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End of an Era: Deindustrialization and the Decline of Connecticut’s Textile Mill Towns.-

September 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Kenton Room on the second floor Mill Museum’s Dugan Building

157-B Union Street, Willimantic CT

In the 19th century, Connecticut was the “cockpit of the American Industrial Revolution.” Renowned worldwide for its textiles and precision machines, Connecticut – along with the rest of southern New England – led the nation in industrial production. As early as the 1880s, Connecticut’s vaunted textile industry began to move away, relocating to the Southern Piedmont. The decline was slow, but by the 1970s it was clear that Connecticut’s days as an industrial leader were over. Learn why this happened and how did Willimantic, CT, respond to the loss of its signature industry in 1985. See what lies ahead for Connecticut’s former textile mill towns!


Windham Textile & History Museum
Windham Textile & History Museum
Willimantic, CT United States
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