August 9 – September 15 – Special Exhibit
“The Threads of Our Past: Celebrating Thirty Years of the Mill Museum.” The Windham Textile and History Museum (a.k.a., the Mill Museum) opened to the public 30 years ago, in 1989, so that Connecticut’s — and Windham/Willimantic’s — history as a center for textile manufacturing would be remembered. To celebrate our 30th birthday, we have put together an exhibit of images and memories of the creation, perseverance, and growth of the Mill Museum.
Saturday, August 24th — Spinning Bee
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – The Mill Museum’s monthly Spinning Bee with Peggy Church.
Saturday, August 24th – Mill of the Month
Bev York leads a field trip to Warehouse Point. Meet at the Windsor Historical Society, 115 Scantic Road, East Windsor, at 11 a.m.
Thursday, August 29th – Paint Night
A fundraiser for the Mill Museum. Spiral Arts Studio, 32 Young St., Willimantic, CT, 06226. 6 — 9 p.m. $30 for Museum members, $35 for nonmembers. Reservations required; for reservations contact 860-456-2178 or firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15th. BYOB. Free parking at Spiral Arts Studio.
Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day Reenactment: The Silent Sentinels
This year’s annual Mill Museum Labor Reenactment celebrates the Silent Sentinels — women who demonstrated in front of the gates of the White House in support of woman suffrage. Congress finally passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of June 4, 1919, and it was ratified by 3/5 of the states on August 18, 1920. Join us at 5 p.m. on Labor Day as we reenact the protests of the Silent Sentinels!
Friday, September 6th – Mill Museum’s 30th Birthday Party
We’re having a party! The Mill Museum opened to the public in August, 1989, with a second, more formal opening in September. So we’re celebrating! Join us for the Mill Museum’s Birthday Party, Sept. 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be cake.
Sunday, September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th; and October 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th – Weaving Class with Peggy Church
Master weaver Peggy Church teaches an 8-week class in weaving, designed for either beginners or advanced students. Students work on the Museum’s four floor looms, learning how to measure the warp, read a weave draft, dress the loom, weave a sampler, and then weave a project of their choosing. Contact Peggy at email@example.com for more information. Contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Lesson are every Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m., and students may have additional loom time whenever the Museum is open. Tuition is $240, plus a $30 additional fee for the textbook and materials.
Saturday, September 14 – Kids Club
Bev York presents Immigrant Stories of Connecticut: Polish, Ukrainian, and Italian. 2-4 p.m. Kids Club is a monthly event that engages children in activities that entertain and educate about local history and related topics. Each event might include a story, an introduction to some object or exhibit in the Museum, a crafty activity, and a snack. For children 5-12.
Sunday, September 22 – Museum Lyceum: “Victorian Willimantic at the World’s Fair.”
Bev York will give an illustrated talk, “Victorian Willimantic at the World’s Fair.” The Willimantic Linen Company, led by Eugene S. Boss, had an exhibition at the Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893. It wasn’t Murder in the White City — but it was the White City, the amazing exhibition that inspired both The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Disneyland! And Willimantic was there! 4:00 p.m. Suggested donation $5.