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Winterthur Furniture Forums are a combination of tours, scholarly briefings, and demonstrations providing a deep dive into themed topic related to period furniture.  Now held bi-annually at Winterthur, the Henry F. DuPont estate museum in Delaware, the Forums provide an entertaining and informative deep dive into period furniture history, key pieces, major makers, original owners, attribution criteria, and differentiating construction methods, all organized around the chosen theme for each year's meeting. Several hundred attendees are drawn from academics, high-end collectors, top dealers, museum curators, museum conservators, and furniture makers. The Forum is an excellent way to increase your appreciation for, and understanding of, American period furniture. (It is important to note that this Forum is NOT the special Winterthur-SAPFM Furniture Program we started last year, with hopes of a follow-on sometime this fall.)

This year’s Sewell C. Biggs Winterthur Furniture Forum’s theme (to be held April 12-14) is Furniture Traditions of the Early American Countryside. The program will include lectures, a craft demonstration, and workshops highlighting exciting new research on cabinetmakers in New England, the Shenandoah Valley, and the South, which will inspire greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the many cultural crosscurrents that shaped life throughout 18th- and early 19th-century rural America.

More information on the Forum can be found at

Included is a link to the downloadable Forum Brochure which includes registration information.

The Forum is always an informative and entertaining meeting and I have made plans to attend. We usually have quite a few SAPFM members in attendance.  I hope to see you there!

Dale Ausherman