The Manchester Historical Society has obtained two large Jacquard looms, a dobby loom, a narrow-fabric loom, and other textile equipment, and is in the process of creating its Loom Exhibit on the lower level of The History Center, 175 Pine Street. The exhibit will illustrate the significance of textile mills in New England's history, the Cheney silk mills' importance in this history both nationally and internationally, and the interrelation to other cultures' textile history.

The looms that are the central part of this exhibit came from Scalamandre in New York, and are similar to the looms that operated in the Cheney silk mills. Paula Lajaunie Viscogliosi, chairperson of the Friends of the Looms and Art Director of the project, and her husband, Anthony Viscogliosi, obtained and donated the Jacquard looms and related machines to the Historical Society. This equipment will be the centerpiece of the exhibit. The exhibit will tell the story of Manchester's mills and their relation to textile mills in our New England culture and history.

The loom exhibit will include photographs, hands-on displays, and interpretive features. This is a very large project! Articles, particularly from our Courier newsletter, have tracked the progress of the Loom Exhibit effort, beginning with their announced acquisition in May, 2005. You can view these by clicking: Reprinted Loom Articles.

For more information on the Loom Exhibit, please call 860-647-9983.

The Loom Exhibit is located on the lower level (Forest Street side) of the History Center.

Driving Directions to The Manchester History Center
From Hartford, eastbound on Route 84, Exit 59 to I-384 East. Take Exit 3 off I-384. Right off the exit ramp onto South Main Street. At the first light, take a left onto Hartford Road. Take the second right onto Pine Street. The History Center is on the right, at the corner of Forest Street. The parking lot is just beyond the building.

From Providence, R.I. and Bolton, CT, westbound on I-384 West. Take Exit 3 off I-384. Left off the exit onto Charter Oak Street. Straight through first light (intersection with Main Street), and stay straight -- name of road changes to Hartford Road. Take the second right onto Pine Street. The History Center is on the right, at the corner of Forest Street. The parking lot is just beyond the building.