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David Macaulay: BUILDING A MILL TOWN

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Heritage Winooski Mill Museum

20 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 301

Winooski, VT 05404

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Featuring original drawings, sketches, research notes, manuscript from Macaulay's 1983 book Mill.

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Visitors may enter the gallery by timed ticket with up to 4 guests per group. All visitors must wear a mask, fill out a covid screening form, and certify that they are complying to Vermont mandated travel restrictions.

This temporary exhibit gives us a new perspective on Macaulay’s classic 1983 book Mill. The show includes a selection of illustrations of mill town landscapes and waterpower technology included in the book. Pages from the authors sketch book show his process for researching and developing both the storyline and images for the fictional mill town. Through his detailed studies of the mechanics and architecture of real historic mills, Macaulay's illustrations brings us on journey through time to gain a deeper understanding of how New England mill towns evolved. As you look through the exhibit, you may notice some similarities to the Champlain Mill and other mill structures in the Winooski mill district and Vermont.

David Macaulay is an internationally known author, Caldecott award winning illustrator, and MacArthur fellow. He has written and illustrated 33 books the best known of which have been translated into almost two dozen languages. Many of his books have the common theme of explaining the things that shape our lives in a clear and precise way. One of his most beloved publications is The Way Things Work (1988) and the updated version The Way Things Work Now (2008). For Mill (1983), Macaulay took inspiration from the beautiful simplicity of the mill buildings surrounding him where he lived in Rhode Island. In 2006 Macaulay and his family moved to Norwich, Vermont where he continues to produce books that ’explain’ things.

David Macaulay: BUILDING A MILL TOWN is part of the 2020 Vision initiative of the Vermont Curators Group and supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council.

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Heritage Winooski Mill Museum

20 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 301

Winooski, VT 05404

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