“What’s Going On At The Museum?”

 February, 18 – Photos of Jillson Parcel  during redevelopment

Like many other cities, in the 1970s Willimantic underwent redevelopment, also known as urban renewal. An entire neighborhood was demolished, creating the open space known today as Jillson Square. South Windham resident Harold Nichols recorded all of this on film  that has been donated to the Mill Museum.  A great way to observe Windham’s 325th birthday, with an old-fashioned slide show. We’ll have popcorn. at 4:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Dugan Hall, 159 Union Street in Willimantic. 860-456-2178

 Opening – Special Exhibit – March, 18 2017

“The Timeless Art of Dyllis: Forty Years of Creative Clothing”

“The Timeless Art of Dyllis: Forty Years of Creative Clothing” features apparel — wearable art, really — designed by Connecticut native Dyllis Schlosser Braithwaite. Originally from Hartford, Dyllis attended the University of Connecticut, graduating in 1951. She worked briefly for Finn’s Fabrics in the Chicago area, buying the company a few years later. Her designs are unique, interesting, and fun. Guest curated by Laura Crow of the University of Connecticut, the exhibit will be open from March 18 to May 14, 2017. For folks interested in fashion and fiber arts, this will be a must-see exhibit! #Dyllis #WearableArt #TimelessArtofDyllis For details, contact the Windham Textile and History Museum, 411 Main Street, Willimantic, CT (the Mill Museum) at 860-456-2178,, or

    February, 20 – Party with the First Ladies

Party with the First Ladies  is an evening of fun, food, and beverage about what the Presidents wives ate and drank.  The event will be held at Willibrew, The Willimantic Brewing Company. Bev York of the Windham Textile & History Museum will discuss a few of the beverages that the First Ladies enjoyed. This is part of The Annual Party with the Presidents series but this year Willibrew celebrates Woman and Beer. The event begins at 6 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling 860-423-6777.  This is a fundraiser for the Windham Textile & History Museum.


Saturdays at the Mill Museum

1st Saturdays at 1 p.m. Hysterical Historicals

If you love Willimantic history come by for an informal meeting. There is discussion and show and tell about local history. Bring mystery photos, family letters, business mementos to evoke memories. Free. Coffee.

2nd Saturdays at 2 p.m. Kids’ Club

Nov. 12. Dye cotton T-shirts and create Who houses for Whoville.

Dec. 10. Gingerbread Holiday and 50th Birthday Party for the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

3 rd Saturdays at Museum Lyceum

A new topic of interest every month

4 th Saturdays Spinning / Fiber Arts – November, Change to Second Saturday

Every 4th Saturday – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your spinning wheel or your knitting and drop by for this Spinning get together. This exciting new program will be organized by professional weaver Peggy Church (email

4 th Saturdays Mill of the Month

Each month we visit and learn about area Mills.


Hysterical Historicals

Dr. Jamie Eves prepares himself for scholarly pursuits.

Dr. Jamie Eves prepares himself for scholarly pursuits.

The monthly meeting of Windham/Willimantic Local History Enthusiasts

Every first Saturday of the month
(unless otherwise noted, please call ahead of time for confirmation)

1:00 – 3:00pm
Dugan Hall Meeting Room

An informal meeting of anyone interested in local Windham/Willimantic history.  No rules.  No admission fee.




 The Windham Textile & History Museum presents

The Mill of the Month Program.

 A  walking tour of various mill sites on the fourth Saturday of the each month at 10:00 or 4:00.  Including exterior and some interior tours by Bev York and other historians.  Programs held rain or shine. Passport $5,  Each tour is $8.  Seniors, students and members are $6.  Attend 8 and get one free. For more information call 860-456-2178.

Tours include the study of small buildings and magnificent structures, water and steam powered factories, textile and other products, mill reuse and preservation issues and much more.  And of course, there will be fascinating stories of both famous and ordinary people who lived and worked through the decades of our great industrial past.

Event are held rain or shine.  The Mill of the Month program is sponsored by the Windham Textile & History Museum.  860-456-2178.


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