Schools and student groups are welcomed at Slater Mill to explore the birthplace of American industry and innovation.
Our interpretive program traces the evolution of manufacture, from its home-based origins of the 17th and 18th centuries, to the industrial factory processes of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Manual spinning and weaving, a working water wheel, a machine shop powered by the waters of the Blackstone River, and period industrial textile machinery, are all demonstrated during the tour. A film on the history of life and work in the Blackstone Valley is viewed as a prelude to the tour.
Slater Mill offers an educational package tour, which may includes a pre-visit in-classroom program, a tour of the museum, and an opportunity to engage in manufacture here in our Apprentice Alcove during the tour visit.