“THE STORY OF AMERICAN INDUSTRY AS TOLD FROM OUR OWN BACK YARD”
Happy New Year – 2018!
We are open, seasonally, during Summer, but are always available, by appointment, for groups and special arrangements.
The life and death struggle of World War 2 is hard for most of us to understand and appreciate, today. Survival not only depended on soldiers in the battlefield, but also on our home front manufacturing and supply of the critical materials of war. This 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. More issues are coming soon!
A surprising presentation of Union history in Greenfield, by Tom Goldscheider. Funded by Mass Humanities
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.
So, do you think you know how to use a ruler?
Come and explore our new way of viewing gigantic images!
Movies on 16mm were once an important tool for information and education. Many thousands were made during the 20th century, but fewer survive as each year passes. Our own digital video film project is now available for viewing! Please enjoy these beautifully clear and restored examples of historic films.
From 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.