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Consulations for Museums and Historic Sites

Rabbit Goody is a nationally recognized textile historian who has served as a consultant to major museums, private collections and the film industry. Services offered include:

  • Dating and identifying textiles in specific col­lec­tions;
  • Making recommendations about exhibits, storage and conservation;
  • Helping museum staff to develop appropriate and workable furnishing plans that include historically accurate soft furnishings;
  • Coor­dinate the use of historically accurate repro­ductions with original items in an historic site’s collection.

She lectures widely and teaches classes on historic textiles as well as directing The Textile History Forum, a national con­ference devoted to new research and developments in textile history.

Some of her publications include Woven History: Techology and Innovation in Long Island Coverlets and the forthcoming Woven Textiles 1640-1850: A Reference Guide for Identifying and Dating Everyday Fabrics as well as articles for Early American Life, Old House Interiors, The Clarion and Heritage.

She owns, directs and is the designer for Thistle Hill Weavers, a custom mill that has been producing historically accurate reproduction fabrics, trim and carpet for over 20 years. with and you can see the Mill’s work at many historic sites around the country, including:

  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
  • The Henry Ford Museum
  • Harper’s Ferry National Park
  • Valley Forge National Historic Park
  • Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, Ohio
  • Rock Hall, Lawrence, NY
  • The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY
  • Martin Van Buren’s home in Kinderhook, NY


Rabbit Goody is available to travel to your site. The per Diem fee is $450, and single lectures in New York State are $250, plus travel expenses. Please contact us for details.