Historic Spinning at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan
Elizabeth Wood became interested in handspinning after watching a demonstration in an ancient textiles class at Emory University. The demonstrator, Annie, was a member of the Peachtree Handspinners Guild, and Elizabeth and her mother soon joined the guild. Three years later, Elizabeth now lives in Michigan and works as a historic presenter at Greenfield Village. This 80-acre living history museum is connected with the Henry Ford Museum, both located in Dearborn, Michigan. Elizabeth has enjoyed many tasks at the museum including spinning, cooking, quilting, and tending kitchen gardens. Greenfield Village is expansive and covers many different historical periods. So far, Elizabeth has worked in areas depicting life from as early as the 1760s to as late as 1915. She looks forward to working in new areas of the museum as well. She loves demonstrating spinning and says, "Not only do I get to spin which is always fun, but it's really the best way to get people's attention. I can engage people more by showing them spinning for two minutes than by talking about spinning for half an hour. It's a very effective educational tool." In her modern life, she says she loves to spin but doesn't get to spend nearly enough time with the llama fiber she has been spinning.