Join us for our annual series in which we explore different aspects of Newlin Grist Mill’s unique historical and environmental resources. Get an in-depth look at the site with special programs from both Newlin staff and outside presenters.
Sponsored by Team Toyota, our 2021 Newlin Series focuses on the history of women & work. Like last year’s series, it will be offered virtually via Zoom. Visit The Newlin Series page for the full slate of presentations.
In this lecture, Emily Whitted and Eliza West share their expertise in women’s textile work in early America. Both expert craftspeople in their own right, West and Whitted will intertwine the stories of stitchers, knitters, and spinners found in the history books with their own hands-on knowledge of fiber and craft. This talk will explore not only the different types of textile work which women performed, but also the blurred lines between domestic and professional labor.
Emily Whitted is a current PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Eliza West is an independent scholar and a former Lois F. McNeil Fellow at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.