Two Society leaders will bring their knowledge to audiences in Granville and Lancaster in the coming month. First, Cynthia Cort, curator of an exhibit at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio in Lancaster, will present a lecture and film on “Patola: Double Ikat Weaving in Western India.” The program will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the Center, 145 East Main St., Lancaster. This program is open to the public and will cost $8 ($5 for members of the Center). Cort, who serves as a board member and collections manager for the Society, has gathered exquisite examples of textiles from around the world for the exhibit, which is titled Gorgeous Threads: A World of Textiles, including many pieces from her own collection. Cort produced the film between 1979 and 1981 to document the Ikat weaving technique in which the threads are tie-dyed before weaving.
Next, Theresa Overholser, archivist of the Society, will present a program on The Underground Railroad in the community room at the Granville Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. The program is free and open to the public. Theresa will relate the stories and legends of the movement that harbored and moved escaped slaves to safety and dispel a few myths about underground railroad activities in Granville.