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January/February 2024 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

From our family to yours, we hope you had a great holiday season and start to 2024.


SSE In the News

We recently welcomed Levan Reid from WBZ’s “It Happens Here” for a segment on the museum, which aired on January 9. You can see it below or here.

Upcoming Events

Holiday Hours
In addition to our normal weekend hours, we will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We also will be open on Presidents’ Day, February 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission will be 3 p.m. On January 15 and February 19, children 12 and under who visit with an adult will receive free admission.

Playing with Plaid Intermediate Weaving Class
Plaid is a fun way to create engaging designs on your rigid heddle loom. In this workshop you will create your own plaid towel using four different colors. You will create your design on paper and learn how to translate that design into a warp and weft on your loom. This is a one-day intermediate weaving class that will be held Saturday, February 3, noon – 3:30 p.m. Advance registration required. Email or call 508-461-2955 to sign up.


Events Recap

“The Mental Smugglers” Screening
It was a full house for the screening of the first episode of Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village. This program details the history of Slatersville, Rhode Island, which was founded by Samuel’s brother, John. To learn more about the program, visit their website here.


Weaving Courses
Check out some pictures from our Leno Market Bag class on December 2. We have another introductory course for beginners in January, and another intermediate workshop in February. Details are above.

Christmas at Samuel Slater Experience
It was a very merry Christmas season at Samuel Slater Experience, with a visit from Santa on December 3, and a concert by the Very Merry Dickens Carolers on December 10. Our concert was accompanied by treats from The Rose Room Cafe, and was sponsored in part by the Mass Cultural Council’s Festivals grant.

Group Visits

We were delighted to have the Whitinsville Cadets visit in November.

On December 9, we were the chosen venue for O’Connor Family Law’s holiday party, which was themed as a 1920’s murder mystery! It was perfect with our recreated Main Street, Webster as the backdrop. We appreciate them choosing us for their party (and their dedication to dressing the part.) If you are looking for a unique place for your next event, we hope you consider us. Email or call 508-461-2955 with questions.

Sheep Update

Check out the recently installed Choice1 sheep! It is in their storefront on Main Street in Webster. We are looking for sponsors for our second wave of sheep, so if you would like to sponsor one for your business or organization, please contact or call 508-461-2955.

Thank You

We had a different kind of donation for 2023’s Giving Tuesday. A huge thank you to Webster EMS for the donation of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Webster EMS staff will train museum staff and volunteers on AED use and CPR. Thank you again Webster EMS, we’re thrilled to have this potentially life-saving device available for our visitors.

A letter to the Editor of the Webster Times from museum director Barbara Van Reed about this donation can also be found in the December 8th issue.


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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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