CURRENT AND UPCOMING SPECIAL EXHIBITS AND EVENTS AT THE MILL MUSEUM

Special Exhibit: Sewn Stories, Shared Lives Art Exhibit. Opens Fri., Sept. 1. A fiber art exhibit featuring works by Linda Martin and Carol Vinick. Artists’ Statement: “We, Linda and Carol, are a Black American and a Jewish American, sisters who came together because of our gifts expressing ourselves through fabric art. We come from different backgrounds but share stories with common threads of struggle and survival. Our intent is to create thought-provoking quilts that express the vibrancy of life and pay homage to the resilience and courage of those who came before us.” The Museum is open Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The exhibit is included in admission to the Museum and, of course, current Museum members are free.

Community Event/Third Thursday. Thurs., Sept. 21, 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The
Mill Museum and our friends at the the CT Eastern Railroad Museum will be handing out flyers. Provide your name and contact information for a chance to win free tickets to the Mill Museum in a drawing. When you visit, make a Polish flag craft.

Walking Tour: Walktober — Here All Along: African American History and the Old Willimantic Cemetery. Sat., Sept. 23, 1:00 2:30 p.m. Rain date: Sat., Oct. 7, 1:00-2:30 p.m. This easy walk, led by Windham Town Historian Jamie Eves, will explore the history of African Americans (including their white allies) in Windham and Willimantic, CT, by visiting graves in the cemetery. A general history of the cemetery will be included. The walk is the capstone event of the Mill Museum’s exhibit, “Here All Along,” which examined the history of African Americans in the Windham/Willimantic area. Walkers will learn about the Methodist Melee on Main Street, the Jackson family (for whom Jackson Street is named), the Civil War soldier Caesar Hall and his wife Julia, and others. There are no public restrooms, but there is a fast food restaurant nearby. The cemetery is located at the junction of Main Street and Columbia Ave., Willimantic, CT, 06226. across the street from the Stop and Shop and right next to Tyler Square. There is plenty of parking at Tyler Square and the Stop and Shop, as well as limited parking in the cemetery. Meet the western gate — the one next to Tyler Square. There is no fee. The tour is part of Walktober, sponsored by the Last Green Valley.

Museum Lyceum: Past Meets Present: Lessons from Indigenous Communities and Inspiring Future Storytellers. Sun., Oct. 8, 2:00 p.m. Join us as our very own Senior Educator and Associate Director, Mac Korte, shares his experiences and knowledge of Indigenous American history and culture. With experiences that stretch coast to coast, including working with tribes from the Pacific Northwest to here in New England, Mac provides a fresh perspective on the dynamic world of Indigenous communities. Sharing his journey, learn how these pivotal moments have shaped his educational approach at the Windham Textile and History Museum along with his broader perspective in the museum and history fields. This discussion not only bridges personal experiences with our museum’s mission but also casts a spotlight on a new generation, inviting a new wave of aspiring historians and museum professionals to get involved and learn from the rapidly changing museum and history landscapes. Held in the Mill Museum’s historic, restored Dugan Hall, 157B Union Street. Parking in the Museum’s parking lot on Main Street, on on-street parking on Union Street. This event is subject to change. $12 for Museum members; $15 for the general public. Please purchase your ticket in advance through our website, by PayPal, or at the Museum Gift Shop, cash, check, or credit card by October 6.
                                   
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Annual Membership Meeting. Thurs., Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m. The Mill Museum is a membership-based, nonprofit corporation, and as such holds a Membership Meeting once each year. All Mill Museum members are invited to attend. Held in the Mill Museum’s historic, restored Dugan Hall, 157B Union Street. Parking in the Museum’s parking lot on Main Street, on on-street parking on Union Street. Please contact Kira Holmes at director@millmuseum.org by Oct. 8 if you would like to attend.

Multi-media Presentation: Spooky Tunnel Tour. Sat., Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m. Explore a theatrical and historical first screening of the Willimantic Spooky Tunnel Tour.  This multi-media presentation — part video, part slide show, part discussion — will explore local tunnels outside and inside The Mill Museum. Numerous tunnels, now abandoned, once snaked underneath the the mill environs of Willimantic, CT. Many have been filled in, but some remain. Why were they built? What were they used for? What local legends have grown up around them? What is in them now? What do old mill engineering plans tell us about them? Join us and find out! $12 for members and $15 for the public. Please purchase your ticket in advance through our website, by PayPal, or at the Museum Gift Shop, cash or credit card by October 27. A Zoom screening will be available; contact Kira Holmes for this option. Held in the Mill Museum’s historic, restored Dugan Hall, 157B Union Street. Parking in the Museum’s parking lot on Main Street, on on-street parking on Union Street. This event is subject to change.

Special Event: Steampunk Faire. Sat., Nov. 18. This full-day extravaganza features vendors, demonstrations, tea, and a lecture. If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, please email Kira Holmes at director@millmuseum.org. The logo for this event was donated by Jenn Maynard, who will be one of our vendors at the Steampunk event!

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Special Event: Steampunk Vendor. Sat., Nov. 18. This is a full-day extravaganza. If you are interested in being a vendor at this event, please email Kira Holmes at director@millmuseum.org. The vendor fee is $30. The logo for this event was donated by Jenn Maynard!