We interviewed 32 people in the town of Lee. Some people told us about their work making paper, others talked about how the industry supported their businesses in town (insurance, hardware, etc.). We are working to use what we found to tell the story of this town and paper making. The interviews were video recorded.
We wanted to make this project a part of the community. We worked with students in the Lee schools.
We asked longtime Schweitzer Mauduit employee Walter Defreest to make us a model of the Eagle Mill, which we donated to the Lee Library.
We also did some archival research. We found many important items, including this worksheet, in the archives of the Willow Mill, now Onyx – the only running paper mill.