Welcome to the Mill Museum!

Bienvenidos al Museo del Molino!

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We are temporarily closed for tours, but that doesn’t stop history…

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We are planning outdoor walking tours  each month.  Masks required.  Join us when you can!
Call Bev York, Museum Educator.
860-456-2178 museum
860-423-1878 home

Sat. April  24  Walking Tour:

“Where they Stood” The American Revolution:  History 101. First of three programs of teaching American history through visiting local sites.  A slow-paced walk through 18th c. sites will take the out-of-doors tour from Samuel Huntington’s Home to Windham Green and Lebanon Green.  

Preregister on the Mill Museum website.

$15 per person.   10:00 a.m.     

Parking is limited.  Participants should caravan or carpool, bring water, snack, WEAR A MASK.

Price Tiers WT

Please pay via above link or bring exact cash.  Bev can not make change at the site.

CHALK  MEMORIAL
EVENT

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a tragic incident in New York City in March 1911.  Each year the 146 victims are remembered with chalk memorials all around the city on the sidewalk in front of the buildings where they lived. This year the Mill Museum is holding a chalk memorial event in Willimantic.

Each participant will learn the story and receive a victim’s name to commemorate in chalk on the sidewalk. We will honor these victims and all who have needlessly died in industrial accidents.
Saturday, March 27
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Mill Museum
411 Main Street, Willimantic
Chalk provided.
Dress in layers.
Masks and distancing required.
Rain date is Sunday.  

FREE  MEMORIAL
EVENT

THIS HOUSE
CAN TALK

CHALK

MEMORIAL
EVENT

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a tragic incident in New York City in March 1911.  Each year the 146 victims are remembered with chalk memorials all around the city on the sidewalk in front of the buildings where they lived. This year the Mill Museum is holding a chalk memorial event in Willimantic. Saturday, March 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Each participant will learn the story and receive a victim’s name to commemorate in chalk on the sidewalk. We will honor these victims and all who have needlessly died in industrial accidents.
Join us at the Mill Museum, 411 Main Street, Willimantic. Just come by. Chalk provided. Dress warm. Masks and distancing required.  Rain date is Sunday. themillmuseum@gmail.com 

Because of the current novel coronavirus / COVID-19 crisis, the Mill Museum (Windham Textile and History Museum) remains TEMPORARILY CLOSED for many of our normal activities. We can best be reached via email at themillmuseum@gmail.com, or by telephone at (860) 617-4354, which is our Executive Director’s cell phone. We will continue to reevaluate the situation, and will update the following guide as things change.

As of March 15, 2021:

* Virtual tours, exhibits, and other great stuff online: OPEN. We will continue to bring you history on our website and through social media. We continue to add new material daily. Click on the green buttons above for shortcuts to favorite new postings. Or go exploring under “History” in the menu at the top of this page. Or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WindhamTextileandHistoryMuseum/ (@WindhamTextileandHistoryMuseum for those of you on FB).

*Virtual events and programs: OPEN. The Museum has two fun virtual program series scheduled for the winter and spring of 2021: Virtual Tea with Bev York, and Trivia Night. To learn more about the Virtual Teas, visit our “What’s Happening” page by clicking: here. To buy tickets, click on the shortcut button above or click: here.

Victorian Violet

*Indoor, in-person events and programs: CLOSED. All interior rooms of the Museum are closed because Connecticut remains in Phase II of its COVID-19 response, which strictly limits the use of indoor spaces for events, programs, and meetings, we are not sure sure when we will be able to resume indoor, in-person events and programs.

The Snow Ball, normally held every January, has been cancelled for 2021. Keep checking back here for updates.

*Gift Shop: CLOSED. All interior rooms of the Museum are closed for our regularly scheduled January cleaning, including the gift shop. We are in the process of creating a virtual gift shop, which we hope will be open soon.

*Research and consultation online: OPEN. Have questions about mill or textile history? Want to talk to a staff member? Our staff and volunteers are available, either in the Museum or (for most of us) working from home. Contact us via email at themillmuseum@gmail.com or by telephone at (860) 617-4354. (The phone number is our Executive Director’s cell phone.)

*Accepting donations of artifacts for our collection: OPEN. For folks wanting to donate items for the Museum’s collection, email us at themillmuseum@gmail.com. We will arrange to meet you safely outdoors in our parking lot. Our staff will be wearing masks. We will complete necessary paperwork via email.

*Volunteer activities at the Museum: OPEN. The Museum is open on a limited basis for staff and volunteers working on various projects. We will be practicing safe social distancing, and providing PPE following Connecticut State Guidelines for office environments. Staff and volunteers planning to come into the Museum should contact Jamie Eves, Executive Director, at themillmuseum@gmail.com or (860) 617-4354.

*Outdoor group tours: CLOSED. It’s now winter, so we won’t be doing any outdoor tours for awhile. We will start up again when the weather warms up.

*Individual & Indoor group tours: CLOSED.

All interior rooms of the Museum are closed because Connecticut remains in Phase II of its COVID-19 response, we are not sure sure when we will be able to resume group tours. Keep checking back here for updates.

The Museum’s current temporary exhibit, “Unlacing the Corset, Unleashing the Vote,” originally scheduled to end in September of 2020, has been extended through at least the end of June, 2021. When we reopen, it will be here for you to see. In the meantime, you can see a virtual version of the exhibit by clicking the box at the top of this page labeled “Current Exhibit.”

Our history belongs to us, not to a virus, and the Mill Museum will do its best to bring it to you. We look forward to seeing all of you when we come out of this.