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American Sampler Project a Collaboration with Winterthur Museum


This Family Register, stitched by Eliza Ann Johnson in 1826 at age 16, is one of several nearly identical samplers by girls attending school in Lynn, MA. Each girl recorded her parents’ names, birth dates, and date of marriage; followed by the names, birth and death dates of her

siblings. Eliza has also placed the initials of her deceased brother on the monument to the left. Eliza’s record of important family dates.


SURNAMES COGGESHALL, JOHNSON, BISSELL, WINKLER, PARKER, PETS, BRISTER, and more.


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The Sampler Archive Project is a collaborative effort between the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in American Material Culture; the University of Oregon’s Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE); the Sampler Consortium, and museums across the country with collections of American needlework samplers and other girlhood embroideries. https://www.winterthur.org/

The long-term goal of the Sampler Archive Project is to create a freely available and easily accessible online searchable database with information and images of all

known American samplers in public and private collections nationally and internationally. Scholarly estimates of the total number of samplers that may ultimately be included in the Sampler Archive range from 15,000 to 20,000 unique objects.

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