We had a great day at the Greenfield Industrial Heritage Museum as part of their exhibit, From Rags to Riches: History of Franklin County’s Paper Industry.
Thanks to my helpers, Don and his wife Sara, my Turner Fall’s neighbors, we were able to bring the “Critter” AKA portable Hollander Beater (in the background) and give an actual demonstration of turning rags into pulp to make paper.
Here’s Sara cutting up the linen into small pieces the size of a postage stamp to put into the Critter. I picked up the linen table cloth--a really nice old jaquard weave and very large from the local Salvation Army.
Wonderful music by the Celtic trio Mist Covered Mountain with an informed Franco-Anglo history of music among the many French Canadians who travelled south to work in New England.