It all started with the original factory closing. When they closed their doors in 1996, they left a lot of things behind, including the sewing tables and benches that are now displayed in the hall. Being a pack rat, the owner saved them with no clear idea as to what he might do with them. Fast forward a few years, the Chapman museum offered to loan us the panels they had prepared for an exhibit they did on the original factory in 2002, based in part on a book by Thomas K. Simpson.
In putting the panels up, we began thinking of what else we could do, we began bringing out the machines and benches, had cases built to display the “Made In Glens Falls” dresses and shirts we purchased over the years, and talked to a photographer about reproducing some of the original ads we’ve found over the years.
We have more of the garments and advertising in our collection and try to change things occasionally.
If you have items you think we might be interested in, feel free to bring them in, we’re happy to take a look! We’re rarely at the office, but can usually be found in our shop, Made In Upstate NY, Studio 101B.