Gordon Library is celebrating the donation of the Morgan Construction Company’s corporate records to the WPI Archives and Special Collections with an exhibition and reception on Friday, September 23, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Gladwin Gallery on the ground floor. The exhibition, Morgan Construction Company: Revolutionizing the Rolling Mill Industry Worldwide, highlights some of the key innovations Worcester’s Morgan Construction Company brought to the rolling mill industry, beginning in the 1880s and continuing into the 21st Century. Included in the exhibit are models of mills and machinery, historic photographs, patents, and a drawing of an early Morgan mill. The inventions of Charles Hill Morgan and other Morgan engineers (many WPI graduates) made rolling steel and other metals into bars and wire far more efficient and safer. The Morgan family has been involved with WPI from its founding in 1865, when Ichabod Washburn asked Charles Hill Morgan to supervise construction of the Washburn Shops, where WPI students learned engineering hands-on. Throughout WPI’s history, successive generations of Morgan men have served on the Board of Trustees, two as its Chairman.
Watch select clips of Mike Dorsey’s interview with the Morgan brothers about the history of Morgan Construction Company and their relationship with WPI: