Learning through the Lens of Textile Arts: Featured Events

3 Community-Based Events Support Interests & Education Through the Lens of Textile Arts

An interest in textiles and the domestic arts can be a lens into learning about other cultures, local history, and industry. Here are three free community-based events coming up this month that supports these intersections of learning!

Thursday, September 15, 1pm-5pm
CULTURAL STUDIES/MAYAN INDIANS
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Springfield Library will be hosting cultural heritage programs between September 15 and October 15. The month long celebration kicks off with an educational display about textiles produced in Central America by Mayan Indians at the East Forest Park Branch. Come see books, handwoven clothing, and wall hangings which highlight the culture and history of Mexico and Guatemala. 413-263-6836.122 Island Pond Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, September 17, 10:30am-12pm
LOCAL HISTORY/WEAVING
What does the city of Holyoke have in common with weaving? Holyoke was originally intended to be a textile manufacturing city. Families with children ages 7 and older (siblings welcome) are invited to Holyoke Heritage State Park to learn about that history and the basics of how cloth is woven. Participants will be able to engage in hands-on learning, weaving their own colorful cloths. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Friday, September 23, 10:30am-11:30am
LOCAL HISTORY/TEXTILE MILLS
Get out in nature while learning about the industrial history of your community! Individuals and families with children ages 8 and older (siblings welcome) are invited to tour Holyoke’s upper and second level canals. In this walk you will learn about the canals’ history, how they were built, how they were harnessed to power paper and textile mills, and how they are used today. Meet at the visitors’ center at Holyoke Heritage State Park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 413-534-1723. 221 Appleton Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

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