Sun, Dec 15


Passaic County Arts Center

Lecture: The Iron Hand in the Silk Glove

Learn more about "The Rise & Demise of Industry in Paterson."

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Lecture: The Iron Hand in the Silk Glove

Time & Location

Dec 15, 2019, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Passaic County Arts Center, 675 Goffle Rd, Hawthorne, NJ 07506, USA

About the Event

Gianfranco Archimede, Executive Director of the Paterson Historic Preservation Commission and photographer of the current exhibition "The Iron Hand in the Silk Glove" in the main gallery, will be presenting on and the rise & demise of industry in Paterson as represented through the history of the Allied Textile Printing Site. The lecture will cover the establishment of Paterson by Alexander Hamilton and the S.U.M., several periods of growth and technological change throughout the 19th century leading up to the decline of the city’s industrial strength and finally to the closure and ruin of the site since 1986. Plans for the current transformation of the site as part of the Great Falls National Park are underway and will be available for viewing and discussion at the close of the lecture.   

Allied Textile Printing Site: The ATP site rests derelict since its final closure in 1986 after over 190 years of continuous operation. The astonishing variety of Paterson's industries of cotton and silk weaving, iron foundries, military firearms, textile dyeing and finishing all began here in 1792. Through large format, hand-printed, silver photographs, this exhibition tells the story of these "factories below the falls" - in context of the ATP landscape of 2006.

 Visit or call 973-706-6640 to RSVP and learn more. Seating is limited and reservations are required. 

This is a free event sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders 

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