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July/August 2023 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Schedule Changes

Check out our Independence Day holiday weekend hours!
Friday, June 30: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, July: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 2: Noon – 4 p.m.
Monday, July 3: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 4: CLOSED

From Thursday, July 13 to Thursday, August 10, we will be expanding our hours! You can now visit on Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Children 12 and under who visit on Thursdays with an adult receive complimentary admission!

Weaving Courses

We have two weaving courses coming up with Sharon Geyer. Sharon Geyer is a fiber artist who specializes in weaving; she also enjoys spinning, knitting, sewing and dyeing. She began her weaving career in 1995 as a tapestry weaver (French tapestry technique) under a master artist in Philadelphia. Sharon’s most recent work has been as a rigid heddle weaving instructor at Woolworks in Putnam, Connecticut.

Pick-up Technique for Intermediate Weavers

The first class will be on June 24 from noon to 3:30 p.m. It is intended for intermediate weavers who have a loom and are familiar with warping their loom. In this workshop you will make a scarf with pick-up designs that will allow you to explore weft floats and warp floats to create interesting patterns. See an example of the pick-up pattern in the picture below.

Introductory Course for Beginners

The second course will be another introduction course for beginners. It will be held on three consecutive Saturdays, July 15, 22, and 29 from noon to 3:30 p.m. Fee for the three days is $150 which includes the yarn for the first weaving project. Looms will be available to borrow.

Click the image below for more details about both courses. The maximum capacity for both classes is six people each. Email to register. 

Events Recap


We had two great presentations from Ken Ethier and Linda Hixon. Ken’s talk was about early modes of transportation, and Linda’s was about women’s and children’s labor in twentieth century mills. If you are interested in learning more, we carry two of Linda’s books in the gift shop; and you may catch Ken as your guide on Sundays here at the museum.

Recent Trips and Visits

We welcomed many students, schools, and groups to Samuel Slater Experience this spring. Students were able to tour the museum, and, if the weather was nice, eat lunch outside at our new picnic tables. We had students from the following schools between May and June:

  • Dudley Middle School
  • All Saints Academy, Webster
  • Trinity Catholic Academy, Southbridge
  • Kane Elementary School, Marlborough
  • Burgess Elementary School, Sturbridge
  • Assumption School, Millbury
  • Grafton Street School, Worcester
  • Flagg Street School, Worcester
  • Park Ave Elementary, Webster

We were also very happy to have Troop 11582 from Hopedale, Troops 25 and 66 from Thompson/Putnam, CT, and members of the Bartlett class of 1982, and members of the Ruzga family visit this spring as well.

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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