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May/June 2024 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

National Textile Day
Friday, May 3 is National Textile Day. Come celebrate with us and receive 15% off our textile goods in the museum gift shop.

Change of Hours
We will be closed Friday, May 10, and Friday, May 31 for school field trips. We will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day.

Special Promotions
Treat the parental unit in your life with a day at the museum! We are offering free admission to moms on Mother’s Day, May 12, and to dads on Father’s Day, June 16.

Hikes Through History with Alison O'Leary - May 5

Award-winning journalist Alison O’Leary will take a walk through history and describe how our use of land changed when America’s agrarian economy and culture shifted with the Industrial Revolution, on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at the Samuel Slater Experience museum.

Ms. O’Leary will also take us on a tour of some of the many Massachusetts parks and trails that have been carved out of historical sites.

The author is a Massachusetts history buff and outdoorswoman who has published five books on history, hiking, and travel.

This free presentation is sponsored by the Webster Cultural Council. Please register here.

Hikes Through History will be from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, at the Samuel Slater Experience, 31 Ray Street, Webster. Visitors who also plan to tour the museum should arrive by 1 p.m.

Jazz Age Liberation in Fashion - June 9

Upcoming Connecticut College graduate Beth Marsh invites you to try and better understand what it would have been like to be a young college girl in the 1920s, by examining the clothes worn by the students of the time.

Ms. Marsh will show a collection of reproduction garments, the history of each piece, how they were made, and what it felt like to wear them.

This free presentation is sponsored by the Webster Cultural Council. Please register here.

Jazz Age Liberation in Fashion will be from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 9, at the Samuel Slater Experience, 31 Ray Street, Webster. Visitors who also plan to tour the museum should arrive by 1 p.m.

Rigid Heddle Weaving Classes

Bronson Spot Lace Towels for Intermediate Weavers – May 18
Spot lace is a fun pattern of alternating weft floats that will make wonderful towels. We will use two pick up sticks to create a weft-float pattern as you weave.

This class will be held on May 18 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.

Crazy Shot Pillow for Intermediate Weaving Class – June 15
Weaving Crazy Shot is as fun as the name! This weave structure has a plain background with a decorative pattern “on top.” The background is woven with “tabby weft” and the design is created with the “pattern weft.”

This class will be held on June 15 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.

Events Recap

Weaving Courses
Check out some pictures from our Log Cabin intermediate workshop. We have more intermediate workshops coming up in May and June. Details are above.

Group Visits

We were delighted to have the following groups visit us in March and April.

  • St. Joseph’s School, Webster
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, Capt. Job Knapp Chapter
  • Lake View Elementary School, Worcester
  • Central Mass Collaborative
  • Oxford Women’s Club
  • St. Mary’s School, Shrewsbury
  • All Saints Academy, Webster

We look forward to hosting more groups, especially school field trips, in May and June!

Silent Movies with Richard Hughes

Once again, we were wowed with the musical stylings of Richard Hughes. We also saw the sensational Clara Bow, who had IT. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a great night.

Meeting Samuel Slater

On Friday, April 26, Reanna got to meet Samuel Slater! (And George Takai, Anna May Wong, J.R.R. Tolkien, among others.) Congrats to Jacob M. and the rest of the 5th graders of St Joseph School on their living wax museum.

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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