In the 19th century, many men and women of Macclesfield emigrated to Paterson, New Jersey to work in the burgeoning silk industry there. The city became known as ‘the Macclesfield of America’.
In May 1918, Macclesfield received an American flag from the Mayor of Paterson in exchange for a Union Jack sent by Macclesfield’s Mayor “to mark the good feeling existing between the inhabitants of Paterson and Macclesfield, as allies in the Great War with Germany”.
To celebrate this event, we explore the close connections between these two communities.
Please note: in our printed January-June 2018 leaflet, the exhibition is shown as taking place in The Old Sunday School; instead, it is now to be held at The Silk Museum.