2017-06-15 / Community News

Mills Museum receives donation

A gift of $30,000 from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will enable a new exhibit created by the Biddeford Mills Museum to open to the public. The 1,500 square foot, long-term exhibition will be located in the foyer of the Pepperell Mill Campus in Biddeford.

The Biddeford mill textile business had been in decline for many years and was on the verge of closure. In came Doug Sanford in 2009 with the vision of transforming the complex into a mixed use residential and commercial campus, which is now the Pepperell Mill Campus. The campus is now home to 120 businesses and 160 residents.

During the cleanup and renovation process, the machinery and items left untouched for years held a history that needed to be preserved. The Biddeford Mills Museum, in partnership with Maine Historical Society, will ensure that the heritage of the mill is told through use of space, artifacts, images, reproductions, interactive technology, and architectural features

“As a part of the real estate development team of the mill, it has been our quest from the beginning to provide the environment and exhibit material base to foster the start-up of the museum. As a museum board member, I am really excited about the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation gift, as it completes the amount of funding required to open the new exhibit. Additionally, we are very pleased to be partnering with The Maine Historical Society on the new exhibit. We could not have done any of this without the guidance of Maine Historical Society, and the funding assistance of Bangor Savings Bank,” said Scott Joslin, COO Pepperell Mill Campus and board member of the Biddeford Mills Museum.

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