Historian and Author
Richard Duffy

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 7:00pm

Talk: Arlington in 1970:  Looking Back 50 Years with Richard Duffy

You can enjoy this lecture live online in either of two ways:

–> Log in to Facebook and watch here on the ACMi Facebook page. You can visit the page now, click “get reminder” and be notified when we are live; or simply go there on Thursday at 7pm. Once we are live, you can submit questions or type comment on the right-hand side.

–> Watch on the Old Schwamb Mill YouTube channel. You don’t need to be logged in to YouTube to watch and listen, but if you have a question, you will need to log in to your YouTube account to submit on the right side of the screen.

We will also be monitoring comments and questions via email at

Richard A. Duffy, noted Arlington historian and author, observes that “Every year, a community has something interesting to say for itself, but the start of the Seventies was a particularly exciting year of change in Arlington.  Nostalgia is guaranteed as we experience the Arlington of a half-century ago.  And we’ll examine pivotal events of 1970 that continue to have a strong influence on the vibrant community we know today.”

Please join us!



In 2020, the Old Schwamb Mill recognizes 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 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.

Her dream was to convert the oval picture frame factory into a living history museum, where frames are still made today using original tools and traditional woodworking practices. She envisioned a community art center as a place where working artists could rent studios and art and craft classes would be offered for all ages.

Pat did it all. She networked with friends and fellow Arlington residents to raise funds establishing the Schwamb Mill Preservation Trust; she reached out to artists and others to rent space in the mill to help pay the mortgage and utility bills; she gave guided tours and even learned how to make oval wooden frames herself, so she could give demonstrations on the historic machines she had saved. 

The Old Schwamb Mill sponsors a wide variety of programs and events for both adults and children, including Music at the Mill performances, arts and crafts for kids, open houses, lecture, and much more.