Historical society plans trip to textile museum

Following up on the extremely popular spring lecture series on the Industrial Revolution, the Wilton Historical Society is offering a “field trip” to the Windham Textile and History Museum (The Mill Museum of Connecticut) in Willimantic.

Jamie Eves, director of the Mill Museum, was a speaker at the series whose lecture was titled “The Rise and Fall of the Connecticut Textile Industry.” He will provide a guided tour of approximately one hour. Weather permitting, the tour will include a “mill neighborhood” walk. Leslie Nolan, director of the Wilton Historical Society, will be leading the field trip.

The group will gather at the historical society’s Danbury Road parking lot at 9 on Friday, May 30, and carpool, arriving by about 11. Participants may also drive on their own and meet the group at 11. There is a $5 per person charge, which covers the entry fee and tour of the Mill Museum. Following the tour, lunch is on your own, or there will be a group lunch at the Willimantic Brewing Co./Main St. Cafe.

The museum, in the historic former headquarters of the American Thread Company of Willimantic, Conn., houses a museum, library, and archive. Through its exhibits, programs, and collections, the museum preserves and interprets the history of textiles, textile arts and the textile industry, with special emphasis on the experiences of the craftspeople, industrial workers, manufacturers, inventors, designers, and consumers.

The Mill Museum (millmuseum.org) is at 411 Main Street in Willimantic.

The group will be limited to 15. To register, call the historical society at 203-762-7257.