Worcester Historical Museum

1940-1990

"The Old City Renews Itself"

-Margaret Erskine, 1981


Worcester survived New England's industrial decline, and today the traditions of innovation and product diversity are very much alive.
World War II recharged the city's depression-ravaged industries. The sprawling South Works of the American Steel & Wire Company reflected America's dominance of the world economy in the 1950s. But beginning in the 1960s, the city's aging industrial base eroded, as firms closed or moved away in the face of global competition. Even so, some older firms adapted and still thrive. New inventions, innovations, and businesses keep Worcester's manufacturing legacy alive, providing employment for thousands.


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