NOTICE: Due to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Crisis, the Mill Museum remains closed for its regular indoor individual tours, programs, and events. But that doesn't mean that history has stopped. Scroll down to see what we do have going on.

Other Cool Stuff Going On

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 Jan. 6, 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 buy tickets for the Virtual Teas, click: here. To buy tickets for Trivia Night: here. You must order tickets in advance to receive the Zoom link in your email.

     Virtual Tea with Bev York. Join us on Zoom for tea with the Mill Museum, hosted by Bev York. $10.00 for each event. If you sign up by Jan. 15 for the series, you will receive tea bags in the mail prior to the tea programs. 45 minutes to an hour long programs on Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

     Jan. 24, 4 p.m., History of Tea and Taking Tea in the 18th century.

     Feb. 21, 4 p.m., The Perfect Scone!

     Mar. 21, 4 p.m., A Pink Tea for Women’s History Month

     April 18, 4 p.m., Herbal and Medicinal Teas

     May 16, 4 p.m., International Tea Day (May 21)

Victorian Violet

     Trivia Night. Join us on Zoom to play Trivia! $10 per person. Second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Participants will need markers and paper or an erasable white board to play.

     Jan. 13, Kings (Think Three Kings, M. L. King, Jr., Stephen King, Elvis, and more. Celebrates National Book and National Tea Month.)

     Feb. 10, Hearts, Chocolates, and Groundhogs. (Celebrates Black History Month.)

     Mar. 10, Women and All Things Irish. (Celebrates Women’s History Month.)

*Indoor, in-person events and programs: CLOSED. All interior rooms of the Museum are closed for our regularly scheduled January cleaning. 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.

*Indoor group tours: CLOSED. All interior rooms of the Museum are closed for our regularly scheduled January cleaning. 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.

*Indoor individual tours: CLOSED. All interior rooms of the Museum are closed for our regularly scheduled January cleaning. Because Connecticut remains in Phase II of its COVID-19 response, we are not sure sure when we will be able to open all or some of our exhibit rooms for self-guided 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.

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, 2020 through Sunday, June 27, 2021

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 exhibit is closed now, but when we reopen, it will be waiting for you.

The Following Activities Have Been 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.