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Lowell, MA – April 6, 2017—The American Textile History Museum (ATHM) today announced that it has signed a purchase and sale agreement for the Museum’s remaining 65,000-square-foot condominium space at 491 Dutton St., Lowell.
The Museum has agreed to sell the mixed-use space to The Textile Group, LLC. The Edge Group, Inc., a Lowell broker, was […]

ATHM Transfers Machinery Collection to Randolph Heritage Conservancy

Lowell, MA – March 31, 2017—The American Textile History Museum (ATHM) in Lowell, Massachusetts, has transferred the majority of its collection of historic textile machinery to the Randolph Heritage Conservancy (RHC) in North Carolina. The transfer is part of the Museum’s ongoing process to relocate its entire collection of books, archival documents, costumes and artifacts […]

ATHM to Transfer Library Collection to Cornell University Library

Lowell, MA – March 7, 2017—The American Textile History Museum (ATHM) has voted to transfer the bulk of the Museum’s Osborne Library to Cornell University Library (CUL), part of the Museum’s process to transfer its entire collection of artifacts to other organizations as it prepares to permanently close its doors.
Due to a significant financial deficit, […]

ATHM to Close Permanently

Lowell, MA – June 14, 2016—Despite its 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.
“This was an extremely […]

Matthew Coggins Elected ATHM Board Chair

Lowell, Mass. – December 3, 2015 – The American Textile History Museum is pleased to announce that J. Matthew Coggins, CFMP has been elected as the Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.
Mr. Coggins, the Director of Marketing & Communications/Senior Vice President at Enterprise Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts, has served on the Board of Trustees […]

ATHM Undergoes Significant Transformation

Lowell, MA – November 4, 2015—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 American artifacts while enabling the Museum to […]

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 […]

ATHM in the Media

ATHM Evolving and Changing: Spinning Daily
Spinning Daily blogger Kate Larson reflects on the evolution of ATHM and hope for the future.

“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.