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The following are Worcester publications available at Worcester Historical Museum, but please note that there are many more books available at the gift shop:

Landscape of Industry
In 1790, American craftsmen built the first machines that successfully used waterpower to spin cotton. America’s first factory, Slater Mill, was constructed
on the banks of the Blackstone River. The revolution in harnessing the power of water spread quickly through the valley and in other areas of New England, leading to the erection of new structures, changes to the landscape, and radically altered ways in which people lived and worked. Landscape of Industry is both a celebration of this history and a clear-eyed consideration of the social, cultural, and environmental consequences of the rise and ultimate decline of the river valley economy. The unique history of the region unfolds within these pages, including the life and economy of the mills, the complex transportation networks, the role of slaves and the history of abolition in the valley, the struggle for workers’ rights, and the creation of the unique National Heritage Corridor itself.

 

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Worcester Memories
Celebrate Worcester 325 with this exciting heirloom-quality "keepsake" book featuring hundreds of nostaligic images of the rich history of Worcester.

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Main Street - A Direct Line to the Past.
by Mary H. Reynolds
Whether you want to learn about Worcester or teach others, the booklet Main Street contains information, activities, worksheets and resources that will help you understand and appreciate Main Street Worcester at the turn of the century.
Price $2.47
plus tax and shipping;
Soft cover
(11x8 ½ )
40 pages
Mechanics Hall
by Margaret Erskine
No visit to Main Street would be complete without seeing Mechanics Hall. Dedicated in 1857, it became the center of the artistic, political and intellectual life of a thriving city continuing to the present. Learn about its history in this pamphlet.
Price $2.50
plus tax and shipping;
Soft cover
(10 ½ x8)
35 pages

How To Buy Pictures
By Huon Mallalieu
Interested in buying artwork? Don’t know where to begin? This is a practical step-by-step guide for the beginner about building a collection, doing background research, bidding at an auction, and restoring pictures. The text is interspersed with a selection of paintings, prints, drawings and water colors.

Price $5.00
plus tax and shipping;
Hard cover
(8 ½ x 9 ½ )
224 pages

A Year to Remember
Images by Tony King
Make this year A Year to Remember with this daybook of thirty-eight black and white images of New England.

Price $4.00
plus tax and shipping;
Soft cover
(9 X 7)
32 pages
Worcester’s Face
by Patrick J. O’Connor
This 1994 collection of photographs by Patrick O’Connor depicts the many “faces” of Worcester including politicians, artists, musicians, industrialists and many more on the Worcester scene in the 1990s.
Price $3.00
plus tax and shipping;
Soft cover
( 9 X 11 ½)
48 pages

Supplement your knowledge of Worcester history by reading about Abby Kelley Foster, advocate for abolition and equality for women; Pulitzer Prize winning author, Esther Forbes; the boyhood life and journals of architect Stephen C. Earle; the legacy of gravestone carver and sculptor B.H. Kinney, and famous Worcester publisher, printer and patriot, Isaiah Thomas.
Buy these as a set or individually.

Price $2.50-$3.75 each plus tax and shipping

$10.00 for set of 5 books plus tax and shipping



Diversity has given Worcester its flavor and character, something that we learn to understand and appreciate by knowing each others’ stories. Why did immigrants come to Worcester? Relive their experiences in these books about the Finnish, Swedish and Armenian Communities of the city that became their home.

$25.00 for set of 3 books plus tax and shipping

Free 18k gold plated ornament with purchase of 3 book set.

Strength in Diversity
Price $10.00
plus tax and shipping; Soft cover
(11x8 ½ )
79 pages

Ga till Amerkia
Price $22.00
plus tax and shipping; Soft cover
(10 ½ x 8 ½)
157 pages


Worcester Memories
Price $2.50

plus tax and shipping; Soft cover
(5 ½ x 8 ½ )
102 pages

 

In 1855, when Frank B. Norton and Frederick Hancock opened their pottery shop in Worcester, little did they suspect how large an enterprise F. B. Norton & Co. would become. The history of this company and its founders is detailed for you in this book by Charles W. Cheap and these two pamphlets.

$7.00 for Norton collection plus tax and shipping

Family Firm to Modern Multi national
Price $5.00
plus tax and shipping, Hard Cover (9 ½ x6 ½ ) 424pages


The F. B. Norton Pottery
Price $1.00
plus tax and shipping
Pamphlet 10 pages



Norton Company at 100 years
Price $1.00
plus tax and shipping
Pamphlet 10 pages



 

Explore Worcester’s rich architectural history from the earliest Federal and Greek Revival styles to the three decker in Worcester’s Architectural Neighborhoods by Anthony R. Taylor. Also, discover how Stephen C. Earle, one of Worcester’s most prominent and prolific architects of the nineteenth century, helped to shape Worcester’s image.
Worcester’s Architectural Neighborhoods
Price $3.75
plus tax and shipping;Soft cover (8x11) 57 pages
Stephen C. Earle, Architect Price $5.00
plus tax and shipping
Soft cover (8x11) 80 pages



They left a legacy…
From a boy of ten helping to support his family, George Fuller climbed the ladder of success and became a world renowned manufacturer of steel. Yet, he never forgot his roots. His charitable works were legendary and are still carried on today by the Fuller Foundation.
Price $2.00
plus tax and shipping;
Soft cover
(5x6)
68 pages
As Ever
Editor, publisher and part owner of the Worcester Telegram and Evening Gazette, George F. Booth is remembered for his legacy in this memoir of his life based on his correspondence. These letters and memos create a fascinating picture of the man.
Price $5.00
plus tax and shipping;
Soft cover
(10x7)
191 pages

Wish You Were Here
By Anne Morse Lyell ©1998
"Wish You Were Here." is a nostalgic compilation of more than 150 postcards from both the collections of Anne Morse Lyell and Worcester Historical Museum. Accompanied by brief descriptions, these scenic color postcards of the city's buildings and monuments, as well as its parks, schools and factories, provide the reader with a panoramic glimpse of early 20th century Worcester. Beautifully formatted, this book would enhance the library of anyone who is interested in Worcester's past.
Price: $29.95
soft cover (8x12),
95 pages

The following are exhibit catalogs:


Water Street: A World Within a World*
By Norma Feingold with Appendix by Nancy Sadick ©1983
Back by popular demand! This catalog-first printed in 1983-was reprinted in 2001. Prepared for the museum's very popular and successful 1984 exhibition, it tells the story of eastern European Jewish immigrants in Worcester between 1880 and 1945. The 64-page catalog contains more than seventy photographs of Water Street and its vicinity.
Price: $10.00
soft cover (8x9),
64 pages

Shaarai Torah: Life Cycle of a Synagogue*
By Norma Feingold ©1991
The study of Shaarai Torah from 1904-1991 is a significant contribution to the comprehensive study of Jewish life in Worcester.
Price: $14.95
soft cover (8x10),
64 pages

* Special Offer Water Street: A World Within a World and Shaarai Torah: Life Cycle of a Synagogue are available packaged together at a special price for the set. Together these books make a wonderful gift for those interested in the story of Worcester's Jewish community. Price: $20.00

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