Welcome to the Mill Museum
Video by Shane Goodrich
Special Exhibition – August 12 though September –
“Welcome to Breadsville, USA”
“Welcome to Breadsville, USA” exhibition of miniatures in breadboxes. View the themed room boxes created by Glenn Martineau and his wife, Susan. The exhibition will run through September. The Museum is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Windham Textile & History Museum.
New Monthly Event! —- Fourth Saturday —- Spinning Bee
Nightmare on Main Street: The Horror of Confinement.
October 21, 22, 23 Nightmare on Main Street: The Horror of Confinement. (A look at 19th century Asylums, Prisons, Hospitals and Sanitariums.) Our visitors will learn about some real life stories that led to the reform of these often dark and dismal places. Nellie Bly went undercover in an asylum and wrote about her “Ten Days in a Madhouse.” Suffragettes and other women were imprisoned to suppress their voices. Wealthy patrons were committed to resort like sanitariums to be cured of their addictions. Patients were subjected to cages, shock, cold water treatments and more. The dead were buried in nameless cemeteries. Visitors can expect actual history as well as Halloween fun. Tours start from 7 p.m. through 9:30 p.m. $10.00 per person. Not intended for young children.
Stay tuned more details to follow!
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.