Sidebar Exhibitions

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

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Once Crowded Streets: Downtown Worcester

May, 2007 - September, 2007 | Booth Gallery

Worcester’s historic downtown is a “golden triangle” in the heart of the city, bounded east-west by Main and Summer streets, and north-south by Lincoln Square and Madison Street. The anchor landmarks are the Court House at upper Main and City Hall on the Common. For the first hundred years of

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Got Food? Creating a Hunger Free Community

November, 2007 - April, 2008

The exhibit Got Food? Creating a Hunger Free Community was a partnership between Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester County Food Bank and Worcester State College. It chronicled the battle to combat hunger from the days in early Europe to today in Worcester. The exhibit also celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Worcester County

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Davey’s: Worcester Originals

May, 2008 - November, 2008

Davey’s: Worcester Originals will take a look at Davey’s, Inc., a major producer of handbags, belts, and other leather accessories in Worcester from 1954 to 1992. Davey’s handbags were sold to fine specialty shops and all major department stores across the country. Davey’s: Worcester Originals will tell the stories not

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The Things We Carried: Guatemalan Stories

September, 2008 - March, 2009 | Rice Gallery

What would you bring if you were to leave your native country and emigrate to a new land? What things would you accumulate in your new home to remind you of your roots? Why? The exhibit, The Things We Carried, asked these questions of Worcester-area Guatemalans and exhibited the items they carried

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To Arms! Worcester County Answers the Call

April, 2011 - November, 2011 | Booth Gallery

To Arms! Worcester County Answers the Call is an exhibition commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. For four years civil war tore the fabric of our nation, claiming thousands of lives and scarring the emotions of every American. This exhibit shares stories of Worcester County men who

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125 Fearless Years

June, 2011 - January, 2012 | Rockwell Gallery

Celebrate 125 years of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts. This organization has been key to emporwering women, and promoting peace, justice and freedom for over a century. Come learn about the members who have made it great and the women (and some men) who have shared these experiences and lessions.

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On the Rails

December, 2011 - February, 2012 | Booth Gallery

Relive the heyday of travel by train in Worcester. Watch model trains and trolleys as they travel across a charming recreation of Washington Square, Worcester, circa 1911. Sterling train enthusiast and artist Michael Lavin has created a 36-foot display featuring both the old and new Union Stations. Join us at

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Love & Lace: The Valentines of Ester Howland

February, 2012 - April, 2012 | Rockwell Gallery

This small and intimate exhibit features the work of the mother of the American valentine and Worcester, Esther Howland. In 1847, Howland received an English valentine, which inspired her to design her own. She sold her cards through her father’s stationery store and business flourished. After merging with Edward Taft in

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The Cakemaker’s Portrait

October, 2011 - April, 2012 | Rice Gallery

This late 1830s portrait of Hepsibeth Hemenway has been part of Worcester Historical Museum’s collection since 1895. While we know a good deal about the sitter, what can we uncover about the circumstances of the portrait? How did a woman of little means and mixed-race background in early America get a portrait commissioned? Explore the

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