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Whitney Made: The Man behind a Valentine Empire

By Chad Sirois, Communications Manager “Industry, punctuality and Christianity” was the motto of the man who would make Worcester the heart of the American valentine-making industry. While many would credit this to Esther Howland, the mother of the American valentine, it was actually the work and perseverance of George C.

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Worcester Treasures: Swedish Dress

By Holly Izard, Curator This two-piece dress was made by Matilda “Thilda” Ahlstrom (1847-1925) who, according to family tradition, wore it when she crossed the Atlantic from Sweden to America to marry John Jeppson Sr. (1844-1920). He came to Worcester in 1869 with several other Swedish potters, and found work

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19th Century Toddlers and Tiaras

P.T. Barnum and his exhibitions of babies.

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Extraordinary Abduction: The Kidnapping of Sidney Francis

The story of the abduction of Sidney Francis and an attempt to sell him into slavery.

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Gettysburg: One Family’s Story

The 15th Massachusetts Regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg and the story of Lt. Col. George Ward and his family.

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