ATHM Path to Closure

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October 16, 2017

On October 16, 2017, the American Textile History Museum completed the sale of the museum space at 491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA, to The Textile Group. Museum staff will continue to occupy office space in the building through the end of 2017 to complete administrative work. As of the sale date, ATHM had successfully transferred more than 95 percent of the Museum’s objects to other organizations.

March 31, 2017

The American Textile History Museum has transferred the majority of its collection of historic textile machinery to the Randolph Heritage Conservancy (RHC) in North Carolina. Learn more.

March 21, 2017

We are pleased to share that we have identified future homes for the majority of the ATHM collection. As such, we are no longer accepting collections requests. We will share the names of the future homes in an upcoming update. Learn more about the transfer process.

March 7, 2017

The American Textile History Museum has voted to transfer the bulk of the Museum’s Osborne Library to Cornell University Library. Learn more.

February 15, 2017

The American Textile History Museum is seeking to acquire title to undocumented property found in the possession of the Museum within the past seven years.

Learn more about potential claims to undocumented property.

 June 20, 2016

As we prepare to permanently close our museum and dissolve as a 501(c)(3), we have begun the painstaking, yearlong process to transfer our entire collection to other organizations for continuing public benefit.

Artifacts in the ATHM collection are held on behalf of the public and, as such, will be relocated to other nonprofit or government organizations to ensure future public access and benefit.

Learn more about this transfer process.

June 14, 2016

Despite our best efforts to identify a viable and sustainable future for the American Textile History Museum, the ATHM Board of Trustees has voted to seek approval from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and Supreme Judicial Court to dissolve the Museum’s 501(c)(3) and permanently close its doors.

Read the press release and Q&A here.