Lunch and history: New series looks at crazy quilts

What makes a quilt crazy?

Visitors to the Wilton Historical Society’s new luncheon lecture series will find out on Friday, June 7, at noon. Susan Jerome, collection manager for the Historic Textile and Costume Collection at the University of Rhode Island, will speak about the history of crazy quilts.

Featured will be the society’s own 19th Century quilt, which includes depictions of horseshoes, scissors, botanicals, hearts and abstract patterns. Ms. Jerome welcomes guests to bring in their own crazy quilts and ask questions.

The series continues on Thursday, June 20, at noon, with a talk by Ben Colman, assistant curator of the Florence Griswold Museum, who will focus on the checkered past of American portrait painter Ralph Earl. Mr. Earl began his career in New Haven, where he painted the portrait of Roger Sherman, a patriot of the Revolution who signed the Declaration of Independence.

The Wilton Historical Society owns two Earl paintings, including the one of Mrs. Jessie Simcha Jonas Judah (Goldsmith), which he is believed to have painted while in debtor’s prison.

Both programs relate to objects currently on display in the “75 Objects/75 Years” exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the historical society.

Admission to the luncheon series is free. Guests may bring their own bag lunch; the society will provide refreshments and dessert. The historical society is at 224 Danbury Road.