Wessaweskeag Historical Society hosts Jan Cunningham: The love of fiber and the tools that create it

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    SOUTH THOMASTON — On Thursday, Sept. 8, the Wessaweskeag Historical Society will once again hold its “evening of good food and great speakers.” The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Society’s meeting room just behind the South Thomaston Library at the corner of Rt. 73 and Dublin Road, and will follow the potluck supper, which begins at 6 p.m. The public is invited to join for both the program and for the potluck.

    The speaker this month is Jan Cunningham – a retired OR Nurse who worked at Pen Bay Medical Center for many years and currently lives in Camden. 

    “Jan has lived and loved the world of spinning for several years now and is happy to share her passion for the Spinning World with all of us along with her stories and the antique wheels she is bringing with her,” said WHS, in a news release. She says it best in her own words...”

    “My beginnings in fiber work began with learning to knit only 14 years ago, but I quickly succumbed to the lure of textiles and how they were made,” said Cunningham. “That led me to spinning wheels in general and then came the lure of antique spinning wheels. Maine has a very strong spinning wheel history, and antique wheels are still all around us, in attics, barns, and tool sheds. We think they are stately in form now, but spinning wheels are first and foremost tools, as important to a homestead as were an ax, a shovel, or a plow. With a little TLC, antique wheels can again be made to work to make wonderful fiber. Then there is the joy of making a beautifully made and perfectly balanced tool come alive again in your hands.”

    The Wessaweskeag Historical Society was founded three decades ago and is a nonprofit, charitable organization anchored in South Thomaston. It maintains an archives and museum contiguous to the town’s public library, hosts monthly potluck suppers and heritage programming available to the public. The Society also hosts the annual Heritage Day, sponsors local historic preservation and cooperates the kindred community organizations. Higher education for local youth is supported through the Society’s scholarship program.

    Event Date: 

    Thu, 09/08/2022 - 7:00pm

    Event Location: 

    South Thomaston Library


    South Thomaston Library
    South Thomaston, ME 04858
    United States