Victorian Reenactment on the Western Prairie

I couldn’t resist returning to Oklahoma again so soon. Read about Tulsa’s massive #knitbomb108 in a story posted last week.

Members of the Tulsa Handspinners Guild at Dickens on the Boulivard. Photo courtesy of Diana Hartzmann.

Members of the Tulsa Handspinners Guild at Dickens on the Boulevard. From left to right: Diana Hartzmann, Stacey Musgrove Johnson, and Brandi Murphy. Photo courtesy of Diana Hartzmann.

For eighteen years, Diana Hartzmann of the Tulsa Handspinners Guild has participated in a fun celebration of Oklahoma’s past. Dickens on the Boulevard, a Christmas-themed Victorian reenactment, is held the weekend before Thanksgiving each year in Claremore, Oklahoma. The spinners join blacksmiths, wood carvers, and other craftsmen in creating living window displays. They have a great time each year donning Victorian dress and sharing handspinning with curious onlookers. Diana said, “We also answer many questions, and let folks know that spinning is still a living and viable craft.”

Outside, visitors can take wagon rides, drink sarsaparilla and water at the saloon, and start their holiday shopping. The event has become a tradition in Claremore, and Oklahoma handspinning past and present is represented thanks to the Tulsa guild members.

Diana was a 2012 SOAR scholar —learn more about her community and work.

Photo: Kate Larson.

Antique spinning wheel. Photo: Kate Larson.

Many spinners enjoy demonstrating at museums, historical sites, and reenactments. Share your story with us on Spinning Daily! Contact Kate at katelarsontextiles@gmail.com.

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