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Gloria Seaman Allen, a former curator and then director of the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washngton, D.C., has written and lectured extensively on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century textiles and textile workers from Maryland and Virginia. In addition to an earlier book, A Maryland Album: Quiltmaking Traditions, 1634-1934, she has authored more than 30 articles on textiles and decorative arts for such publication as The Magazine Antiques, Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly, PieceWork, Winterthur Portfolio and the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts. A graduate of Smith College, she recieved M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American Studies from the George Washington University with concentrations in material culture and folk life. Her dissertation explored the roles of slave women in cloth production on large plantations in the Chesapeake region. [from A Maryland Samplling (2007)]
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