The following materials cover a wide range of topics related to the textile industry in Willimantic from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Children of the Cotton Industry

Children of the Cotton Industry (ppt)/ COTCI (pdf) /Glossary – COTCI (pdf)

This presentation examines the lives of southern children who grow up picking cotton for northern US factories.

Child Labor 1870s – 1930s

Child Labor (ppt)/ CL (pdf) / Glossary – CL (pdf)

Child Labor presents the lives of children who worked in factories during the  heyday of the textile industry.

The Story of My Cotton Dress

My Cotton Dress (ppt)/ MCD (pdf) / Glossary – MCD (pdf)

My Cotton Dress explores all of the work children had to do to make a single garment. From growing and picking the cotton to selling the finished product.

The Boss Family

Boss Family (ppt)/ BF (pdf) / Glossary – BF (pdf)

The Boss Family looks at the privileged lives of a mill manager’s children verses children of working class families.

Life of a Mill Worker’s Family – 1893

Life of a Mill Worker Family (ppt)/ LOAMWF (pdf) /Glossary – LOAMWF (pdf)

This is the story of one poor Irish immigrant family and how they came to Willimantic to start a new life.

Mill Memories: Photographs of Mill Workers

Mill Memories (pdf)

A look at the lives of mill workers through the photography collection at the Windham Textile and History Museum.

Willimantic 1882 – 1909

Willimantic Connecticut 1882 – 1909 (ppt) / WC1882-1909 (pdf)

Using old maps and images, a story is told about the town of Willimantic at the turn of the 20th century.

Swift Waters, Hot Steam, and Electric Motors

Swift Waters, Hot Steam, and Electric Motors (pdf)

A presentation on different types of power used by the mills at Willimantic Falls, 1822-2012.

The Civil War: Connecticut’s Cotton Connection

The Civil War: Connecticut’s Cotton Connection (pdf)

This lecture was given during the Mill Museum’s Civil War exhibit in 2011-2012.

A Gneiss Prospect: Shaping an Early Industrial Ecosystem in Connecticut’s Lower Willimantic River Valley, 1820-1920

A Gneiss Prospect (pdf)

How both environment and industrial history helped shaped eastern Connecticut.

If Walls Could Talk: Researching the History of Your House: A Guide for Beginners

If Walls Could Talk (pdf)

A 2011 lecture given by the WTHM director, Dr. Jamie Eves.