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Expert to kick off exhibit of antique quilts at Marshall House museum

The Lambertville Historical Society will host a special exhibit of antique quilts at James Wilson Marshall House, featuring a lecture by expert Dana Balsamo, principal of Material Pleasures.

In an intimate, historic setting, the exhibit will showcase rarely displayed quilts, such as the 1843 sampler “Dilts Quilt” that includes many hand-signed ink and stamped signatures and small pictures, the 1843 King’s Crown Friendship Quilt that includes many signatures from the Lambertville area, and the Friendship Star/Rittenhouse Marriage Quilt circa 1852.

For the first time, the Victorian linen “splasher” (hand towel) made for Ashbel Russell Welch by his mother will be displayed, accompanied by documentation tracing ancestry to Sen. John Lambert.

In her lecture at 1 p.m. July 6 and again July 13, Balsamo will discuss and examine quilts of Lambertville and Hunterdon County, as well as highlights from her private collection. Due to limited space for the one-hour lecture, RSVP is required four days in advance of either date, via email to

The general quilt exhibit will be open to the public over two weekends: 1 to 4 p.m. July 6 and July 7 and July 13 and July 14.

The James Wilson Marshall House is located at 60 Bridge St., Lambertville, N.J. Admission is free; however, there is a suggested donation of $5.