Nancy Bell

A visual arts and women’s history program for Massachusetts schools about the role the art of spinning played in the American Revolution

Nancy Bell - HartwellSpinning History: Heroines on the Home Front

For more than twenty years, storyteller, historian, and hand-spinner Nancy Bell has been delighting audiences all over New England at libraries, schools, museums, and festivals with her fun, hands-on, Historical “Edu-tainment.”  Dressed in carefully researched, hand-sewn, historically accurate clothing, she demonstrates three kinds of spinning from “the Great Wheel” to the “drop spindle” and sings propaganda songs, used during the Colonial Revolution, to entice young female rebels to learn to spin. Students learn that true “Independence” came about in part because women were instrumental in creating and replacing the existing textile economy in the colonies by learning to spin, something not many women did before the war.

Target Grades: 3-12
Audience Limit: 400

Nancy Bell - Maynard (cropped)Post Performance Workshops

In post-performance workshops, groups of up to 40 students get to spin and take home their very own bookmarks while learning how women and girls did as much to free America as their brothers with bullets and bayonets!”

Participant Limit: 40
Target Grades: 3-12

Nancy Bell Performance Requirements

Nancy Bell wayside 2PRICING
Single: $525 Double: $840 Triple: $1,103
Travel Fee: based upon mileage
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Mileage Rates
Note: Double the mileage calculated below to account for initial and return trips