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In September 2005, the Union Mills Homestead will be hosting the annual SPOOM (Society for the Preservation of Old Mills) Conference. This is an international organization whose purpose is to "promote interest in old mills and other Americana now passing from the present scene." Each year the Society selects a host mill from various regions throughout the U.S. and Canada who then has the responsibility of organizing tours, workshops, seminars and other events for this 2 1/2 day conference. For those who wish to extend their visit, optional activities are also planned for the day prior to and the day after the conference. In addition to mill‑related information, participants will be given the opportunity to enjoy special points of interest and local cuisine.

Having accepted this commitment, the Union Mills/SPOOM‑05 conference committee has adopted the theme "Mills Along the Mason‑Dixon Line." We have contracted Best Western Conference Center in Westminster as our headquarters. The dates will be Friday, Sept. 9 through Sunday morning Sept. 11, 2005, with additional activities on Thursday the 8th and Sunday afternoon. Seminars will be held at the conference center, and mills in Carroll county and southern Pennsylvania will be toured. Friday evening's meal and festivities will be hosted by Roop's Mill at their new banquet facility in Westminster. Saturday evening's venue will be casual dining and entertainment at Union Mills. The cost of meals, transportation, speakers, and conference center activities will be covered by a conference fee. Additionally, we will be seeking donations and sponsors to pay for the many extra touches that we would like to provide, especially when the group arrives at Union Mills.

The committee is delighted to bring such a diverse group of participants to our rolling hills of Carroll county, southern Pennsylvania, and surrounding area. Those attending the conference will represent a wide range of interests. There will be mill owners, employees of mill sites in county, state and federal parks, historians, engineers, architects, photographers, archaeologists and mill enthusiasts. We are anxious for Union Mills to be a real focal point. This gives us an excellent opportunity to evaluate our mill/homestead complex. We have already begun doing some serious house cleaning in the mill. We will be working closely with the county to make any needed repairs over the next year. Chuck Ives and the curator committee will prepare some informative displays for the event. The benefits of this effort will be long lasting. Not only will many projects be completed but we will also receive a generous amount of local and national publicity.

This is just the beginning. Over the next year we will be setting up various committees and asking for volunteers. We hope that many of you will be able to lend a hand. We think that it will be a very enjoyable and educational experience. More information will be forthcoming in subsequent issues of the "Newsletter."

SPOOM Announcement Union Mills photos Mill video
1 minute excerpt from video, available from the Homestead gift shop.
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Mill history SPOOM Home

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