“No study of Connecticut needlework or of American samplers, generally,
could be complete without reference to the pioneering scholarship of Glee Krueger.
Whenever I thought I had a new idea, I found that Glee had blazed the trail,
ferreting out valuable leads and primary source documentation.”
~ Susan Schoelwer
Connecticut Needlework, Women, Art and Family
Glee has been a sampler collector for more than 50 years, an embroiderer, and a member of the Embroiderers Guild of America. She is the author of New England Samplers to 1840, published by Old Sturbridge Village, and A Gallery of American Samplers: The Theodore H. Kapnek Collection, the catalog of the exhibit for which she was guest curator at New York's Museum of American folk Art.
Glee has lectured to museums, historical societies and the graduate folk art classes at N.Y.U. and to the Folk Art Studies program of the Museum of American Folk Art. She has given more than 100 lectures to historical societies and museums. She appraised the textile collection of sculptress Louise Nevelson, a gift to the Musuem of American Folk Art, and catalogued the sampler collection of Mrs. Barbara Schiff Sinauer, a bequest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Glee has been a needlework judge and has exhibited her own work. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and a former museum staff member of the Art Institute of Chicago.
“More than any one person,
Glee has focused attention on samplers as an art form.”
~ Frances Phipps
The New York Times: Antiques
She has been guest curator and author of A Middle-Town Cameo: Mary Wright Alsop (1740-1829) and Her Needlework, the first retrospective of an 18th century woman's needle arts shown at the Connecticut Historical Society.
Glee worked on the Newburyport, MA, tercentenary exhibition and publication Old-Town and The Waterside, and received an honorary life membership for her contribution. She was a textile consultant for the Litchfield Historical Society's exhibit and catalog To Ornament Their Minds: Sarah Pierce's Litchfield Female Academy, 1792-1833 to which she contributed the essay, "Paper and Silk: The Ornamental Arts of the Litchfield Female Academy, 1792-1833."
Glee has worked extensively with the Litchfield Historical Society to locate unpublished theorems, watercolors, silk embroideries, painted silk mourning pictures and samplers made at this renowned New England girl's school. It was noted for its academic excellence and the many young women teachers it trained and inspired. The founder, Sarah Pierce, and her school were the subject of two early publications. Chronicles of A Pioneer School and More Chronicles of A Pioneer School by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel. To this material was added new and corrected information by Lynne Templeton Brickley in her Harvard doctoral thesis. More of the work of these pupils has been located and is included in the current Litchfield exhibition and catalog To Ornament Their Minds: Sarah Pierce's Litchfield Female Academy, 1792-1833.