Gratitude in lace lecture – registration now open!

OIDFA members can now register for the upcoming OIDFA Member Lecture Series titled Gratitude in Lace: tribute pieces made in Belgium during WWI and presented by Evelyn McMillan, USA, on Sunday, 4 February, 2024 15:00 CET; 9:00am ET.

Our speaker will also discuss her role in helping a tribute piece make its way back to its town of origin. Evelyn was contacted by the family of Millard Shaler who held a pivotal role in the food relief efforts and was the recipient of a magnificent lace tablecloth that became a treasured heirloom.  One hundred years later, his grandchildren generously wished to return the cloth to Belgium. After all the connections were made, the cloth was returned last April at a ceremony held in Bruges. It is now proudly displayed in Hooglede.

The talk will focus on several pieces of Belgian lace that were made to express appreciation for aid received during World War I. Locally designed, these pieces frequently contained words of gratitude, along with dates, names, coats of arms and other distinctive elements unique to their places of origin. 

To register, visit the OIDFA Member Page at

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