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ERIC Number: ED444891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Bale to Bolt: Activity Guide.
Massachusetts Univ., Lowell. Tsongas Industrial History Center.
This field trip program consists of a 90-minute interpretive tour and a 90-minute hands-on workshop in which students learn about the process of making cloth both by hand and in a factory. The program focuses on the changing nature of work and the roles of workers. The tour and workshop complement one another by exploring different aspects of the transition from farm to factory. On the tour, students visit both a restored weave room with 88 operating power looms and the "Working People Exhibit" where they can examine what life was like outside the factory. In the workshop, students participate in two sets of activities: after an introduction to the mechanics of manual cloth production, students work in pairs and learn to weave on hand looms; one student remains at the loom to experiment with creating different weave patterns, while the other works in the "Discovery Area" stations. The program's activity guide presents the theme; lists program objectives; provides historical background; and enumerates pre- and post-visit activities. A glossary of terms concludes the guide. (BT)
Tsongas Industrial History Center, 400 Foot of John Street, Lowell, MA 01852; Web site: (
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Lowell. Tsongas Industrial History Center.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts