New book on the photographic history of Draper Corporation in Hopedale MA

Author and educator Linda Hixon recently published “Symbol of Progress: A Photographic History of the Draper Corporation”, with Hopedale historian Dan Malloy and Sean S. Sullivan as co-editors.

This beautifully produced book is personal to Hixon, who also runs the Hopedale Women’s History Project. Hixon’s grandfather and his six brothers worked for Draper. In an introductory essay, Hixon asks, “What is a mill? She explains that a factory takes raw materials and makes something, while Draper made the machines that help textile factories run.

“Drapers was a factory, a store, almost a factory – Drapers was never a factory.”

It is the photos that bring this story rich in stories to life. Portraits of Ebenezer Draper and his wife Anne (Thwing) Draper, George Draper and his wife Hannah (Thwing) Draper, George Bancroft and his wife Sylvia (Thwing) Bancroft reveal the social fabric and bonds of the community founded by Adin Ballou. Of course, Hopedale and Draper Corp. are inextricably married.

Photographs of the looms and the budding Draper campus and their award-winning employee quarters fill various chapters. The back cover is based on a photograph by Frederick G. Oldfield III illustrating the demolition of the remaining Draper factory.

Read newspapers for free

Hate paywalls when reading news online? U.S. too ! That’s why we offer free access to five US dailies: Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Your Milford Town Library card number gives you access to these daily newspapers. Here’s how:

Visit: Select “Databases” from the “Services” menu. Scroll to the end of the list and select “US Major Dailies.” Start the search.

You’ll have access to articles, digital content and more, all for free.

Mitten tree

Our mitten tree has collected over 310 items from generous donors. They will all go to various local charities. Thank you to everyone who made this race a success.

The gift of sight

The round table near the entrance will display books for those with vision problems. Showcasing a selection of our large print books, the exhibition includes large print novels, detective novels and western titles. Other large print books can be found on the wall starting near the fiction section and continuing around the back wall.

Center book group

The Center Book Group will meet at 10 am on Tuesday, January 18 at the Senior Center to discuss Therese Ann Fowler’s novel, “A Good Neighborhood”.

This book is a thorny drama set in an affluent neighborhood of North Carolina. Two families, the established Alston-Holts and the newly moved Whitmans, become neighbors and share a property line, then more as their teenage children start dating.

According to NPR, “A Good Neighborhood” is “a story of race, class, region and, yes, tragic love … the result is Shakespearean.”

To reserve a copy of “A Good Neighborhood”, please call the Information Desk at 508-473-2145, ext. 2.

Check the library website and social media for updates if the switch to Zoom is warranted.

Cookbook Club

The Cookbook Club will hold its next meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 19 in the Children’s Program Room.

To compensate for the cold, we chose southern cuisine to warm us up, at least by proxy. Our book will be “Magnolia Table” by Joanna Gaines. There are many special Southern recipes to whet your appetite.

Copies of the book have been ordered from other libraries and will be available to members at the loan office.

Members are asked to bring home containers to take home leftovers, cutlery and reusable water bottles. Cardboard plates and napkins will be provided.

Please let Mary Frances Best know a few days before the meeting if you plan to attend, so that we can provide sufficient seating etc.

For those who cannot attend in person, there will be a Zoom option. Email Mary Frances at [email protected] if you want the link.

Group of contemporary books

The Contemporary Book Group will then meet at 7pm on Wednesday January 26 in the ESL class to discuss VE Schwab’s novel, “The Invisible Life of Addie Larue”.

This 2020 fantasy novel tells the story of Adeline Larue who makes a Faustian pact with the devil to live forever. However, a life of immortality is not all it is meant to be when no one remembers who you are; that’s until someone does.

To reserve a copy of the book or for more information about the group, email Shelley at [email protected]

New passes for museums and more

Milford City Library now has 13 passes to museums and other venues. Several are new this season, and some museums are barely admitting visitors. To see the full list and reserve your date, go to, then click on “Museum Passes”.

A new pass this season is for The Trustees, which has a collection of over 120 special places near you and across Massachusetts. The Trustees GoPass admits a family of two adults and children under 18 free of charge at many sites. Some are free for everyone. A guide, entitled “Where Wonder Happens”, to explore all the places in color and classified by region is available at the loan desk. This can be verified by customers when they reserve a pass.

The Science Museum offers special exhibitions. “All Aboard: Trains at Science Park” is free with the exhibit hall entrance pass. You can visit classic miniature landscapes with miniature trains, snow-capped peaks and interesting activities.

For an additional $ 6 ticket, set off on an extraordinary winter adventure with the “Polar Express 4-D Experience”. Make a day of your visit and also experience the “Rocky Mountain Express” for an additional $ 6 ticket. Travel to the age of steam and ingenuity that shaped a nation.

You can stand in caucus with Tom Brady at the Patriots Hall of Fame

We recently received passes to the Patriots Hall of Fame at Patriots Place in Foxborough and Historic New England. Historic New England admits guests to historic homes and gardens throughout New England. A magazine of the same title is on the periodical shelf and features special stories and sites.

ESL and citizenship courses

ESL classes are currently suspended.

Active Citizen: Citizenship preparation classes are held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays (this program is not a walk-in program, as students must approach the minimum residency requirements – five years, in almost all cases). The ESL instructor or coordinator must approve you for the course. Instructor Atef Sorial was a guidance counselor in his native Egypt, followed the naturalization process and now works with Milford Public Schools and Milford Hospital on Project Search.

Copies of the December calendar will be at the reference desk, the Grab ‘n Go table, near the ESL classroom and on our website.

Share your collection

Many people did a lot of sorting and organizing in their home spaces during the first days of the pandemic. Maybe you were one of those people who found a collection that you haven’t seen in a while or even forgot you have.

Consider sharing your collection with the Milford Town Library. Both the adult and children’s departments have a showcase that can safely showcase your treasures.

Before the pandemic, we usually had monthly rotating exhibits that included dolls, badges, photographs, travel memorabilia, tea cups, snowmen, penguins, key chains.

Please contact the information desk at 508-473-2145, Ext. 2, to program your month.

Pantry donations

The City of Milford Library accepts donations to the Daily Bread Food Pantry every day. During the pandemic, he is particularly welcome. Food donations can be placed in the blue bucket under the Friends Library table.

A member of staff brings the donations to the pantry on Monday evening.

Visit us: for more information.

Mary Frances Best is Reference Librarian at the Milford Town Library.

Michael E. Marquez