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Water Street

November, 1983 - March, 1984 | Rice Gallery

This exhibition focused on the Eastern European Jewish immigrant in Worcester, Massachusetts, between 1880 and 1945, and illuminated the centrality of Water Street to local Jewish life during that period. Because much of the Jewish experience is typical of all immigrant groups, Water Street spoke to everyone. In essence, this exhibition about people was made possible through the efforts of many. Contributions of information, photographs, documents, objects, ideas and research came from individuals and institutions, laypeople and professionals, libraries and agencies. That accumulation recaptured the spirit of a people and a place. Most of the material had never been published,

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Worcester in 1950: Through the Lens of George P. Cocaine

October, 1988 - February, 1989 | Rice Gallery

Images were selected from the thousands of pictures George P. Cocaine (1915-1979) took during the year 1950. Cocaine, who worked for the Worcester Evening Gazette from 1935 until his death in 1979, once estimated he shot 10,000 photographs per year. His work was omnivorous, including the most newsworthy events of the day as well as the events of life around him. He photographed Presidents and first communions, hurricanes and grocery stores. His work won many awards. In 1939, the year he began full-time work for the Gazette, he won first place in the Associated Press News Photo Contest for his

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Smiley Face

March, 1996 - June, 1996 | Rockwell Gallery

Harvey Ball (1921-2001) was born and raised in Worcester. His father operated a cigar shop at Lincoln Square near the court house, and later worked as a watchman at the Melville Shoe company warehouse on Hammond Street. Ball attended South High School where he was especially interested in art. In his junior year he apprenticed himself to a local sign painter who taught him how to create visual images with strong impact. He won a scholarship to attend the Worcester Art Museum School in 1940, where he received training in fine arts. In his view, working at the sign shop

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Highway of Commerce: The Blackstone Canal

October, 2003 - February, 2004 | Industrial Gallery

Highway of Commerce: The Blackstone Canal was presented as part of the Blackstone Valley cooridor-wide celebration of the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Blackstone Canal, the 45-mile waterway that linked Worcester to Providence RI. It was the first step in the transportation revolution that led to Worcester’s transformation from a landlocked agrarian outpost to a thriving center of commercial activity.

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Off the Shelves: Worcester from A to Z

January, 2005 - March, 2007 | Booth Gallery

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LIFT OFF: Reaching for the Stars

March, 2006 - July, 2006 | Booth Gallery

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The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden

April, 2006 - July, 2006 | Rockwell Gallery

At my touch the wild braid of creation trembles. “The Snakes of September” In 2005 Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006), Worcester native, turned 100 years old. He was a poet, editor, essayist and translator. At the age of 95 he became America’s 10th poet laureate. He last book of poetry, The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden, was published to celebrate his birthday. The volume highlighted his love of horticulture and his passion for gardening. Kunitz’s first collection of verse appeared in 1930. He wrote in a conversational tone of such complex themes as the work of a

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Best Laid Plans

August, 2006 - November, 2006 | Rockwell Gallery

On exhibit are architectural plans that date from 1869 to 1923. Known as “revival” style, these plans all borrow elements from earlier eras and incorporate them into modern structures, for their day, with new amenities such as indoor plumbing, refrigeration, and furnace heat. In this exhibit you’ll find tips for reading the drawings, become familiar with architectural terminology and how the houses worked, and even “meet” the owners. 5 TROWBRIDGE ROAD Built 1906 Architect: John P. Kingston (1872-1926) of Worcester Style: Queen Anne Dimensions: 37′ wide by 39′ deep, 1,443 square feet per floor, plus veranda Built for J. Warren

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An American Icon

October, 2006 - February, 2007 | Booth Gallery

Do you know who created the yellow Smiley Face? No, it wasn’t Forrest Gump. The exhibit, An American Icon, explored the origins of the iconic yellow Smile Face and its progression in American pop culture. In 1963, Worcester Mutual Fire Insurance Company, a subsidiary of State Mutual Life Assurance Company of America, purchased Guarantee Mutual Company of Ohio. To counteract low employee morale caused by corporate reorganization, the company launched a “friendship campaign.” Joy Young, assistant director of sales and marketing, contacted Harvey Ball, a local freelance commercial artist, and asked him to create a little smile that could be used

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To Abbie With Love

January, 2007 - February, 2007 | Booth Gallery

“Me and the birth control pill were just about the most celebrated things ever to come out of Worcester,” Abbie wrote in his autobiography. “At one time, most folks up there wished the pill had come first.” In the 1960s, Abbie Hoffman put Worcester on the map in a big way. After spearheading civil rights locally, he captured the national spotlight when he rallied thousands for a counterculture festival and protest outside the Democratic National Convention in 1968 and held it through the Chicago Seven trial that followed. Though only 5’8”, he was a larger-than-life revolutionary of the sixties. He

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