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Open Tuesdays and Saturdays 11am-3pm for guided tours of the Mill, including frame-turning demonstrations on original 19th century lathes, art gallery viewing, and sale of our finely crafted frames. Groups by appointment. The time for a Saturday tour will be adjusted when necessary to avoid disruption of scheduled special events.


OSM turner David Graf giving a frame-turning demonstration. Other steps in the manufacture of an oval frame will also be demonstrated during each tour. Photo by Ed Friedman

The Mill, one of Arlington's hidden historic gems, is an 1864 picture frame factory and living history museum. It is the country's only manufacturer of hand-turned museum quality oval frames. The Mill is a worthy destination in its own right, with its rich industrial history, its bucolic setting on Mill Brook and, in particular, its original and still-used 19th-century machinery.

Donations welcome.

SHAKER WORKSHOP

Visit the Shaker Workshops in the mill's barn and take advantage of the 10% discount that OSM members receive. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, furniture, lamps, rugs, and many seasonal and unique gift items are available.

For more information, please call:
Ed Gordon, Director of Museum Programs, at 781-643-0554
or send e-mail to info@oldschwambmill.org.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

CURRENT EXHIBIT " 'For Crying Out Loud... We Are One' An Exhibition of the Woodcuts and Drawings of Arlington Heights Artist Stan Edelson." Celebrating nearly 70 years as an artist, this exhibit displays the work of Stan Edelson, a native of New York City’s Lower East Side. He has been an instructor of community-based theatre at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education since 1959. Influenced by the German Expressionists of the 1920s and 30s, the themes of Stan’s OSM show will include portraiture, urban life and social justice.


Monday, February 19, to Saturday, February 24, 2018. The Old Schwamb Mill Will Be Open Every Day for February School Vacation Week! For the first time, the Mill will be open 11:00 to 2:00 pm every day during the week of February School Vacation. Come with the family to learn about the Mill's machinery and history.


Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2:00 pm. Wood Block Prints with Stan Edelson. Stan will talk about how he creates wood block prints as part of the school vacation week events. He will also demonstrate the process. Stan is the creator of the works in the current art show " 'For Crying Out Loud... We Are One' An Exhibition of the Woodcuts and Drawings of Arlington Heights Artist Stan Edelson."


Saturday, March 3, 2018, 2:00 pm. Closing Reception for the Winter Art Exhibit. Closing Reception for " 'For Crying Out Loud... We Are One' An Exhibition of the Woodcuts and Drawings of Arlington Heights Artist Stan Edelson."


Saturday, March 17, 2018. Spring Open House at the Mill.

11:00 am - 2:00 pm Tours and demonstration of the Mill's elliptical faceplate lathes and other machinery.

2:00 p.m. start Celtic music by Matt and Shannon Heaton, renowned instrumentalists and singers.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Opening reception for the spring exhibit "Mill Photographs 1969-1970." As the Schwamb Mill ended its days as a family business in 1969, two renowned photographers from Harvard, Len Gittleman and Richard Rogers, visited numerous times and took hundreds of black-and-white photographs. Beautiful works in themselves, these photographs form a valuable historical record of the Mill as it was in its business life. We encourage friends of the Mill to see this exhibit.


 

Please Note: Suggested donation for entrance to all OSM programs is $5.00 unless otherwise specified.