Progress

Progress: : a forward or onward movement (as to an objective or to a goal)

Yes that’s what is taking place here at ATHM. We have our objective in sight and we are moving forward to it.
Some examples:

Last fall we opened up this long covered warehouse door in the back of the building.

Last fall we opened up this long covered warehouse door in the back of the building.

It was hidden behind the false wall of an exhibit on fashion from the 1880's. It located right next to the "office" pictured above. More on the office later.

It was hidden behind the false wall of an exhibit on fashion from the 1880's. It located right next to the "office" pictured above. More on the office later.

Outside the boys were laying a concrete pad in order that trucks & forklifts could access the new door as with build the new exhibit.

Outside the boys were laying a concrete pad in order that trucks & forklifts could access the new door as with build the new exhibit.

Here is a shot of the 10 year resting place of the 1926 Ford "Fordor" that was part of the old exhibit. The Fordor was sold to Al Cadrette and Lenny Smith, avid antique car collectors from Townsend, MA

Here is a shot of the 10 year resting place of the 1926 Ford "Fordor" that was part of the old exhibit. The Fordor was sold to Al Cadrette and Lenny Smith, avid antique car collectors from Townsend, MA

A wall that used to separate TIA's main exhibit from the weave shed was demolished and the car had to be twisted & slid off of its exhibit perch before it could be rolled through the second floor offices of the Lowell Sun

A wall that used to separate TIA's main exhibit from the weave shed was demolished and the car had to be twisted & slid off of its exhibit perch before it could be rolled through the second floor offices of the Lowell Sun

Once on the freight elevator it was down a half a flight and is shown here making its final departure from ATHM. That's Lenny driving and Al trying to apply some breaking i guess.

Once on the freight elevator it was down a half a flight and is shown here making its final departure from ATHM. That's Lenny driving and Al trying to apply some breaking i guess.

 

Ramsey Mechanical riggers Ross Ramsey (facing away) Gary Piniero (rear left) and Rob Ramsey (right) work on removing the Whitin Machine Company roving frame that was located in the "mirror" room along with a Woonsocket Machine Company spinning frame.

Ramsey Mechanical riggers Ross Ramsey (facing away) Gary Piniero (rear left) and Rob Ramsey (right) work on removing the Whitin Machine Company roving frame that was located in the "mirror" room along with a Woonsocket Machine Company spinning frame.

Both machines were carefully relocated to Franklinville, NC along with other equipment removed from the exhibit. The space previously occupied by the “mirror” room will house a section of the small changing gallery located on the second floor as well as some of the modern textiles planned for the exhibit.

Here is one of the 23 bells known to exist that was cast by Revere & Sons during Paul Revere's personal involvement at the foundry.

Here is one of the 23 bells known to exist that was cast by Revere & Sons during Paul Revere's personal involvement at the foundry.

Revere cast his first bell in 1792, for his own church, the Second Church of Boston. He cast his last bell in 1811 when at age 76 when he ended his active partnership in the family firm. This bell was cast in 206 years ago in 1802 and first resided at a church in Castine, ME. In 1831 the bell was moved from Castine to the tower of the Steven’s Mill in North Andover, MA where it stayed until 1961 at which time it was given to the Museum. The bell will find a new home in the renovated exhibit where Museum patrons will be able to touch it perhaps rubbing off some good luck.

The space above was previously known as the 1870's room.
The space above was previously known as the 1870’s room.

While it has not formally been renamed it is currently been dubbed the technology room. The plan for this room is to locate many different types of textile machinery and make them operable. Staff will give an operational demonstration of each machine. Also planned are animations of the fast working parts of the machines so patrons can get a clear idea of what makes them tick. A new feature of the room will be the ability to walk in and get a much closer view. You can see the silver duct tape on the floor which marks out part of this new walk in feature.

Keep your eyes on the website and blog as we soon will launch into full construction mode.

Yes!
Progress!
Jim Coleman

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