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January/February 2023 Newsletter

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Extra, Extra, Read all About it! SSE in the Press

On December 16, we were featured in an article by Rod Lee of the Yankee Xpress. You can read the article by clicking the picture on the left below. On December 22, we were included in Worcester Magazine’s “6 Things To Do” for holiday vacation week. 

Upcoming Events

Dudley Open House

Samuel Slater Experience, Webster’s museum dedicated to the “Father of the American Industrial Revolution,” will host an Open House for residents of neighboring Dudley on Sunday, January 29, from noon to 4 p.m.

*Two admissions per household. Address ID required. Cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer. Samuel Slater Experience closes at 4 p.m. Therefore latest admission time is 3 p.m.

Learn to Weave

Samuel Slater Experience will host a three-session rigid heddle loom weaving workshop in Webster on Saturday, February 4, 11 and 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Local fiber artist Sharon Geyer will lead the workshop, which is structured for beginners and those who need a refresher course. In the first session students will warp their loom and start weaving a table runner. In the next session, they will plan another project and warp the looms again. In the last session, students will design their own weaving project.

Students will learn all basic weaving skills: how to do a project planning sheet to calculate yarn

requirements, how to use a warping peg, how to use the direct warping method, and weaving tips and techniques that will lead to success.

Fee for the course is $150, payable in advance. The fee includes yarn for the first project. If a make up class is needed due to a weather-related cancellation, the make up class will be held February 25. For more details and to register, email or call 508-461-2955.

Dudley Open House

If you attended our “Discover the Nipmuc Lithic Trail” presentation in September, you may be interested in this opportunity!

Joe Iamartino, in conjunction with the Thompson Historical Society is offering a walk at the Werge Cairn field on Lowell Davis Road in Thompson CT on January 21, 2023 at 1 p. m., weather permitting.

“This is a rocky area and the hike is about 1.2 miles in total so dress warmly with strong hiking shoes. If there is any chance of precipitation, we will reschedule the event. If there is too much snow or ice on the ground, we will reschedule. Visitor safety is the key. For those who have attended my lithic talks in RI, CT, MA this year, I mentioned this particular walk shows many of the best features of these mysterious Native American sites. For those not familiar with cairn fields, please visit the NEARA.ORG website for an overview. The Werge Preserve was kindly put into protective conservation by Carolyn and Bob Werge and we are grateful for their consideration of this important historic site. Consolidate cars if you are part of a group that is visiting the site. There will be a marker at the parking site on Lowell Davis Road which is your landmark. Google ‘Lowell Davis Road, Thompson CT’ for directions and come from the Wilsonville Road direction for the shortest drive.”

Questions? Contact Joseph Iamartino by phone/text 401-208-6051 or better by email:

Save the Date - February Vacation Hours

We will be open during February School Vacation Week! In addition to our normal weekend hours, we will be open Monday, February 20 and Tuesday, February 21, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Save the Date - Ice Harvesting Lecture by Ken Ethier

Saturday, February 25 at 11 a.m. Register here.


31 Ray Street
Webster, MA 01570


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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