News : Biddeford Mills Museum connects community's past and green future

Jul 28, 2011

By David Anderson

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat and Portsmouth Patch

BIDDEFORD, Maine — For well over 150 years, Biddeford’s textile mills have helped to define life in this coastal Maine city of 21,000. Today, citizens of all ages are coming together to keep that legacy alive in the form of the Biddeford Mills Museum, a new community-based organization dedicated to “…weaving the threads of the past into the fabric of our futures.”

“Mills started this city in the 1800’s,” according to museum incorporator Scott Joslin of West Branch Construction.

Along with partner Doug Sanford of Eastland Construction & Management, Joslin spent much of the past seven years breathing new life into the historic North Dam Mill as part of a long-term redevelopment project known as the Pepperell Mill Campus. The revitalized four building campus incorporates modern green technologies, including energy efficient hot water boilers to low flow sinks and toilets.

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