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Closed due to snow

Worcester Historical Museum and Salisbury Mansion will be closed on Saturday, 24 January, due to the storm. The 140th anniversary celebration will be re-scheduled.

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Saint Spyridon

Through March 14, 2015

The Greek Journey in Worcester Celebrating the centennial of Saint Spyridon Cathedral Booth Gallery

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Lunch Lady

Through December 31, 2014

Worcester Historical Museum is excited to exhibit original art from the popular Lunch Lady Book series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. The Lunch Lady Book series is ten graphic novels that tell the story of the lunch lady who “Serves Justice and Lunch!” The books were inspired by Jarrett’s own lunch lady, Jeanne, from Gates Lane School. Jarrett, a Worcester native, started drawing from a young age and while attending Gates Lane he began creating his own books. Jarrett says he owes much if his successes to his grandparents, Joseph and Shirley Krosoczka, who took him in at age three and

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Class Picture Day!

June 09, 2014 - August 16, 2014

Say cheese and enjoy the no-frills charm of the class photo. To celebrate the end of the school year, we are going back in time with a special exhibition of class photographs from the museums collection.

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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. Whitney that would bring about Worcester’s prominence. Born in 1842, George Clarkson Whitney was the youngest of the three Whitney boys, his older brothers being Edward Whitney (1834-1897) and Sumner Allen Whitney (1824-1861). His parents died while he was still a boy and it is most likely that Sumner, already

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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 at F.B. Norton Company. In family memory, “within a few years” he had saved enough money to send for his fiancé. In fact, Thilda also came to Worcester in 1869 with some of her relatives. They arrived at the very beginning of a huge wave of Swedish immigration to Worcester,

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Students Reflect On MLK Jr.: The 2014 Art Contest Winners

January 14, 2014-February 28, 2014

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast “I have a Dream” Essay Committee poses a question each year to school students to either write or visually answer. Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 in schools throughout Worcester County were invited to visually interpret their answer to the following: “What do you think he would say about bullies, or bullying and why?” Worcester Historical Museum is proud to partner with the MLK Committee in presenting this years contest winners of this county wide competition.

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19th Century Toddlers and Tiaras

P.T. Barnum and his exhibitions of babies.

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Worcester Treasures

October 1, 2013 - October 4, 2014

300 years ago Jonas Rice and his family settled atop Union Hill (near the intersection of Plantation Street and Massasoit Road). While the exact date of Jonas Rice’s arrival in October of 1713 is unknown this settlement would eventually grow into the Worcester we know today.  Worcester Historical Museum is celebrating the 300th Anniversary of Worcester’s permanent settlement with Worcester Treasures. After 138 years  as the keeper of Worcester history the museum is selecting 13 artifacts from its exhaustive collection to put on exhibit this unique format. Worcester Treasures will feature one artifact every month from October of 2013 through

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Discovering JFK in Worcester

March 11, 2014 - June 14, 2014

Discovering JFK in Worcester is a student-led exhibition that explores the 35th president’s time in Worcester and his lasting legacy in the city.

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