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August/September 2022 Newsletter

Featured image: We also received these great letters from the students of May Street School in Worcester. We can’t wait to have more school visits soon!

Schedule Update

We will be closed on September 2, 4, and 5. We also will be closing early at 3 p.m. on September 10 for a private event. As always, you can purchase tickets online or at the door.

Welcome Webster Days

Over the past few weeks, we have been offering free admission to Webster residents based on their street address. It was even featured on the front page of the Webster Times. Check out our final list of September addresses below. 

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Upcoming Events

We are excited to announce our Fall Programming.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

On September 17, we will be among a select number of institutions across the country participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s 18th annual Museum Day, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States open their doors for free to those who download a branded ticket. The annual event allows museums, zoos, and cultural centers from all 50 states to emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, which offer free admission every day. You can find out more information, as well as reserve tickets, here.

Discover the Nipmuc Lithic Trail

On September 24, Experience Guide and Thompson Historical Society president Joe Iamartino will present “Discover the Nipmuc Lithic Trail.” Native Americans in the Nipmuc Territory surrounding Webster and northeast Connecticut left tangible artifacts, called lithic structures, that can be found today in fields and woods in the area. Mr. Iamartino will present evidence, photographic and from written history, of the purpose of these historic structures.  This free event is part of The Last Green Valley’s Walktober program. The presentation will be at 11 a.m. and will be repeated at 1 p.m. Register here.

A Night at the Museum

Save the date for October 14! Mark & Raianne, beloved Massachusetts singer-songwriters, will perform an intimate concert along the museum’s recreation of Webster’s Main Street circa 1915.  They’ll be accompanied by their studio band of Doug Williamson (piano, guitar), Peter Hart (pedal steel, Dobro) and Zack Ciras (upright bass). Popular Webster establishment  Andy’s Neighborhood Canteen will provide a cash bar in the lobby of the Maanexit Hotel, one of the reconstructed buildings along “Main Street.” This free event is underwritten by the Webster Cultural Council, and begins at 6 p.m. Register here.

Recent Group Visits

Over the summer we had a number of group visits, including the interns from Old Sturbridge Village, students from Webster’s Special Education Extended School Year program, residents of Southgate at Shrewsbury, and members of the Oxford Historical Commission.

A Special Visitor

We were thrilled to have Jay and Kathy Dugan, the last owners of Main Street’s L.J. Dugan drug store, visit in August. They appreciated being able to see the store as it was when it was founded in Jay’s grandfather’s era!

Coming to a Screen Near You

Premiering in September on Rhode Island PBS will be Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village, a docu-series all about the Slatersville mill village, just over the border in Rhode Island. You can learn more about the series, including where to watch it regardless of location, here. You can also check out the trailer below!

Sheep Update

People in Webster, Dudley, Oxford and other towns in the area have begun to take notice of several new visitors to the municipal landscape. A number of life-sized painted sheep have begun grazing outside local civic and commercial buildings as part of Slater’s Sheep, a community art project launched last year to support Samuel Slater Experience.Read the full press release here.

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Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.

Latest Admission is 3 p.m.

Average tour time: 1.5 hours

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