376 Commercial Street

376 Commercial Street (1939), from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

376 Commercial Street (1939), from the Provincetown History Preservation Project.

Kathryn Livelli and Wendy Hinden, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Kathryn Livelli and Wendy Hinden, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

Womencrafts, devoted to women and women’s interests, occupies the home of a most intrepid and courageous woman, Viola Cook, who joined her husband, Capt. John Atkins Cook, on whaling trips to the Arctic. A 44-month journey beginning in 1903, filled with violence and deprivation, forever transformed her. Eugene O’Neill loosely based Ile on her story. Helene “Nini” Lyons bought the house in 1975 and opened Remembrances of Things Past. Alexea Pickoff and Vashte Doublex opened Womencrafts at Pepe’s Wharf in 1976. Carol Karlman and Jo Deall bought the business in 1978 and moved it to the Cook house. They sold it in 1999 to Kathryn Livelli and Debbie Estevez, who died in 2009. Livelli still owns the shop and runs it with Wendy Hinden.

Update | May 2015: Livelli has sold the shop to Michelle Axelson.


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