Greenville Textile Heritage Society

Greenville Textile Heritage Society emblem

As many of the people who worked in textile mills passes away, much of the history and culture goes with them.  Fortunately, there are organizations dedicated to help preserve this history such as the Greenville Textile Heritage Society in Greenville, South Carolina.  Thanks to the people who are a part of GTHS, those of us interested in textile history have a contact to obtain information.  They also sponsor the Textile Heritage Week and the Textile Heritage Festival in October, the God and Country Rally for the Fourth of July, and more.  They have quarterly meetings and seminars as well.

They preserve not just the textile history, but the activities that were a part of mill village life.  Sports was a major recreation, and mill villages had their own teams for baseball and basketball.  The Society also has a band that performs in the area (and are very very good) and a Choral Society.  The Company Store offers books, art prints and music.

The GTHS is an excellent source of information, with a listing of mills, videos, links and more, and they’re always happy to answer questions.  The membership is open to any interested persons who would like to join the Society for a $20 annual fee, which includes a quarterly newsletter.  The proceeds go to various fundraising efforts such as the Textile Heritage Park.  Which reminds me… my membership for 2013 is due.  I’d better take care of it!

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Mills in Mysteries

I’ve been a fan of mysteries for quite some time. I love “Dead guy shows”, as Ted refers to them, and my Nook list has mostly cozy mysteries stored in it.  In Summer, 2009, I discovered an author I hadn’t read before, Leann Sweeney, who writes the “Cats in Trouble” series.  The story take place in the fictional town of Mercy, South Carolina, and the heroine of the series is Jillian Hart, a quilter  who makes quilts for cats.  Another reason I love the series is Jillian is also “owned” by three cats, Chablis, Syrah and Merlot. To keep up with new releases, I began following the blog she participates in, The Cozy Chicks, and on Facebook.

The Cat, The Mill and the Murder

Several days ago, the above cover to Ms. Sweeney’s upcoming book was posted and I immediately  was curious about ‘the Mill’ part of it.  I posted the question to her and she sent a reply back saying it was a textile mill.  I had intended to purchase the book on its release since I love her work, but rather than download it as an Ebook, I’ll be buying a copy of it to add to my textile library.

I contacted Ms. Sweeney for permission to  post the cover on my blog and she graciously granted it, as well as attaching a good copy of it for me to use.  She and her family moved to SC this past summer and while looking around, she spotted several of the old mills and the villages that surrounded them, which became the backdrop for the new story.  She also passed along the locations, so trust me, I’ll be heading out there with my camera in the future <G>.

The Cat, The Mill and the Murder has a release date of 05/07/2013 and can be pre-ordered at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores, either in ebook format or paperback.  In the meantime, you can read the previous books in the series as well as her Yellow Rose Mystery series.  I recommend all of them 🙂