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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 may have been better preparation for his commercial art career than the formal training he received at the Worcester Art Museum School.

Following service in the U.S. Army during World War II, Ball returned to Worcester where he worked for a local ad agency. In 1959, he started his own business, Harvey Ball Advertising. As a freelance artist, he had completed other projects for State Mutual and its affiliates before receiving the smiley face commission in December of 1963. His $240 fee for the entire campaign included $45 for creation of the button. He never realized any further profit on his smiley face design. In 1963, State Mutual Life Assurance Company of America, now All America, faced a problem. The Worcester-based firm had purchased Guarantee Mutual Company of Ohio the previous year to work in conjunction with a State Mutual subsidiary, Worcester Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Low employee morale created by reorganization in the merged companies prompted State Mutual Vice-President John Adam, Jr., to suggest a “friendship campaign.” Adam assigned the task of developing the campaign to Joy Young, assistant director of sales and marketing for the Worcester-Guarantee companies.

Young turned to Harvey Ball, a freelance commercial artist, and asked him to create a little smile that could be used on buttons, desk cards, and posters. Ball drew a smile. Not satisfied with the result, he added two eyes, making a smile face. The whole drawing, he recalled later, took ten minutes.

The Worcester-Guarantee companies launched the campaign in 1964, distributing the initial order of 100 smile buttons to their representatives. Agents and clients enthusiastically responded to the yellow buttons; thereafter Young reordered in lots of 10,000. By about 1978 or 1979, however, the campaign had run its course and the smile face symbol was retired.

Others have tried to take credit for smiley’s creation. A smiling face image was reported to have been used in 1964 to promote a New York City radio station. David Stern, a Seattle, Washington, advertising executive claimed to have created the icon for a bank promotion in 1967. When questioned by reporters in 1993, however, he recanted his story. Bernard and Murray Spain of Traffic Stoppers Inc. appeared on the television program “What’s My Line” in 1971 asserting that they had made the symbol. None of these claims, however, refutes Harvey Ball’s documented Worcester authorship of the smiley face.

Ball continued to work as a graphic designer in Worcester until his death in April 2001. He was also a career military man, retiring from the Army National Guard in 1979 after thirty-seven years of service. In 1990, while campaigning for the Republican write-in candidate for state representative he promoted himself as the creator of the smiley face.

Smiley attained a life of its own well beyond corporate walls. Harvey Ball’s design sparked a fad that swept the nation in the early 1970s and became a symbol for a generation of Americans.

What are the elements of an authentic Worcester-made smiley face? The icon’s playfulness comes from Harvey Ball’s freehand drawing of the features. As he explained, “I had a choice. …Do I use a compass to draw the smile and two perfect dots for the eyes? …Nah, do it freely. Give it some character.”

 Friday, October 6, 2023

25th World Smile Day – FREE

1-4 PM
Historic Elm Park

22nd Annual Harvey Ball

5:30-9:30 PM
St. Spyridon Cultural Center
102 Russell Street, Worcester

The 2023 Harvey Ball Smile Award recipient is
Gloria D. Hall and Art in the Park

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The award is being presented to Gloria and Art in the Park for their significant contribution and impact in bringing culture to the Worcester community and Elm Park for the past 10 years. Art in the Park is a testimony to the power of public art in Worcester, truly making our entire community smile. This year’s exhibit is titled “Love in Action: Joy, Community, Creativity.” Gloria and the team will receive “The Harvey” at the evening event.

Mark your calendars for Friday, October 6 as, together, we celebrate
World Smile Day, Gloria and Art in the Park, and all things SMILEY.

25th World Smile Day

1-4 PM – World Smile Day Community Celebration in historic Elm Park – FREE

Each year since 1999 World Smile Day® has been celebrated around the world, and in Worcester in a variety of ways, ranging from large public events like The Harvey Ball, to quietly delivering Smile Certificates to people in the local area. Join us for this year’s 25th Anniversary celebration as Harvey Ball envisioned, “Do one act of kindness. Make one person Smile!”

Entertainment and activities:

XLO Radio broadcasting with fun giveaways at the event

Smiley mascot spreading positivity

Worcester Public Library Libby Bookmobile

Polar Beverages offering samplings

Table Talk Pies offering SMILEY pies

George’s Coney Island Hot Dogs and Tastee Treats
Food Trucks will be available for purchases

Sculpture Scavenger Hunt of the
Art in the Park sculptures throughout Elm Park

and much more!

