2016-06-23 / Community News

Museum gets first public exhibit off the ground

The Biddeford Mills Museum and Maine Historical Society are collaborating to tell the story of Biddeford’s mills in a forthcoming exhibition, Biddeford/ Saco: Driving Industrial Innovation. The exhibition is expected to open in 2017. Biddeford Mills Museum and Maine Historical Society are embarking on plans for fundraising this fall and are working to develop the content of the exhibit.

“The local knowledge and commitment of the Biddeford Mills Museum combined with the almost 200 years of museum success of the Maine Historical Society will allow for the creation of a professional and dynamic exhibition in the Pepperell Mill,” said Biddeford Mills Museum Board president Jeff Cabral. “Biddeford is experiencing an exciting renaissance of economic development that embodies both ideals from the past and creative visions for the present. The coming exhibition aims to celebrate this history through creative use of space, artifacts, images and architectural features.”

The exhibit will be located in Building No. 13 of the Pepperell Mill Campus. The property is the former home of Pepperell Manufacturing Co. and provides an ideal location and space to engage diverse audiences in topics including Maine’s industrial history, the ongoing evolution of Maine’s economy, the constant march of technology and innovation, the diversity and innovation of the people that contributed to the city’s sense of place and community and Maine’s relationship to the broader world.

Founded in 2009, Biddeford Mills Museum is a private nonprofit with an active committee of volunteer former mill workers, and a seasonal tour schedule. The development of the exhibition space will be the first opportunity to showcase the museum’s collection to the wider public.

To learn more about the project or to donate to Biddeford Mills Museum, contact Cabral at McArthur Library, jcabral@mcarthur.lib.me.us or 284-4181. Electronic donations can be made by PayPal or credit card at the museum website, www.biddefordmillsmuseum.org.

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