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Hidden History: Ipswich lace makes the Boston airwaves

July 19, 2022 2:56 PM | Mary Mangan (Administrator)

Today I went into the studio at WBUR, a Boston NPR station, to talk about Ipswich lace. I had pitched it as a story idea for their Hidden History segment in April, and they researched it more and decided to run it.

Link to audio: How hundreds of men, women and children built a cottage lace industry in Ipswich

They had reached out to the Ipswich Museum and Katherine Chaison and brought her in as well. She was terrific. 

Karen Thompson was able to talk with them as well, so we have that audio--I'm so glad that worked out. 

And they wanted to know about young people making lace, so I pointed them to LaceTok! They found several bits of audio there to use as well. [I didn't tell them that was a local thing, it just got twisted a little there]. 

I wish I had more time to explain our work on the mobile exhibit, but that's ok--anyone looking for Ipswich lace will find us now and we can spread the word in other ways. It was still great to raise the profile of this lace and have a way for people to find out more. 

If you want to see some of the things we talked about--like Alexander Hamilton's papers and the sample lace, start here: Ipswich Lace at Wikipedia

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