Thursday, September 7, 2017 1:00 PM – Saturday, December 23, 2017 4:00 PM
The Chair City Oral History Book Series honors the people who made the product that defines Chair City, while bringing the community together to celebrate the legacy, values, and skills of furniture workers. In this project, first-hand accounts from furniture workers are made into hand-crafted books using a vintage letterpress and hand-binding techniques. The books are all made by volunteers right in downtown Gardner at the Chair City Community Workshop. This exhibit focuses on the stories of people who worked at Nichols & Stone, the last large furniture factory to close in Gardner in 2008. The exhibit also shows examples of the antique tools and old-fashioned techniques that are used to print and bind the books. The exhibit runs during regular museum opening hours Wednesday-Sunday 1-4 pm.