In honor of Women’s History Month, Auburn Public Library is set to host a talk, From Farm to Factory: A Look at Early Work for Women in Maine’s Textile Mills.

The talk will be given by Mary Kate MacVicar, educator and community outreach manager at Museum L-A.

The event will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in the Androscoggin Community Room of the 49 Spring St. library.

MacVicar will explore how textile mills in the region brought new opportunities for women to work outside of domestic life and the challenges they faced in this new world. Through archival photographs, primary documents and sample museum artifacts, she will look at what life would have been like in the late 1800s for women during the Industrial Revolution, according to a news release from Donna Wallace at the library.

MacVicar joined the Maine MILL staff in January 2022 after working as a teacher and school librarian for more than 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Susquehanna University and a Master of Science degree in library and information science from The Catholic University of America.

This program is made possible through a partnership with the Maine Museum of Innovation, Learning + Labor.

No registration is necessary. For more information, visit or the library’s Facebook page, or call the reference desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4.



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