Welcome to the Mill Museum
Video by Shane Goodrich
April 23 – MILL of the MONTH
Mill of the Month goes to the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket R.I.
The Museum in Woonsocket tells the story of the New England textile factories with an emphasis on the
Mill of the Month program is sponsored by the Windham Textile & History Museum 860-456-2178
The Kid’s will discover what people ate in 18th and 19th century America. Everyday diets were mostly foods that were locally grown and in season. Imported foods like pineapple and lemons were expensive treats.
New Exhibit: Now Open
Irish Eyes: The Irish Experience in a Connecticut Mill Town
Beginning with the Famine in the 1840s, thousands of Irish came to Willimantic and other Connecticut mill towns, seeking a new life. The first of the “new immigrants,” the Irish were often viewed with hostility by native New Englanders: they practiced a different religion (Roman Catholicism rather than Protestantism), sometimes spoke a different language (Irish Gaelic), and had different customs. They were often poor, refugees fleeing an oppressive regime, and sometimes held radical political ideas. Yet the Irish paved the way for waves of other “new immigrants” that followed them: French Canadians, Poles, Latinos, and others. Come see the the third in the Mill Museum’s series of exhibits about the diverse ethnic groups who came to Willimantic, CT, to help build the Thread City: the Irish.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Feb. 12 through Oct. 9.
Co-sponsored by the Irish Club of Willimantic.