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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Textile Heritage Festival 2012

About two years ago, I discovered and exhibited my textile mill photography in Greenville, South Carolina at the Textile Heritage Festival. Though I wanted to go back and exhibit again, various factors got in my way and it didn’t happen.  This year, Ted and I are making plans to attend the festival but this time as visitors.  When exhibiting, your time is limited to check out the other displays and visit with others who share the love of textile history.  Also, Ted didn’t see anything, as he stayed with our table while I did a quick look around.  This time, we’ll both get to see it.

The festival is held at the Upcountry History Museum, and includes music, song and information about life in the mill villages.  The folks of the Textile Heritage Society put a lot of time and effort to keep alive the mill village culture for future generations, and have been a source for me in locating the mills for my photography.  For additional information or any questions you might have, you can find them on Facebook.  Can’t wait to be there!!