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You are invited to see the unveiling of the "Something Must Be Done" monument in Lexington!

If you have recieved an invitation by mail, please RSVP here:

If you are a member of the public and would like to attend, 

please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite:

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Stop 1 - Ruth Buckman's HomE & Family business

STOP 3 - Site of the 1769 Spinning bee

In Her Shoes - Stop 3: On August 31, 1769, 45 Lexington women took their spinning wheels outside for a silent protest. Learning to spin and making cloth locally was one way to resist King George's taxation on imported cottons.


In 1769 women definitely did not have an accepted place in society for spoken protests. The Spinning Match was a competition as well, to see who could produce the most during the event. It took place on what is now a grassy lawn area at 3 Harrington Road, just across from the Battle Green (between First Parish Church and Massachusetts Avenue). This was formerly the home of Anna Harrington and her family.

Anna Munroe Harrington hosted the 1769 protest event at age 29. As you walk or drive past this area, consider the impression it must have made on the entire community to see so many women participate in a protest. Women in Lexington also participated in the boycott of imported goods, having both a political and economic impact.

Lexington Historical Society organized a re-enactment of the 1769 Spinning Match in 2019! (See photos, right.)

Site submitted by: Jessie Steigerwald

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The Match is also referenced in the wonderful Lexington Historical Society exhibition "Bold Women of Lexington." Thanks to Dr. Emily Murphy, the research on this important event is much richer. What else will we be able to learn?

How important is it to document and understand "Women's Work"? Did the 45 Lexington women who stepped outside with their spinning wheels help fortify a community where - just 6 years later - the first shots of the American Revolution would be fired? Do you know the name of anyone local in Lexington who made some of the spinning wheels used on the day of this historic event

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