The third floor of the museum is where the beautiful Dunham Hall Library is located.  It  has two fireplaces and vaulted timbered ceilings.  The Library houses a unique collection of resources, children’s titles, craft books and much more in a reading room setting.  There are materials on mills, immigration, textiles, and local and Connecticut history.
  • Named after Austin Dunham – Mill Founder & Owner
  • Willimantic’s First Library
  • Opened March 2nd, 1878
  • It was uncommon to have a library and to educate the masses
  • Built with Civil War profits
  • Built to benefit the workers
  • Benevolent project for the whole community
  • Used as a night school to teach English lessions, singing classes, reading & writing
  • Used for research
  • Reflects wealth & influence after Civil War
  • An important part of Americanization of immigrant mill workers
  • Also used as an Episcopalian Chapel to try to shake the Irish from their Catholic habits