MOIH celebrates and preserves the famous industrial heritage of Franklin County with exhibits, collections, archives and programming.
Even Wikipedia says: “The largest tap and die company to exist in the United States was Greenfield Tap & Die (GTD) of Greenfield, Massachusetts. GTD was so irreplaceably vital to the Allied war effort from 1940–1945 that anti-aircraft guns were placed around its campus in anticipation of possible Axis air attack.”
We always wondered what all of our aunts and uncles were doing at their manufacturing jobs in Franklin County Now we know. Thank you!
From Museum President Jim Terapane:
Thank you for considering a gift to the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage.Your contribution will help us acquire and care for the rare artifacts that are very unique to our region, and help us continue to reconstruct the story of our region’s industrious activity.
This past year we added to our collection the very special “jamb plate” pictured above, an example of how local blacksmiths crafted their own thread cutting devices before the standardized “Cutting Die” was developed here in Franklin County. We also acquired a Blacksmith's Vise made by the Wells Bros. when they operated out of the building our museum now occupies. [catalog photo above] These rugged foot-operated Cast Iron vices are still coveted by Blacksmiths today.
We thank all of you who have supported the museum. We are making steady progress toward our long term goals because of you.
Some very exciting possibilities for realizing one long-term goal have recently become a little more realistic with the arrival of the Wing “Special” racing car. After 92 years its current owners brought the car to where it was built at the Pierce Street Wing factory, for us to view. [photo above] The car is for sale, but as of now beyond the reach of our pocketbook. This was the first time we have seen one; we were not even sure if any had survived.
With resources preserved at the still-operating Pierce Street factory, there is the possibility of manufacturing restoration parts for the racecar. A project like that would also provide a setting to teach and preserve traditional machine skills in an authentic setting. Iron John Passiglia our Vice President and property caretaker of the Pierce Street site, currently teaches blacksmith skills there, and we’d like to expand the curriculum. The owners of the car seem to like the idea. We have begun plans to explore this.
We have worked towards these goals, slow and steady, for almost 20 years. It is very rewarding to see the aspirations of the founders within reach. Please help us fulfill our mission to celebrate our industrial heritage through preservation and education, focusing on Franklin County, Massachusetts. Thank you.
An important and unique collection, well presented; fine view of the river! You’ve come so far since you first opened; we’re becoming members to help keep the good work going.
Very impressive tours, and enthusiastic, knowledgeable guides. We’ll come back!
Emily was here and liked it!
Wonderful work and a real service to the community. Thank you! Beautiful display – such a rich history.
To learn more about the museum and the work we're doing please visit the museum's website at http://www.industrialhistory.org.