On Wednesday, July 21, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture on a unique aspect of the history of hooked rugs. The event will take place in the downtown museum’s auditorium at 5:30 p.m.

Collector and expert Paula Laverty will discuss the hooked mats of the Grenfell Mission, a medical mission founded in 1892 in Newfoundland and Labrador. At the peak of the mission’s production, 3,000 mats were being hooked annually using old tattered silk stockings and other undergarments donated to the mission’s cause. The lecture will feature historic photographs and images of the mat designs that were being produced; particular attention will be given to the women who did the work and their place in the history of the craft.

Author Laverty is a graduate of Syracuse University and has organized exhibitions featuring Grenfell mats at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, the Shelburne Museum in Vermont and the Textile Museum of Canada. A book signing will take place following the lecture. The signing also will include Mildred Péladeau, author of “Rug Hooking in Maine 1838-1940” and guest curator of the exhibition currently on view at the Farnsworth, “Rug Hooking in Maine and Beyond”; and Susie Stephenson, author of “Designing & Hooking Primitive Rugs.”

The fee for this lecture is $10, $8 for members. To make a reservation, call 596-0949 or visit farnsworthmuseum.orgeducation.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.