The Seneca Knitting Mill was built in 1844 and known through time as the Seneca Woolen Mills, Phoenix Mills, Geb & Souhan Yarn, etc., It ran continuously for 155 years, while the initial employees were almost strictly male, the tide changed and eventually the mill employed mostly women (operating the knitting machines, sewing socks together, etc.) it finally ended its career as a knitting mill in 1999 and is now the headquarters of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and Center for Great Women museum until it closed in 1999.
For women, working in a knitting mill must have felt like a natural progression of moving into the workforce. It is after-all sort of a hybrid of “women’s domestic house work” transferred to a professional setting. So, it seems the Seneca Mill location for the National Woman’s Hall of Fame is the perfect location to celebrate woman’s history of advancement, empowerment and achievements through time, and to also honor the woman laborers, who worked in the Mill.