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The Millers’ Forum
In 2006, The Mill at Anselma held the first annual Millers’ Forum to bring together millers from historic mill sites from throughout the Eastern United States to talk about how we can collectively improve the visitors’ experience at historic mills and promote the preservation of milling as a craft.
The idea for The Millers’ Forum originated from conversations with Stephen J. Kindig, the respected molinologist who advised The Mill throughout our restoration. He encouraged us to better understand milling and to find ways to learn and pass on this craft. As we talked to Stephen Kindig and other seasoned millers, we grew increasingly aware of the need to bring millers together. The Millers’ Forum has become an important opportunity for millers to come together to share their experiences in milling, interpretive programs, and historic site best practices.
On July 10, 2006, The Millers’ Forum met for the first time, bringing together millers from as far away as North Carolina, Massachusetts and Michigan. Eight historic mill sites were represented. Historian Brooke Hunter of Rider University shared her fascinating study of milling in the Mid-Atlantic region, and there was a lively discussion about how different historic mill sites approached interpretation. The initial Forum was funded through a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Heritage Philadelphia Program.
2006 Proceedings (PDF) Millers' Forum
2007 Proceedings (PDF)
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