While the upper classes in 18th-Century Europe were decorating their walls with expensive tapestries and wallpaper, Americans turned to stenciling. It was an art form provided by itinerant stencilers who traveled across New England between 1778 and 1840.
Youngsters between the ages of 6 and 12 are invited to Wilton Historical Society at 224 Danbury Road on Saturday, March 3, from 11 to 12:30 to learn how stencilers would bring not only his colorful pigments and sturdy brushes but news from where he had recently been. Museum educator Lola Chen will discuss this colorful folk art and how and where it appeared. Children will see a stenciled oil-cloth rug in the Fitch house dining room and work on their own lace pattern on a plate. They will help make their own snack, doily chocolate cookies.