Friends of the Home Textile Tool Museum
So many exciting things are happening at The Home Textile Tool Museum. Since our last Friends letter, significant improvements have been made to the stately Federal house and to the English-style threshing barn. Last summer, HTTM purchased the Orwell Grange building, giving us the opportunity to preserve the structure which was the community center for the hilltop village of Orwell.
Almost simultaneously with the arrangement to acquire the Grange, HTTM received a collection of modern floor looms, table looms, and associated accessories from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. IUP had closed its textile department and needed to find a non-profit home for the equipment. A gracious friend of HTTM arranged the transfer, and Board members made the move.
The Grange building will provide the perfect opportunity for us to help fulfill HTTM's education mission - so vital in light of the disappearance of the traditional textile arts from schools. The 30' x 70' upstairs meeting hall will be used for weaving and special programs. Other areas will provide much needed visible storage. We anticipate opening it to the public in summer 2017. While some repairs have been completed, more work is needed. With your help, the Grange will become a center for the study of our region's heritage crafts.
See our 2016 schedule of Saturday events and workshops. We hope you will find time this summer to visit the museum to explore the new exhibits and other improvements. Please keep us in mind as you plan your giving for 2016.
Bob and Catherine Veleker
HTTM Friends Committee