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Emma Wyse (PhD Candidate) writes guest blog on The Rosamond Woolen Company and Mississippi Textile Museum

Emma Wyse (PhD Candidate) recently published an article for the Kingston and Area Association of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites (KAM) website as a Visitor-in-Residence Guest Blogger.

Emma's piece focuses on the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Almonte, one of KAM's partner institutions. 

As Emma explains, 

The site of the museum was once the annex of the Rosamond Woolen Company, a textile operation founded in Almonte in 1861 which specialized in making material for suits. The Rosamond Woolen Company was one of many mills and textile companies operating in the Mississippi Valley region at the turn of the 20th century, as the geography of that area—with its powerful rivers and many waterfalls—was ideal for the construction of mills. In fact, the first settler in Almonte, David Shepherd, constructed a sawmill and gristmill in 1819. The very reason that Almonte exists is down to its history of mills ... Visiting the MVTM allows you to step back in time and appreciate the technological advancements necessary for fabric production, something we now take for granted.

You can read the full article here.

KAM is looking for more "Visitor-in-Residence" Guest Bloggers to write pieces on museums, galleries, and historic sites in and around Kingston for the KAM website. These pieces should model the experience of visiting the museum. This project is an ongoing initiative with the Department of History to provide graduate students with opportunities to publish their work and network with local museum professionals. 

Those interested in applying should email Sadie Babcock at



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