Monday, March 7, 2022

CommonWealth Magzine: COVID protocols lifted for State House entry today; Samuel Slater "Experience" opens

"WITH THE COVID-19 pandemic’s two-year anniversary approaching, legislative leaders lifted the mask mandate and proof-of-vaccination-or-negative-test requirement for entry into the State House, starting on Monday.

House Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka cited a “steady decline in COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations” in making their announcement. “While some individuals may choose to continue to wear masks, this will no longer be a requirement but rather an individual’s choice based on their preference and level of risk,” they said."

"AS SAMUEL SLATER traveled from England to the United States in 1789, he voiced his ambitions to revolutionize the US textile industry with knowledge he had gained in England. Yet he also heard the voice of his mentor in his head telling him if he left England, he would be considered “a spy, or worse, a traitor.” As a storm blows in, a visitor watching a video representation of Slater can feel the wind and rain, see flashing lightning, view the churning waves, and watch as young Slater vomits into a bucket. 

The Samuel Slater Experience, an interactive, immersive museum in Webster, opened to the public Friday. Half the museum is dedicated to the life of Slater, whose pioneering work building up the US textile industry in the early 1800s earned him the moniker “Father of the American Industrial Revolution.” The other half is dedicated to the town of Webster, which Slater helped found and build, with a focus on life around 1910."

This will be a place I'll visit some day. I grew up in Pawtucket, RI where the Slater Mill was part of the industrialization of New England.

The Samuel Slater Experience in Webster ->
the Slater Mill on the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, RI
the Slater Mill on the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, RI

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