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Putting Human Faces on the Textile Industry: The Workers of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company

May 17th, 2023 · 2 Comments · City Library, Events, Main Branch, NH Room, Uncategorized, West Branch

The Manchester City Library invites you to an informative presentation on the Amoskeag Mills and the people who worked in them. This program will be held on Wednesday, June 14th at 6pm in the Auditorium. Join us for a fascinating look into Manchester’s past.

Daily life for the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company’s textile worker was not easy. Robert Perreault sheds light on how people from a variety of European countries as well as from French Canada made the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society and how that change affected families, cultures, the nature of work, and relationships among workers themselves. 

Robert B. Perreault has worked as a research assistant/oral history interviewer, librarian/archivist, freelance writer, historical tour guide, public speaker, photographer, and conversational French teacher to promote Manchester’s history and New England’s Franco-American culture since 1973. His works of nonfiction and fiction, written in French, in English or in both languages, include seven books and more than 150 articles, essays, and short stories published in the US, Canada and France. Perreault holds an MA in French with specialization in New England Franco-American studies from Rhode Island College and an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from SNHU. In June 2012, Manchester’s Centre Franco-American named him “Franco-American of the Year.”

This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council

For questions, call Caitlin at 603-624-6550 x7620 or email [email protected]

Signup for this program is not required, but if you’d like a reminder email, you can sign up through our library calendar! Visit and click on “Upcoming Events” to view the library calendar. Click here to be taken directly to the event, or copy and paste the link below into your browser.

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  • Kristine Ellson

    I live in Iowa. Is there anyway to view this presentation? I believe a relative of mine worked there. Frank H Cole in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Do you have records of employees to confirm this?
    Or would a transcript of the presentation be available? Thank You!

  • Yvonne

    Hello Kristine,

    Individual employment records or detailed company records like that for the Amoskeag Mills can be located at the Manchester City Archives. Here’s a link to the website where you can contact the archivist there.

    This program is being held in person in the library auditorium. I am not sure if a transcript can or will be available. Here is a link to the presenter’s page which has contact information there.
    If I find out more information about a possible transcript I will be sure to let you know.
    Thank you and have a wonderful day!
    Yvonne Loomis
    Reference Librarian