Crane Museum of Papermaking

Crane Museum of Papermaking รีวิว, Dalton

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Jeanne D
1 ผลงาน
พ.ย. ค.ศ. 2021 • คู่รัก
This is a must-see attraction when visiting the Berkshires area. The museum tour explains the history and fascinating process of paper making and currency making from friendly and knowledgeable staff such as Dennis. The tour is interactive and engaging. The museum gift shop offers a nice array of related products at very reasonable prices. Museum Director Jenna Ware is friendly, helpful, and ensures a pleasant experience. You’ll be very glad that you came to see this gem of a museum!
เขียนเมื่อ 18 พฤศจิกายน ค.ศ. 2021
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Antrim8
ลิชฟิลด์พาร์ก, อาริโซน่า109 ผลงาน
พ.ย. ค.ศ. 2021 • เดินทางคนเดียว
Amazing paper samples, rich history that caries through to today with still making paper and still a real factory. It is very seldom that a piece of history is still active in current day!
เขียนเมื่อ 6 พฤศจิกายน ค.ศ. 2021
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jeffah
บอกซ์โบโรห์, แมสซาชูเซตส์52 ผลงาน
ส.ค. ค.ศ. 2021
we stopped here on our way to Williamstown, MA, for a MassMOCA visit. the staff was friendly and the content of the presentation was very informative. We were glad that some friends had recommended adding this to our itinerary and want to pass that recommendation along to others.
เขียนเมื่อ 12 สิงหาคม ค.ศ. 2021
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Romeyn2013
ปาล์มฮาร์เบอร์, ฟลอริด้า38 ผลงาน
ก.ค. ค.ศ. 2021
What a great treat! We had a museum tour that was very educational and entertaining. We learned about how currency is made and how it has evolved over the years to resist counterfeiting. We also saw a demonstration of how linen paper is made, made our own stationery and took samples of them home.
เขียนเมื่อ 27 กรกฎาคม ค.ศ. 2021
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PAdoglady
Warfordsburg, เพนซิลเวเนีย55 ผลงาน
มิ.ย. ค.ศ. 2021
My husband and I were visiting family in the area and they suggested we go the Crane Museum of Papermaking. Very informative about how paper is made for US and other country currencies, Presidential letterhead, and other interesting items. The gift shop offered many items of interest. At the end there was a papermaking demonstration and a workshop for all to make marbled paper. The grandchildren really enjoyed this!
เขียนเมื่อ 23 มิถุนายน ค.ศ. 2021
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kzsull01
วินด์เซอร์, คอนเน็กติกัต348 ผลงาน
มิ.ย. ค.ศ. 2021
My husband and I visited the Crane Museum of Papermaking in Dalton, Massachusetts on Friday June 4th, 2021. This was the second time that we visited the museum and we enjoyed it again, the last time we visited was on Saturday, June 15, 2019. We found our tours to be both interesting and quite educational with the second tour providing a different perspective and additional information. It is a nice walk back through time and a good lesson in history.

Our visit at the museum this time took a little over an hour and fifteen minutes, and it was worth the time to take the tour as well as traveling an hour and a half from Windsor, Connecticut (three hours travel time in total). An added bonus of this museum, which we are thankful for, was that it has free admission with free parking. This museum is a hidden gem in the Berkshires with a lot to offer. Unfortautely, the museum will only be offering tours in June and July this year. Hopefully they will be open more next year.

This write-up is organized into multiple sections; including: Details about Our Tour; Our Issue Finding the Museum and the Connection to the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.

Details about Our Tour:

We arrived at the museum a little before the start time of our tour and took the 12:30PM tour, which began right on time. Last time there were three docents on the tour who all provided a different perspective with each addressing different aspects of papermaking, in particular for currency notes. This time there was only one docent who was very polite, knowledgeable, informative and interesting, as the other docents were, but addressed the aspects of papermaking from a different perspective, with a focus on the paper production process. The history of the Crane papermaking companies was provided including their connection to the American Revolution and the products that they made. This was all very interesting, including the samples of cotton and linen used to make the paper as well as the use of rags for input into papermaking process, highlighting the reusability of the materials input into the process.

The tour provided great information on the papermaking process for United States as well as international currency. Like last time, a video from the ‘Made in America’ series was shown providing good background information. Multiple anti-counterfeiting technologies/features of currency notes were illustrated, as last time, however last time I believe there may have been more of an emphasis on these techniques and technologies. But, the docent’s presentation in combination with what is on display and the brochure that the museum has available, entitled ‘Dollars in Detail: Your Guide to U.S. Currency’ provide very helpful information on such techniques as color-shifting ink and numerals, 3-D security ribbon, security thread, UV security thread, watermark, microprinting and the use of red and blue fibers.

Ways of checking the security features of currency for authentication purposes were shown and also addressed in the displays and brochure, including: feeling the texture of the paper for its unique composition and raised printing; tilting the note to see the color shifting ink, numerals and the 3-D security ribbon; checking with light to see the security thread, including UV security thread and watermark; and using magnification to see the microprinting and red and blue fibers. The brochure includes a section on ‘Federal Reserve Note Identifiers’ addressing such features of currency as: serial number, specifics on Federal Reserve indicators, face and back number; series year and note position letter and number. So don’t forget to ask for this brochure, which is quite helpful and educational, if you are interested in this topic and want a lot of details about it. All these features associated with currency illustrate how involved and complex it is.

