January 16, 2017

Southwide Textile Heritage Initiative

The Southwide Textile Heritage Initiative’s missions are to preserve the history and heritage of the Southern cotton mill people, and to tell their story to future generations. Based at the Cooleemee Textile Heritage Center in Davie County, and affiliated with the Cooleemee Historical Association, the Textile Heritage Initiative publishes the magazine Bobbin and Shuttle, and has conducted extensive oral history and archival research in Cooleemee’s mill village community. The Initiative has also organized and hosted major regional conferences, bringing together representatives from many mill towns across the Carolinas, Georgia, and beyond, to discuss and strategize about the preservation of the South’s cotton mill history.