22nd Annual Harvey Ball

5:30 PM – VIP Sculpture Reception and the 22nd Annual Harvey Ball – $150.00
Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and auction preview.
6:30 PM – General Admission – 22nd Annual Harvey Ball – $100.00
Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, food stations, live entertainment by The Midtown Horns 16-piece band, fun auction items and much more.
7:30 PM – Remarks and presentation of Smile Award to Gloria D. Hall and Art in the Park
8:30 – 9:30 PM – Dancing and dessert

SPONSORS TO DATE 9/21/23

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MEDIA SPONSORS

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR

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CREATIVE SPONSORS
AbbVie Bioresearch Center
Berkshire Bank
Fidelity Bank
Mary and Warner Fletcher
Fontaine Community Foundation
Hanover Insurance Group Foundation
Journey – Patricia Nelligan Peterleitner
Mechanics Hall
Middlesex Bank
Polar Beverages
Reliant Medical Group, Part of Optum
SG&D Insurance Agency
Sadick Public Adjusters, Inc.
Shea Management
Struck Catering
TD Bank
UMass Memorial Health
UniBank for Savings
Webster Five
Todd H. Wetzel/The Wetzel Group at Morgan Stanley

Interested in becoming a sponsor, or donating an auction item? CLICK HERE for a list of
sponsorship and donation opportunities.

Not sure what to give that fan of Worcester history? How about a gift card for WHM gift shop.

We offer gift cards in denominations of $10 – $25 – $50 – Gift cards have no cash value. Your gift card will arrive in a special Smiley envelope. Order online or just call 508-753-8278 to order your gift card today!

Orders placed online will be available for pick up the next business day.
Tuesday-Saturday – 10am to 4pm at Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street.

For orders to be shipped, orders must be placed before December 15 to meet USPS holiday deadline. Call for shipping details and any special pricing.

A Special Night at Polar Park

The 21st Harvey Ball has come and gone but will never be forgotten! It was a special night as Worcester Historical Museum honored the Worcester Red Sox, the 21st recipient of the Harvey Ball Smile Award. The WooSox organization is the epitome of a community supporter. Next time you’re entering Polar Park’s main entrance look up…you’ll see, in its glory, the award, a smile painted by renowned speed painter/performer Rob Surette, gifted to the organization.

Worcester Red Sox President Dr. Charles Steinberg

The evening’s other high point was recognizing City Manager Edward Augustus as he steps down from his role in City government. He was such an instrumental player in bringing the Worcester Red Sox to Worcester. What do you give a guy who has everything? To thank him for his 8½ years as the City of Worcester’s Team Captain, Augustus was presented with an almost-24-carat-gold baseball…gilded by Harvey Ball committee member Birgit Straehle.

City Manager Edward Augustus and Harvey Ball Committee Member Birgit Straehle

A special thank you to all who attended, as well as our sponsors who were critical to the success of the event.  We truly appreciate our community and all who support the Worcester Historical Museum.  Our City. Our History. WE ARE WORCESTER!

 

 

Find yourself in the crowd…Additional photos of the 21st Harvey Ball. 

 

SPONSORS & CONTRIBUTORS

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Home Run

Batter Up

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SMILE SPONSORS: AbbVie Bioresearch Center, Bowditch Attorneys, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Cornerstone Bank, Country Bank, Fidelity Bank, Mary and Warner Fletcher, Fontaine Community Foundation, The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, Mechanics Hall, Middlesex Bank, Polar Beverages, Reliant Medical Group, ReMax Vision, Rollstone Bank & Trust, Sadick Public Adjusters, Inc., Shea Management, Sparkle on Park, Struck Catering, SG&D Insurance Agencies, UMass Memorial Health, UniBank for Savings, Todd Wetzel/The Wetzel Group at Morgan Stanley, Webster Five, Wings Over Worcester, Worcester Academy

 

WooSox dedicate this bench in memory of Harvey Ball, creator of the world-famous, and Worcester original, Smiley Face.

CONTRIBUTORS TO DATE: 2 Chef’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Albanian Festival Committee of Worcester, American Vinegar Works, Arcuri Moda Salon, Ursula Arello, Michael Bafaro, Basil n’ Spice Thai Cuisine, Bean Counter Bakery, Bedlam Book Café, Bennie’s Café Pub & Deli, Herbert E. Berg Florist, Inc., Blushing Bee Naturals, Mark Borenstein, Brew on the Grid, B.T.’s Fried Chicken & BBQ, DT & Deborah Bunker, C.C. Lowell Art Supply Co., Canal District Wines, Carroll Charitable Foundation/Small Business Insurance Agency, Chashu Restaurant Ramen, Kim Ciborowski, Clark Mailing Service, Inc., Cleaner Image Dry Cleaning, Paul Conzo Salon & Day Spa, Crompton Collective, Elizabeth Cruz-Cruz Realty Group, Jane Cullen, The Draft House Bar & Grill (The Manor), East Side Liquors, Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace, El Basha, Eric’s LaPatisserie, Christopher Erskine, The Exchange Chic Boutique & Consignment, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Flying Rhino Café & Watering Hole, Luis Fraire, George’s Coney Island, Guertin Graphics, The Guru Tax & Financial Services, Hanover Theatre and Conservatory, Herbie’s, James Hogan, Journey, Julio’s Liquors, K Sense Co., Lamoureux Pagano Associates, Levenson Smile, Lock 50, Mrs. Moriconi’s Ice Cream, Niche Hospitality Group, David Nicholson, O’Connor’s Restaurant, O’Hara’s Wine & Liquors, On the Rise Bakery, Percy’s TV & Appliances,  Richard and Kathy Perry, Patricia Peterleitner, Roland Peterleitner, Piccolo’s, Quinn’s Blue Plate, Quinn’s Irish Pub, Gail Randall, Redemption Rock Brewing Co., Seven Saws Brewing Company, Sharfmans, Karon Shea, Shea Management, Mark Shelton, Smokestack Urban BBQ, Spoodles Deli, Stewarts’s Chocolates, Michael Stone Portraits, Birgit Straehle, Struck Catering, Sweets & Java, Tidepool Bookshop, Josephine & Philip Truesdell, Kelley Tyan, Up Balloon, Vaillancourt Folk Art, Val’s Restaurant & Lounge, Wachusett Brewing Company, Wachusett Country Club, Mark Waitkus, William Wallace, Jessica Walsh, Jim Welu, Wings Over Worcester, Wonder Bar Restaurant, WooSox, Worcester Railers Hockey Club, Worcester Wares, Wormtown Brewery, Ziti’s Italian Trattoria

