|The American Textile History Museum|
Marcus continues its museum collaborations for Spring 2010 with THE COCHECO MILLS COLLECTION, a partnership with the American Textile History Museum, designed by Judie Rothermel.
Now celebrating its 50th year, it began as the Merrimack Valley Textile Museum in North Andover, Massachusetts in 1960. Since then, the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) has expanded its mission, changed its name, and relocated to its present home in historic Lowell, Massachusetts. It has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1973.
The Museum was founded by Caroline Stevens Rogers, a member of a major textile industry family and a handweaver and dyer in her own right. During its first thirty years, the Museum documented the woolen, cotton, flax and silk industries in New England and beyond through its collections of pre-industrial tools, powered industrial era machinery, flat textiles and the rich collections of its Osborne Library.
The Museum supports research and publication, hosted conferences, presented exhibitions and public programming. It also developed a model program with the public schools of neighboring Lawrence, Massachusetts. In 1977, the Textile Conservation Center was established as a department of the Museum. Today, its mission of education and inspiration continues through a variety of exhibits, public programs and activities. Visit www.athm.org