From Uncoverings 2012, Volume 33 of the Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group


By: Bassett, Lynne Zacek

Lynne Zacek Bassett is an independent scholar specializing in New England's historic costume and textiles. From 1995-2000 she was the curator of textiles and fine arts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, where she was responsible for the exhibition and accompanying book, Northern Comfort: New England's Early Quilts, 1780-1850 .Since 2007, Lynne has been the guest curator of costumes and textiles for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conecticut, where she is currently working on her seventh exhibition for the museum, Dressing Romantically: American Costume, 1810-1860. Lynne was the editor and primary author of Massachusetts Quilts: Our Common Wealth (2009). In 2012 appeared Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War, co-authored by Lynne and Madelyn Shaw and published by the American Textile History Museum of Lowell, Massachusetts. She holds a BA in American studies from Mount Holyoke College and a MA in costume and textile history from the University of Connecticut.