This is a project launched by the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in conjunction with the Foundling Museum’s “Threads of Feeling” exhibit. We ask visitors to draw upon the experiences of the mothers and children relayed through their cloth tokens to connect those emotional experiences of over 200 years ago with the equally profound events of love, loss, family, and struggle that we in feel the 21st century. We hope that this tool will help guests sew the past and present together in order to better reflect upon the themes and stories told by these objects.

Organized by the Foundling Museum and curated by John Styles, the token-filled billet books are owned and lent by leading UK children’s charity Coram (which was established as the Foundling Hospital in 1739), with the assistance of the City of London, London Metropolitan Archives. The Colonial Williamsburg exhibition of Threads of Feeling is supported by the generosity of Mary and Clint Gilliland of Menlo Park, California, through the Turner-Gilliland Family Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Elizabeth Moore Ruffin, Douglas N. Morton and Marilyn L. Brown of Englewood, Colorado, Berwick Offray LLC, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Barnett.

Images courtesy, © Coram