Thank You – Summer Season Visitors

Our Summer Saturdays are now closed for the 2019 season.


Straddle and Surface Milling

1941 – Demonstrates advanced skills in milling metal to precision detail.

Machine Shop Bench Work

Learn about the use of Tap & Die hand tools in this 1942 film

War Time Vacation Map of Greenfield – 1943

A “Deep Zoom” closeup from page 8 of the GTD Leads & Angles Newsletter July/August 1943


New Acquisition!

A catalog of “Little Giant” products licensed to B.B. Noyes


Newly Discovered! Keith Paper – 1872

Enjoy this new Deep Zoom view of the third mill at Turners Falls.

Greenfield Tap & Die - World War 2 newsletter

Greenfield Tap & Die – World War 2 newsletter

LEADS & ANGLES – The World War 2 Newsletter of Greenfield Tap & Die

This wartime Greenfield Tap & Die newsletter tells the story of our effort at home as well as the doings of our loved ones overseas. Volume 1, No. 1 was published in May of 1942 – six months after the declaration of war. Fifteen issues are now online.

Just Added! (on April 4) New Format – Volume 2 Number 5 – September 1943


F. E. Wells & Son photo tour – 1906


Reaming With Taper Hand Reamers

New Film! “Reaming With Taper Hand Reamers” a World War 2 era training film on specialized machinist techniques using hand reamers.



The John Keith Letter Archive

Feature Collection of New MOIH Database


Turners Falls MA – Bird’s Eye Map – 1877

A “Deep Zoom” view of the vintage map


John Russell Cutlery – 1870 Turners Falls

Enjoy this new Deep Zoom view of a past landmark we just created from a 148 year old photograph!



Lost Millers Falls Tool Co. Tour

This 1943 film was shot entirely by the folks of the Millers Falls Tool Co. plant at “Erving Side”. It is hosted by local historians Ed Gregory and Richard Shortell. Together, they provide an excellent narrative of the technology and community surrounding this rare film.




Wells Bros. Co. 100From early mills dotting the rural landscape in the 18th century, to the hydro power dams and factories of the 19th century, to the tap and die industry of the 20th century, Franklin County has played a unique role in regional, national and world history.

Our collection of artifacts, archival material, and historic photos represents nearly all of Franklin County’s 26 towns and the neighboring town of Athol. The Museum of Our Industrial Heritage presents these tangible reminders of the past by focusing on the spirit of innovation that fueled each era—and explores how that same spirit might shape our future.