Sunday, May 27, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Come see the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the Porter McLeod machine shop. Tucked away in rural Hatfield, the company shipped lathes across the country and the globe, surviving for nearly ninety years. How did it end up in the small farming town of Hatfield, and how did it last so long? Culminating nearly two years of grants and study, these never-before-seen images and artifacts answer lots of questions, but not all. Our Scholar in Residence on the project, Prof. Robert Forrant of UMass Lowell (and a former machinist), will be on hand to augment the exhibit. The collection itself took sixteen years to rescue, and has a story all its own. Come find out!