This time we had more time than last time to walk-around and read the interesting write-ups and view what was on display, before the actual papermaking demonstration. This was quite helpful because the write-ups provide very good background information, in particular from a historical perspective. Among the write-ups that I thought were interesting were the ones on Zenas Crane as well as the plaques/circles depicting the various milestone years for the company, including the important milestone in 1846 – when Zenas Crane invents a method for introducing parallel silk threads as an anti-counterfeiting measure; 1879 – when the contract to supply U.S. currency was secured; and in 1943 when Red and Blue silk security fibers changed to nylon and then cotton during WWII. Also, ‘The Liberty Paper Mill – A Cradle of the American Revolution’; ‘The Crane Museum of Papermaking’; ‘The Founders and Factories’; ‘Making Paper’ and ‘Making America’s Money: from Stamps to Paper Currency’ were interesting write-ups among others. This company definitely has a very interesting history and quite a long legacy!!

Last time the papermaking process was demonstrated and you were given the opportunity to make your own paper and take it home with you as a souvenir. This time the papermaking process was also demonstrated but we did not make our own paper. However, it was still very interesting and quite educational, but may not be as interesting as previously for children. It was all very helpful to understand and appreciate how involved the papermaking process for currency notes is. The changes from last time may be because the museum is following Covid-19 Safety Guidelines.

Our Issue with Finding the Museum:

We put Crane Papermaking Company, Dalton, MA. into our car navigator and it led us to South Street, near a railroad bridge. Since that was not the correct place, we then used the actual address at 32 Pioneer Street and it led us to the front building, but not the actual museum. There was a sign at the front building saying you have to drive out and take two additional rights.

This leads me to recommend following the actual directions, provided on the museum’s website, even though there are a lot of back roads. These directions may be the best way to find the actual museum, even though our navigator took us through most of the same back roads but told us specifically when and where to turn, which was advantageous. What our navigator appeared to miss was: Turn right on MA-Rte 8S/Rte. 9E for 429 feet; Turn Right on West Housatonic Street for .1 miles; and Take your 1st right on Pioneer Street and follow the green and white museum signs. But I am not certain we could have followed these specific directions based on the point our car navigator took us to on South Street. The directions may have to be followed from the start.

The Connection to the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield:

This museum has a close connection to the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. in that Crane Company founder Zenas Crane’s grandson Zenas M. Crane, who also was involved with running the Crane Company, founded the Berkshire Museum. There is an interesting exhibit on Innovation at the Berkshire Museum that features impressive innovations/inventions from the local Berkshire area, including ‘Crane Security Paper for Currency’. This exhibit in the Berkshire Museum together with the Crane Museum for Papermaking are nice tributes to the Crane Company’s contributions to the papermaking process/industry.

We recommend visiting the Crane Museum for Papermaking if you have the opportunity It really is a rather unique experience worth exploring. Definitely a hidden gem.
เขียนเมื่อ 7 มิถุนายน ค.ศ. 2021
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Robert G
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มี.ค. ค.ศ. 2020
We were treated to a wonderful tour by Jenna. Learned so much from her engaging, knowledgeable insights, finished off with a very cool Papermaking demonstration. An hour and a half of time very well spent - great day trip from Hartford
เขียนเมื่อ 12 มีนาคม ค.ศ. 2020
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So glad you enjoyed you visit to the museum! It was great to meet you.
เขียนเมื่อ 13 มีนาคม ค.ศ. 2020
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J Scott B
นีดแฮม, แมสซาชูเซตส์186 ผลงาน
พ.ย. ค.ศ. 2019
We were fortunate to have Dennis as the docent on our visit. One other couple joined us. He is third generation mill family and knew all the history and facts about the paper making industry. At the end we made our own paper and then a marbled version of the paper. Great hands on experience. Kids/adults of all ages will enjoy a visit.
เขียนเมื่อ 10 พฤศจิกายน ค.ศ. 2019
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All docents at the museum are Crane retirees. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that they share on the tours. So glad you enjoyed your tour with Dennis - he's great!
เขียนเมื่อ 11 พฤศจิกายน ค.ศ. 2019
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Jeanette D
ซีฟอร์ด, เดลาแวร์43 ผลงาน
ก.ย. ค.ศ. 2019 • คู่รัก
We almost missed out on the most informative part of our vacation! I was not interested in paper making as the title says but if they put "learning more about the making of your US Currency" I would have been interested right from the start! Plus it was FREE!! So much stuff I never knew about our dollar bill and the smallest details of making it, much less, making it less easier to counterfeit.
เขียนเมื่อ 6 พฤศจิกายน ค.ศ. 2019
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Jeannette, So glad you enjoyed your visit to the museum. Thanks for posting!
เขียนเมื่อ 11 พฤศจิกายน ค.ศ. 2019
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Pat
5 ผลงาน
ต.ค. ค.ศ. 2019
We were a group of 12 couples (in our 50's) who stayed the weekend in Dalton Mass at an Airbnb owned by the Crane Family, so we thought it fitting to visit the Crane Paper Museum. The building itself was a relic from an older era. We enjoyed the host who was an employee of the Crane Museum for 41 years. The presentations were very interesting to all of us, men and women. We really enjoyed the interesting facts we learned about how the company and country are protecting themselves from counterfeit money and licenses, etc. We all ended up in the Gift Shop and there was something for all of us there which we bought to remember our visit. We would highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.
เขียนเมื่อ 25 ตุลาคม ค.ศ. 2019
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Thank you for visiting the museum. We enjoyed having your group here. Hope you had a great weekend in Dalton.
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