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.
Join hosts Susan Johnson and Dennis O’Brien on Sunday, August 21, from 3-6 p.m. at their home at 120 Bolivia Street for a Backyard Block Party to benefit the Mill Museum! The theme will be “Windham School Days.” We will have lots of memorabilia about Windham/Willimantic schools: yearbooks, photos, copies of exams and quizzes, and more. Share your memories. Bring your own memorabilia; we will set up a “digitization table” and — with your permission — make digital copies for others to share. We will have food, and we are working on entertainment. If you have portable chairs, or feel inclined to bring a food item to share, please do so. Please make a donation to the Mill Museum’s Mary Lou DeVivo Education Fund, which funds the Museum’s educational programs, which were supported generously by the late Mary Lou DeVivo. And help the Museum expand its digital database by bringing an item to digitize!
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.
A Great Time Was Had By All !!
Many Thanks to all of our Presenters, Volunteers and Guests!
See you next year!