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Day Trip to Textile Museum Nov. 10

November 4, 2009

The Museum of Art is offering a one-day coach bus trip to the American Textile Museum, Lowell, Mass., Tuesday, Nov.10. The cost for the cultural excursion is $48 per person, which includes admission to the museum and lunch. UNH parking costs are additional. Pre-registration is required. Online reservations may be accepted at www.unh.edu/moa.

On view at the American Textile Museum will be two special exhibitions, “Aprons: Fifties FUNctional Fashions” and “Changing Landscapes” (Chinese contemporary tapestries). In addition to receiving a guided tour at the museum, participants will have an opportunity to view“Textile Revolution: An Exploration through Space and Time,” which explores how textiles are changing the world — from protective clothing for firefighters and soldiers to revolutionary “shark skin” suits for our gold-medal Olympic swimmers.

Originally founded in 1960 as the Merrimack Valley Textile Museum in North Andover, the American Textile Museum has expanded its mission, changed its name, and relocated to its present home in historic Lowell. Its permanent collection contains thousands of books, trade catalogs, business records and personal papers, prints and photographs, a growing costume collection, millions of textiles samples, and hundreds of machines used in textile manufacture. Through its collections of pre-industrial tools, powered industrial era machinery, and flat textiles, the Museum has been able to document the history of the woolen, cotton, flax, and silk industries in New England.

Following lunch at the Gazebo Café in the American Textile Museum, participants will travel to the Lowell National Historical Parks Visitor’s Center where they may board the trolley and receive a free guided tour of Lowell. The tour will stop at The Mill Girls and Immigrants Exhibition at the boarding house. Participants who choose not to take the trolley tour have the option of exploring downtown Lowell on their own. Maps outlining the locations of the New England Quilt Museum and local galleries including the Revolving Museum, Brush Art Gallery, and Ayer Lofts Gallery will be available.

This cultural excursion is offered in conjunction with the Museum of Art’s current exhibition “Alice Spencer: Fabricating Time.” The trip is offered in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability.

Museum of Art exhibitions and accompanying programs are funded in part by the Friends of the Museum of Art, the Museum’s membership organization.

The Museum of Art is open during the academic year Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; closed Fridays and University holidays, including November 25-29.

Guided group tours to the Museum of Art, for schools and other organizations are available with advance reservation by contacting Catherine A. Mazur, education and publicity coordinator, at catherine.mazur@unh.edu or 2-3713. 

For more information, contact the Museum of Art at 603-862-3712, museum.of.art@unh.edu, or visit www.unh.edu/moa.

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