She Did It: Women Saving History

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In 1969, Patricia Fitzmaurice rallied backers to purchase a derelict mill building due for demolition.

Today, Arlington’s Old Schwamb Mill is a vibrant living history museum that serves as a center of craftsmanship, industrial history, and the arts. Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Old Schwamb Mill, the realization of visionary founder Patricia Fitzmaurice's dream, as well as the accomplishments of other women preservationists.

In 2020, the Old Schwamb Mill celebrates 50 years of preservation at the historic mill that was saved from demolition in 1970.  A new exhibition titled She Did It: Women Saving History opening on January 25, 2020  honors Patricia C. Fitzmaurice, a foresighted community leader and historic preservation advocate, who rallied friends and funds to purchase and save the 19th century mill. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.00.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Larson (left) “passing papers” to Patricia Fitzmaurice andWilliam S. Abbott representing the Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust on January 16, 1970. Image courtesy of the Arlington Historical Society.