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March/April 2024 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

It’s our Anniversary!
On March 4, it will be two years since we opened officially to the public. We are celebrating this weekend, March 1-3 with discounted admission. Purchase tickets online here or at the door.

Holiday/School Vacation Week Hours
We will be closed on Easter, Sunday, March 31.

In addition to our normal weekend hours, we will be open on Patriots’ Day, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last admission will be 3 p.m. On April 15, children 12 and under who visit with an adult will receive free admission.

Log Cabin Intermediate Weaving Class – March 27
Log cabin is a fascinating color-and-weave design that creates blocks of vertical and horizontal stripes. This geometric design can be very bold with two contrasting colors or more subtle with colors that are similar in tone, and even playful with a variegated yarn. This class will be held on March 27 from noon to 3:30 p.m. It is intended for intermediate weavers who know how to warp their own loom; however those who have taken the beginner course may take this as well. Advance registration required, course fee is $50.00. Email admin@samuelslaterexperience.org or call 508-461-2955 to sign up.

Introductory Class for Beginners – April 13, 20, and 27
Interested in embarking on an adventure into the world of rigid heddle weaving? We will hold an introductory weaving class for beginners. This three-week session will take place April 13, 20, and 27. Classes will take place from noon to 3:30 p.m. Looms are available to rent. Course fee is $165.00, which includes materials for the first class.

Richard and his Traveling Silent Movie Show – April 19
On April 19, we will have a free presentation by Richard Hughes and his Traveling Silent Movie Show. Hughes is a historian and a pianist and will take the audience back in time to the era of silent films, right on Samuel Slater Experience’s recreated 1915 Main Street, in front of the Liberty Theater.

Hughes will not only play live along with some selected films and clips, but he will demonstrate some of the tools and instruments used to make classic sound effects.

This free program will take place on April 19 at Samuel Slater Experience and begins at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration preferred. Register here.

This program is sponsored in part by the Webster Cultural Council.

Events Recap

Weaving Courses

Check out some pictures from our January Introductory class and our Playing with Plaid intermediate workshop. We have another introductory course for beginners in April, and another intermediate workshop in March. Details are above.

Group Visits

On February 5, Experience Guide and Nichols College Professor of History Paul Lambert brought students in his Business, Government & Regulation course and members of the History Club in for a tour through the museum. Later in February, we welcomed members of the Thompson Congregational Church.

On February 18, we were the venue for Jerry Flanagan’s 80th birthday party; and on February 28, we welcomed students from Marianapolis Prep in Thompson, CT.

Volunteers Needed

As we enter our busiest season – school field trip time – we are in need of individuals who are interested in history, enjoy engaging with the public, and are willing to come 1-3 days/week during the months of May and June. Applications for volunteering can be found here, and questions can be directed to rkuzdzal@samuelslaterexperience.org

31 Ray Street
Webster, MA 01570

Hours

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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