NOTICE: Due to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Crisis, events in March and April have been canceled or postponed. For further information, check the home page of this website, or email themillmuseum@gmail.com. In the meantime, you can check out our "virtual exhibits" under the "Exhibits" menu tab on this website. We have also added new content under the "History" menu tab. And we have added new "Blog" posts, too, which you can access from "Home."

Earth Day Poster Contest

We have some winners in the our
Museum’s Earth Day Poster Contest
See the talented group of winner entries below.
 
Winners will receive a family membership to the museum and a certificate.

 

Congratulations Winners!

First Place in the Children Under 10 – It’s a tie!

Emma - Age 4
Helena - Age 6

First Place Youth, 10 to 18 – It’s another tie!

Anna - 12
Faith - 15

First and Second Place Adult – 18+

First Place - Pat
Second Place - Luzella

Saturday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Sep. 13

Special Exhibit: Unlacing the Corset, Unleashing the Vote

On Susan B. Anthony’s birthday, we open a new special exhibit celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment — the Susan B. Anthony Amendment — that provided woman suffrage in every state, including Connecticut. With political empowerment came social and culture changes, including less restrictive fashions and garments, illustrated in the exhibit by mannequins dressed in vintage clothing. The exhibit covers all of Connecticut, but places special emphasis on the mill towns of eastern Connecticut.

The Following Events Are Being Postponed:

Sunday, March 22

Museum Lyceum

Beverly L. York, the Mill Museum’s Educational Director, presents an illustrated  talk, “Yellow Roses: Voices of Women’s Suffrage.” 4:00 p.m. $5.00 suggested donation.

Saturday, March 28

Mill Museum Spinning Bee

On the fourth Saturday of each month the Mill Museum Spinners gather for an old-fashioned spinning bee. Experienced and novice spinners are welcome. Bring your wheel and enjoy cameraderie and good times. Host Peggy Church provides instruction. The public is welcome to drop in. In the Kenton Room in the Museum’s Dugan Mill Building. 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 4

Kids’ Club

2:00-3:30 p.m. The Museum has a periodic Kids Club, with activities just for kids. Led by Educational Director Bev York.

Friday, April 24

Concert

Bill Dougal visits the Mill Museum with his musical performance, “Mill-Made Serenade: New Songs About Old Willimantic & New England Mill Culture.” Learn about the Industrial Revolution in Connecticut towns like Willimantic, as Bill Dougal croons to vintage 78 recordings. 7:00 p.m. No admission charge, but we will put out a donation jar.

Saturday, April 25

Mill Museum Spinning Bee

On the fourth Saturday of each month the Mill Museum Spinners gather for an old-fashioned spinning bee. Experienced and novice spinners are welcome. Bring your wheel and enjoy cameraderie and good times. Host Peggy Church provides instruction. The public is welcome to drop in. In the Kenton Room in the Museum’s Dugan Mill Building. 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 26

Museum Lyceum

Cassandra Peltier, the Director of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, MA, comes to Willimantic to give a presentation on “All Work and no Play: Learning About Willimantic Women’s History Through Textiles.” She combines a general conversation about using fabric and handmade items to learn about women’s everyday lives, a discussion of women’s experiences in mills more generally, and the 1925 American Thread Company strike in Willimantic. 4:00 p.m. $5.00 suggested donation.