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Exhibit Opening - From the Heart, Made by Hand: Treasures from the Women of Sweden

American Swedish Historical Museum - Hanna Rydh Textile Exhibition
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Celebrate the stories told by ASHM’s collection and its global connections! This exhibition includes selections of the handmade textiles presented to the American Swedish Historical Museum in 1938 from every province of Sweden.

The gift speaks of more than Swedish regionalism. For the person who organized the gift, these artifacts represent female power. Dr. Hanna Rydh was a politician, international women’s rights activist, and Sweden’s first female archaeologist. To Rydh, these textiles honored Nordic craftswomen and asserted their right to equality with men in Sweden and America.

Gallery talk by curator Trevor Brandt starts at 5:00 pm. Exhibit opening is free with museum admission.


This exhibition is supported by grants from the ASHM Auxiliary, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, George C. and Esther Ann McFarland Foundation, Midsommarklubben, Swedish Council of America, and an anonymous foundation. Support provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Funding for the American Swedish Historical Museum is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.