SPINNING TABLEAU

We Remember the #LexingtonLadies

August 31, 1769: 45 women gathered at Anna Harrington's home, using spinning wheels in an act of public protest just steps from the Town Commons

Meredith Bergmann's Something Is Being Done monument includes many untold stories about Lexington women since the town's incorporation in 1713.

The monument's plaza is in the shape of a spinning wheel, and a central figure remembers the 45 Lexington "Ladies" who participated in the August 31, 1769 Spinning Match. This event was hosted by Anna Harrington, and was a practical and political event years before the famous Battle of Lexington.

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"Spinning Tableau" Scene from the 2022 Spinning Protest Anniversary event held by LexSeeHer in partnership with Lexington Historical Society, LexArt, First Parish Church and with generous support from the Community Endowment of Lexington for our Living HERstory project.

For the 2022 Spinning Tableau, LexSeeHer received a generous grant from the Community Endowment of Lexington to expand our Living HERstory program. Volunteers joined our Sewing Team and created 45 linen aprons, as well as 45 appropriately trimmed 18th century style straw hats.

Volunteers recreated the scene at Anna Harrington's original homestead, thanks to Rev. Anne Mason and First Parish Church. LexArt partnered as well, with volunteers bringing out different spinning wheels and welcoming visitors to try their hand at the wheel.

"Spinning Tableau" Scene from the 2021 Spinning Protest Anniversary event held by LexSeeHer in partnership with Lexington Historical Society.

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