For Immediate Release:

August 23, 2022

Media Contacts:
Sarah Martin
C: 315-225-0256

Emily Klamm
Digital Marketing Manager
O: 508-347-0205

Two Webinars Sponsored by Mass Humanities to be Hosted

by Old Sturbridge Village

Clothing the Family and The Portraiture of Ezra Woolson, Two Webinars Free to Public

Sturbridge, M.A. – Old Sturbridge Village will host two free webinars for the public in August and September, funded by a Bridge Street Sponsorship through Mass Humanities. Clothing the Family: A Museum Wide Effort will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25, and The Portraiture of Ezra Woolson will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, via Zoom. Pre-registration is required for both events.


Clothing the Family: A Museum Wide Effort will feature Collections Manager and Curator of Textiles, Rebecca Beall, Coordinator of Households, Jean Contino, and Historical Clothing Coordinator, Carrie Midura as they discuss the new avenues that Old Sturbridge Village is taking in relation to exhibiting, interpreting, and recreating textiles and textile production in early 19th-century New England.


Textile Weekend takes place every year at OSV, most recently running Aug. 13 & 14, to celebrate the history of textile production. This webinar will expand on a new exhibit that was unveiled during the event, Needle and Thread: The Art and Skill of Clothing an Early 19-Century Family, and will discuss how all of this work has culminated into an exciting new textile program that is visible throughout the Village.


Registration for the Aug. 25 event can be found at:


The Portraiture of Ezra Woolson will feature Director of Collections and Research, Derek Heidemann and Art Conservator, Theresa Carmichael, as they take a closer look at the portraiture of New Hampshire itinerant painter, Ezra Woolson (1824-1845) within the Old Sturbridge Village Museum Collections.


Not much is known about Woolson’s short career as an itinerant painter, but he started painting at a young age. The earliest painting in the OSV collection was created when he was just 16 and the latest when he was 19. Unfortunately, Woolson passed away in 1845 at the age of 21, and only left a few portraits behind. The webinar will discuss these remaining portraits within the collection and get a better understanding of his techniques and evolution of skill over that short period of time.


Registration for the Sept. 21 event can be found at:


Mass Humanities creates opportunities for the people of Massachusetts to transform their lives and build a more equitable commonwealth through the humanities. Their Bridge Street Sponsorships allow funding for free online programs hosted by Massachusetts historical societies, centers, museums or historical sites – such as OSV – to enable free access to learning and educational opportunities.


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About Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village, first opened to the public in 1946, is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. It is the largest living history museum in the Northeast, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021. Each year, more than 250,000 visitors interact with costumed historians, experience up-close demonstrations of early American trades, and meet heritage breed farm animals. Situated on 200 scenic acres, the Village is a collection of more than 40 historic buildings - including homes, meetinghouses, trade shops, working farms, restaurants, shops and three water-powered mills.

Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., Old Sturbridge Village is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Daily admission is: $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $14 for College Students, $14 for children ages 4-17, with children 3 and under admitted free. Admission includes free parking. Village Members receive free standard daytime admission. For details, visit  
Old Sturbridge Village is also the managing partner of Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, R.I. Members at OSV receive reciprocal membership at Coggeshall Farm Museum.
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