My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

American Textile History Museum -- Part 2

 American Textile History Museum
Lowell, Massachusetts
(Now Closed Permanently)

Welcome to the American Textile History Museum. Through these doors are period rooms, educational displays of how raw cotton or wool is made into thread or yarn and the collection of period clothes (as shown in my first post). Museum guide and my photos are below.

The lighting wasn't the best for photos, but I'm showing some of what I took.


Wool and Cotton


 Peeking through the window to see the general store, walk inside to see what was sold to customers (seen below).

This is a small working exhibit and they used to make items to sell in their gift shop. Things like place mats, dish towels, and napkins.

Loved the threads above and dyes below.

 Front and back of a bookmark.


(DATED June 14, 2016)

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that due to a significant financial deficit, the American Textile History Museum will be forced to permanently close our doors.
This was a very difficult decision for all involved and certainly not the outcome we had hoped and worked for. However, due to serious operational challenges and financial shortfalls, our Board of Trustees has realized that this is the only responsible option.
All ATHM exhibits are now closed to the public; all programs and classes will be closed as of June 30, 2016. In the coming weeks and months, we will be working closely with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and Supreme Judicial Court to dissolve the Museum's 501(c)(3). You can learn more on our website about what lies ahead.
ATHM has begun the process to transfer our priceless collection to other nonprofit organizations able to serve as faithful, long-term stewards. Recognizing your interest and commitment to this collection, we will endeavor to share on our website the future homes of the artifacts as they are relocated. We are gratefully accepting donations towards the preservation of the collection as we relocate the artifacts in our care.
We sincerely appreciate your support of ATHM. We are sorry to share this unfortunate news and we thank you again for your support of this great museum.

UPDATE: For November 30, 2016.