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Press Releases

ATHM to Undergo Significant Transformation

Lowell, MA – November 4, 2015—As a result of ongoing financial constraints, the Board of Trustees of the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, has voted to undertake a significant transformation for ATHM under a new business model.
The November 3 vote seeks to engage in strategic partnerships that will protect ATHM’s priceless collection of […]

Todd Smith Appointed ATHM Interim Executive Director

September 11, 2015 – Lowell, Mass. – The American Textile History Museum (ATHM) today announced that Todd Smith has been appointed to the role of interim Executive Director of the American Textile History Museum. His appointment follows the departure of Jonathan Stevens, who has stepped down after serving nearly four years with the Museum.
“We were […]


When it comes to American dress, Grace Kelly and Betty Draper are out, while Miley Cyrus and the “Real Housewives” are in. When and how did this transformation take place? Historian and award-winning dressmaker Dr. Linda Przybyszewski will have the answers in an intimate lecture and book signing at the American Textile History Museum on […]

ATHM Receives Cultural/Tourism Award

The American Textile History Museum was honored to received the 2015 Cultural/Tourism Award from the Merrimack  Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The award was presented at the Chamber’s annual Small Business Recognition Breakfast on June 12. It was the second time ATHM has earned this distinction. ATHM President & CEO Jonathan Stevens accepted the award from Joseph Bevilacqua, the […]

ATHM Honors Senator Eileen Donoghue

The American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA has honored Massachusetts State Senator Eileen Donoghue with the 2014 Community Service Award, an award given annually to individuals and organizations that contribute to making our communities a better place to live, work and visit.
“For more than 20 years, Eileen Donoghue has had a profound influence on […]

American Textile Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2014

ATHM President and CEO Jonathan Stevens presents honorary plaques to the American Textile Hall of Fame Class of 2014 inductees: the Weavers’ Guild of Boston and the late Deborah S. Pulliam. Susan Dunham, center left, accepted on behalf of Ms. Pulliam. Accepting on behalf of the Weavers’ Guild are, from left, Dowager Deans Florence Feldman-Wood, […]

ATHM Offers Free Summer Admission to Lowell and Lawrence Residents

July 1, 2014 – Lowell, MA – The American Textile History Museum (ATHM) is pleased to offer free summer admission to residents of Lowell and Lawrence, Mass.
The free admission, offered July 1 through August 31, 2014, is made possible in part by a grant from the Stevens Foundations, seeking to engage and enhance the quality […]

ATHM Presents Fiberart International 2013

June 1, 2014, Lowell, Mass. — The American Textile History Museum is delighted to present Fiberart International 2013, the 21st in a series of triennial juried exhibitions that are widely considered a benchmark for documenting trends and innovations in the field of fiber art. The exhibit runs July 11 – October 26, 2014.
Fiberart International seeks to exhibit […]

ATHM Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

May 1, 2014, Lowell, Mass. —  The American Textile History Museum has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world […]

ATHM Receives $1 Million Bequest from G. Gordon and Marjorie Osborne

January 10, 2014, Lowell, Mass. —  The American Textile History Museum in Lowell today announced a $1 million gift from the estate of longtime museum benefactors G. Gordon and Marjorie Osborne, whose legacy lives on in the Museum’s Osborne Library bearing their name.
Mrs. Osborne passed away in April 2013 at the age of 103. She was the […]

ATHM in the Media

“Wonder of Wool” exhibition earning rave reviews
Textile enthusiast Ellen Katz reviewed ATHM’s newest special exhibition, Wonder of Wool: Ancient Fiber to Modern Marvel.

Fuse Visual Arts Review: “Artist Textiles — Picasso to Warhol” When Cloth Became Art

“Homefront & Battlefield” at the Great Plains Art Museum
The Lincoln Journal Star featured the installation of ATHM’s travelling exhibition at the Great Plains Art Museum.

ATHM on WGBH’s “Open Studio”
ATHM’s special exhibition, Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol was featured on an episode of WGBH’s “Open Studio” with Jared Bowen.

Picasso to Warhol on ANE Online
Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol is featured on Art New England’s Blog.

World-Class Art at the American Textile History Museum
The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism and chose “Picasso to Warhol” as their destination of the week in January.

Fine Art as Fabric
The Lowell Sun features ATHM’s current exhibition, Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol, including a video.

‘Artist Textiles’ draws on commercial fabrics designed by Picasso, Warhol and more
Picasso to Warhol is featured in the Boston Herald

What the Heck are Tea Towels, Anyway?
ATHM Consulsting Curator Diane Fagan Affleck discusses teh history of tea towels with the Huffington Post

At Long Last, Lowell for Japan’s Shima
ATHM was honored to welcome Dr. Masahiro Shima, 2012 American Textile Hall of Fame inductee, to Lowell.

Exhibit by Exhibit, Turning Heads
An article in the Lowell Sun about ATHM reaching audiences far beyond our walls.

King Cotton and His Bloody Surrogates
The New York Times review of ATHM’s traveling exhibition, Homefront & Battlefield, currently on view at the New-York Historical Society.

Textile Museum’s Ward Earns Honors
The Lowell Sun recognizes ATHM Librarian Jane Ward for receiving the New England Archivists’ Distinguished Service Award.

Pajamas in Public: The Battle of ‘appropriate’ vs. ‘comfy’ interviewed ATHM Curator Karen Herbaugh about the history of acceptable clothing in public.

Textile Museum’s Longtime Supporters Bequeath $1M
An article in the Lowell Sun about the recent gift to the Museum in the will of G. Gordon and Marjorie Osborne, accompanied online by a video featuring ATHM’s Osborne Library

Artscope Review: Color Revolution
In the Jan./Feb. 2014 issue, Artscope magazine reviews ATHM’s current special exhibition.

Clocks, cars, toilets: There’s a museum for almost anything
An article in the Boston Globe features ATHM’s popular baseball exhibit

Colorful ’60s Fashions Inspire Textile Show
The Lowell Sun features ATHM’s special exhibition, Color Revolution.