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The Womencrafts Scrapbook

Every family has its own scrapbook and photo album, and the Womencrafts family is no exception. Pour yourself a tea, settle in, and take a walk through our past with us. Click the image below to get started.

Kathryn Livelli

My journey at Womencrafts began in the late 1990's. After working for Carol & Joie for a number of years, my loving partner, Debbie and I considered buying a guest house in Provincetown. After telling the prior owners, they asked us if we would consider...

Fay Jacobs

Back in the late 1970s (or was it 1980?) I was still firmly in the closet. On a trip to Cape Cod, a very aware straight friend took me to Provincetown, hoping I’d see all the women together and feel comfy enough to start coming out. I sat in...

Diana Spencer

Oh Jane, Jane, Jane… where do I begin? I think I first met Jane on my virgin trip to Ptown, probably sometime in 1996 or ’97. My (then) partner told me “You’ll love this place” and boy, was she right! I walked in and was greeted by Jane’s...

Ryan Ambuter

I didn’t start thinking critically about gender until college. There, I was introduced bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Leslie Feinberg, and Judith Butler. I started to unpack and unlearn, to disrupt and expand my worldviews. I began to understand the importance...

Gleta Gaddis

When I shopped for the very first time at "Womencrafts" Carol and Jo had just become new owners of "Womencrafts" I believe it was 1978. I started buying "Jane Iris" jewerlry at that time as well as pottery, books, tape of Womyn music. I always shopped at...

Reverend Kate Wilkinson

What I love about Womencrafts is that it is more than a bookstore or a gift store… it’s also a community center, a space for building community and working for justice. I really enjoy the book club discussions, post-card protest writing...

Anna Meade

Before I lived in Provincetown, I was a regular visitor. Every time I came to Ptown I would always stop in at Womencrafts and buy a new book to read at the beach. I loved the Stoner McTavish mysteries and Kate Delafield series. I loved that I always got...

Wendy Hinden

I came out at the age of 43 in 1997. At that time, I was living with my husband of 20 years and my 4 daughters. The following spring a friend of mine took me to Provincetown for a day trip and brought me to Womencrafts. She told me that it was a lesbian...

Janine Evers

Having come of age and come out as a lesbian in the late 70's and 80's, lesbian feminist bookstores were plentiful, and they were essential gathering places for me and my peers to get our music and literature, and to be with our tribe and feel connected....

Amanda Town Welch

I have been frequenting Womencrafts for over four years. My wife works with Michelle (the owner)'s mom, and every time we go in it always seems like a small family reunion. There's always something new that catches my eye. Recently, we fell in love with...

Billy Clem

Provincetown is, for so many of us who live outside and far away, and for some who live in town, a refuge, a second home, A Place to Be Who We Are. And, we find ourselves in all the wonderful places that Provincetown has to offer: Beech Forest, Race Point,...

Emily Bergmann

The first time I visited was with my three best friends from college a few days after we graduated in the summer of 2016. I felt nervous about leaving the unapologetically feminist and queer space I’d created with them but coming to Womencrafts reminded me...

Linda Quinn

I first visited your shop with my daughter when she was about 8. I wanted her to learn to be a smart, strong, independent woman who could make her own choices in life. We still visit at least twice a year from CT and now that she’s in college in...

Christen Alannah

When I was a teenager my friends and I would come up to Brewster every summer. One day each year we drove up to Ptown to hang out for the day. They were never exclusive of the community, but not quite inclusive either- reluctantly tolerant would describe...