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American Folklife Center Collections: New Hampshire

This guide provides access to ethnographic resources documenting expressive culture in the state of New Hampshire at the Library of Congress.


Janice A. Miller, creator. 1996 New Hampshire State Winner. 1995-1996. All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011). Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

American Folklife Center collections from New Hampshire document the diversity of its expressive culture. Its unique collections span folk music from the 1930s to contemporary Veterans oral histories.

Land's End All-American Quilt Collection

Q: How long have you been making quilts?

A: Since I was in grade school. My mother was determined to see that I could sew and cook, after she had been through the Depression and saw many families suffer because the women couldn't sew or cook. I taught my daughter the same.

The Lands' End collection provides a unique window into late-twentieth century quiltmaking. This online presentation documents the 181 state and national winners of contests sponsored by the company in 1992, 1994, and 1996, and reflects a sampling of excellent design and technical skill characteristic of prizewinning quilts during this period. This collection includes a large number of quilt images from across the country and statements provided by the makers in surveys about their quilts. The Lands' End contest winners represent a wide range of quiltmaking activity, from highly traditional to innovative. Numerous types and styles of needlework, quilting, piecework, applique, and embroidery are represented.

Additional Collections of Interest

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.

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Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux present a program of fiddle tunes and songs drawn from their French-Canadian heritage. They will be joined by Dalton Binette and Bow Thayer. All four musicians hail from the northernmost area of New Hampshire, adjacent to the Canadian border, across which people and cultural influences have flowed steadily over the last hundred years or more.

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