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October 2022 Newsletter

Featured Image: Experience Guide Richard Clark chats with three women in the mill area on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day.

Upcoming Events

Night at the Museum: Music with Mark and Raianne

Mark & Raianne, beloved Massachusetts singer-songwriters, will perform a concert along the museum’s recreation of Webster’s Main Street circa 1915. They’ll be accompanied by their studio band of Doug Williamson (piano, guitar), Peter Hart (pedal steel, Dobro) and Zack Ciras (upright bass). Popular Webster establishment Andy’s Neighborhood Canteen will provide a cash bar in the lobby of the Maanexit Hotel, one of the reconstructed buildings along “Main Street.”

This free event is underwritten by the Webster Cultural Council, and begins at 6 p.m. Register for the event here.
SAVE THE DATE – Night at the Museum: Silent Movies with Richard Hughes

On Friday, November 4, silent movie pianist and historian Richard Hughes will present a live silent movie program at Samuel Slater Experience’s Main Street’s Liberty Theater, diving into the adventure, drama, romance, and comedy that characterized the silent movies of the early 1900s. This interactive evening will include screening of silent movie classics from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton accompanied by live music. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and additional details will be announced soon.

Events Recap

Bartlett High Reunion

On Saturday, September 10, the Bartlett High School Class of 1985 held their reunion here. They were treated to a tour from SSE Art Consultant and classmate, Dave Laabs, and enjoyed food from Mack’s Catering Service. It was great night for everyone! 

Smithsonian Museum Day
On September 17, we were among a select number of institutions across the country participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s 18th annual Museum Day. We welcomed 116 visitors from different areas of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island through this program, including 24 young ladies from the Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic, Connecticut.
Thank you to Tricia Holland Caprera, Richard Clark, Sharon Naperiata, Ken Ethier, Linda Casey, and Anjena Kuzdzal for guiding our visitors! And a big thank you to Sally Patterson for her help and these great photos!
Discovering the Nipmuc Lithic Trail

On September 24, Experience Guide and Thompson Historical Society president Joe Iamartino presented “Discover the Nipmuc Lithic Trail” as a part of The Last Green Valley’s Walktober program. Mr. Iamartino presented evidence, photographic and from written history, of the purpose of these historic structures. The room was packed for both presentations. Huge thank yous to Joe Iamartino for helping organize this event and sharing his expertise, and to Paul Provost for his technical support. 

School Trip

On September 27, our school trips for the 22-23 school year kicked off! We welcomed 22 fifth and sixth graders from GBCA. We look forward to having more students visit throughout the year! 

Library Passes

Did you know we now have library passes? Check out the following libraries to learn more:
Is your library not listed here? Contact your library staff and let them know you would like a pass available to Samuel Slater Experience.

We've Got You Covered this Holiday Season

Whether it be your annual holiday party or a last minute gift, Samuel Slater Experience may just have what you are looking for.Take your guests back in time to 1915’s Webster for a night of fun and frivolity by renting our Main Street space and hosting your event here. This section of the museum is ideal for large gatherings, such as receptions, sit-down meals, or parties. It can accommodate up to 80-90 people. For more details and pricing, please email or call 508-461-2955.Additionally, our gift shop will be open specifically for holiday shopping December 19-21, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. We also will be participating in Museum Store Sunday, which is the Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 27, 2022.)

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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