Bicentennial Series — The Unbroken Thread: 200 Years of Spinning and Weaving in Maine
Sunday, March 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Throughout 2020, the Camden Public Library will celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial with a collection of captivating programs on many facets of the State’s history. The next program in our series brings to light the history of fiber work in Maine. The program will explore spinning and weaving practices of the past and discuss how these skills and traditions connect to Maine’s future.
Three fiber artists will weave together stories and demonstrations: Susanne Grosjean, an expert on early American spinning wheels, will work from the Great Wheel; Susan Barrett Merrill, whose ancestors were spinners and weavers from Bloomfield, will spin flax into linen; and Dr. Nancy Payne Alexander will bring a historian’s eye to the long and continuous history of Maine women working with fiber.
“It’s important for the next generation to understand this history in order to come full circle,” says Susan Barrett Merrill. “We need to find ways for kids to get their hands on a wheel. Let’s get back to a place where we once again remember how the earth’s resources support us.”
This program is co-hosted by the Camden-Rockport Historical Society.