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March/April 2023 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

SSE On the Go!

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Home and Community Expo
We will be tabling at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Home and Community Expo on March 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. You can learn more about the event here.

“Travels with George and the Importance of Local History”
Nathaniel Philbrick will be presenting “Travels with George and the Importance of Local History” on Sunday, March 26, 2:00 p.m. at the Congregational Church Community House, 8 Court Street in Uxbridge (new location.) His latest New York Times bestseller, Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy, was published in September of 2021. We will be partnering with the Uxbridge Historical Society and Booklovers’ Gourmet to host a pop-up shop of signed copies of “Travels with George” by author Nathaniel Philbrick. Learn more here.

Books, Bites, and Blooms
We will have a display at the Friends of the Gladys E. Kelly Library’s Books, Bites, and Blooms on April 27. Learn more here.

East Meets West Health and Business Fair
We will also be tabling at the East Meets West Health and Business Fair on April 29 at Park Ave. School in Webster. You can learn more here.

Weaving Courses
We have two weaving courses coming up with Sharon Geyer. The first class will be on April 15 from noon to 3:30 p.m. It is intended for intermediate weavers who have a loom and are familiar with warping their loom. They will be learning the log cabin pattern, as seen in the image on the right.

The second course will be another introduction course for beginners. It will be held on three consecutive Saturdays, April 22, 29, and May 6 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.

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

April Vacation Hours and Event

In addition to our normal hours, we will also be open:

Monday, April 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Patriots’ Day)

On Thursday, April 20, we will have a presentation from Richard Hughes, the silent movie pianist. The free program for children will take place at 2 p.m. at the museum. Learn more by clicking the image below, or register here. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Webster Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Please note: we will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 9.

Events Recap

Introduction to Weaving

For three weeks in February, we hosted Sharon Geyer, who taught an introductory rigid heddle weaving course. Participants were taught how to warp and weave on a loom and were able to complete three individual projects. We are grateful to Beth from A Place to Weave in Leominster for loaning looms to us for our class participants.

Keeping it Cool: Ice Harvesting in New England Lecture

We hope everyone who joined us on February 25 for Keeping It Old: Ice Harvesting in New England enjoyed seeing and learning about the tools needed to harvest ice from lakes and ponds. Thank you to Ken Ethier for sharing your immense amount of both knowledge and tools.

Picture #2 credit to Helen Kesner.

First Anniversary!

From March 2-5, we celebrated our first anniversary! It was a great weekend for all, with raffles prizes from generous donors and local businesses, a food truck from Tony Island Hot Dog Company, and trolley photo buttons. 

Recent Trips

On February 10, our first field trip of 2023 was in the (history) books! We were happy to welcome back the fifth grade class from St Joseph School, Webster. On March 13, we welcomed the fifth graders of Lake View Elementary in Worcester. As you can see, everyone had a great time.

The Sturbridge Historical Society and members of The Overlook visited as well.

If you are looking for a field trip opportunity for your school or group, you can learn more here or email

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Webster, MA 01570


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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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