our soldiers and the Red Cross.

Scroll down for event schedule, SPEAKER ABSTRACTS, AND REGISTRATION.

World War I Silk Postcard featuring Allied Forces flag motif and text "Souvenir de France" 

World War I Silk Postcard featuring Allied Forces flag motif and text "Souvenir de France" 

Our Featured Speakers:
Click on the photos below to view all speaker bios and abstracts (opens as .pdf file)


For Full Schedule of Events,
view the symposium schedule  (opens as .pdf file)

To register for the Symposium,


Additional Information:

Event Flyer
View and download our Symposium flyer below to share with friends, colleagues, quilt guilds, and any other parties who may be interested (click image to open .pdf file)

VQM Exhibits
Read about what exhibits will be on view during the Symposium on our
 upcoming exhibits page.

Learn More about our Symposium Partner Hosting Sites

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
Crossroads Valley Brethren Mennonite Heritage Center
Dynamic Aviation
Park View Mennonite Church

Thank You to our Symposium Sponsors:

If you are not able to attend the Symposium but would still like to support our event, please consider making a contribution below. All donations will go towards the Virginia Quilt Museum and will assist us in planning and hosting this and other educational programs!