Lecture series focuses on Civil War

WARREN – The Sutliff Museum’s eighth annual series, “Victorian Collections and Coffee,” will kick off on Sept. 17 with a lecture on “The Legacy of the Civil War: Antiques of the 1860s.”

Speaker Cynthia Marshall, of the shop, “Antiques” in Butler, Pa., will discuss the kinds of memorabilia that are still available in the marketplace today.

She will explain how to recognize genuine items from the 1860s and what values they command. Lamps, buttons, jewelry, photos and clothing are among the items she will display and discuss. Attendees are invited to bring an item or two from their own collections for Marshall to discuss and informally appraise.

The morning will begin with coffee and pastries at 9 a.m. followed by the program at 9:45 a.m. in the Thomas Meeting Room of the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave., N.W.

There is no charge.

The second lecture will be on “Quilts of the Civil War Era” on Oct. 10. Susan Catanzarito of Hilliards, Pa., who is a recognized quilter and authority on antique quilts, will speak. She will bring expertly made reproductions demonstrating the old quilt patterns as well as actual, authentic 1860s era quilts to discuss. Because of space limitations, each attendee may bring just one quilt from his or her collection for Catanzarito to comment on.

The third and final program of the series, on Nov. 19, will feature Ellen King’s lecture on “Civil War Era Pattern Glass.” An appraiser, historian, dealer and writer on many different kinds of antiques, King will focus on antique glass tableware of the 1860s, how it was made, how it reflected the styles of the times and what its value is today. Audience members are invited to bring in one or two pieces from their own collections for King to identify and appraise informally.

For information, call the museum at 330-395-6575.