As part of its study of early American material culture, the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Museum graduate school class visited Burke Library on Saturday, Nov. 11, to view materials from the communal societies collection. The group of nine students was lead by Thomas A. Guiler, PhD., manager and instructor of academic programs at Winterthur.
Director and Curator of Special Collections Christian Goodwillie and Departmental Coordinator Mark Tillson presented more than 75 items from the collection for display. Materials included books, ephemera, manuscripts, textiles, and sculpture dating from the 1790s to the present. The Winterthur students visited Hamilton as part of a three-day field trip visiting sites of intentional communities that also included the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony, the Oneida Community Mansion House, the Hill Cumorah, and the Eco Village at Ithaca.