Charlie Ball, Smiley Ball, and Dr. Charles Steinberg

 

 

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Books…

150 YEARS OF WORCESTER: 1848-1998

Author Albert Southwick celebrates the February 29 anniversary of
Worcester’s formal incorporation as a city in 1848 by “recounting
its history from then to the present.” In three chapters Southwick
recounts in prose and images, Worcester’s evolution from an industrial
center to “its current position at the forefront of the health care industry.”
94 pages; black and white.

$8

 

 

 

 

 

LANDSCAPE OF INDUSRTY: AN INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE BLACKSTONE VALLEY

The industrial history of the Blackstone Valley is chronicled in a series
of essays by six of the area’s best historians, illustrated with images from
public and private collections throughout the Valley. Published in 2009;
178 pages; full color.

$25

 

 

 

 

FOR THE RECORD LGBTQ+ WORCESTER

In this companion to the 2019 landmark exhibit of the same name, authors
Joseph Cullon, Robert Tobin, and Stephanie Yuhl share the history of the 20th
century LGBTQ+ experience in the heart of the Commonwealth. 116 pages;
full color.

$28

 

 

 

 

 

DENHOLMS

Denholms, the story of Worcester’s premier department store in vivid descriptions of the festive holiday displays and personal recollection of former employees.  157 Pages; black and white.

$19.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WORCESTER ACCOUNT

Explore the Worcester of playwright S.N. Behrman. In this edition of the
long-out-of-print 1954 original, publisher Lawrence Abramoff reminds
the reader that this is “the untold story of thousands of immigrant
families seeking their fortune in America…the Worcester Account is
their story—and yours and mine.” 267 pages; black and white.

$10

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONCE-TOLD TALES OF WORCESTER COUNTY and MORE ONCE-OLD TALES OF WORCESTER COUNTY

In a series of short stories, local historian, and long-time editorial writer, Albert B. Southwick, takes the reader on a journey in the region’s fascinating history. From “Worcester’s First Lawsuit” to “Worcester was almost Motown” in the first volume to “Levi Lincoln and the Iron Horse” to “Sacco, Vanzetti, Benchley and Worcester” in MORE ONCE-TOLD TALES, they are a hard-to-put-down look at fascinating Worcester. 169 and 180 pages; black and white.

$12 each; $20 for the set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WWII CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN ALBERT B. SOUTHWICK TO MAPLE HILL FARM

Four fascinating volumes of letters recount the World War II experiences of a young Al Southwick from his arrival at Naval training in February of 1942 until his return in 1945. A fascinating firsthand account from “I’m having more fun than at any time since I was a freshman at Clark” to “I’m on my way home.” Four volumes (180-200 pages): 1/February-June 1942; 2/June 1942-May 1943; 3/May 1943-August 1944; 4/September 1944-November 1945.

$15 each/$50 for all four; limited quantity available.

 

WORCESTER STACKS UP: FIRSTS AND FUN FACTS 

The first of its kind—a fun book of local by CJ Posk, “Firsts and Fun Facts” for Worcester fans from 8 to 80! “From Pulitzer Prize-winning poets to packaged pizza pie, dive into the amazing history of Worcester…” 82 pages; full color

$15

 

 

 

Stocking stuffers…

WHM MAGNET BOTTLE OPENER

$5

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHM CUSTOM STAINLESS TRAVEL MUG

$12

 

 

 

 

 

 

VAILLANCOURT FOLK ART LIMITED EDITION SMILEY TOP HAT ORNAMENT (Front and Back)

$30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SMILEY PHONE HOLDER

$8.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

“ANY WAY YOU SAY IT” MUG

$12

 

 

 

 

 

 

“SMILEY MUG”

$6.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORCESTER T-SHIRT

$15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“SMILEY TIE”

$60

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CLICK the RED program titles for Worcester past, present, and future.

MUSEUM CELEBRATIONS

THE HARVEY BALL

Every year since 2001, Worcester Historical Museum has presented “The Harvey Ball Smile Award” to a local individual, group, or organization responsible for helping the entire community smile. The evening also celebrates Harvey Ball and his legacy as the creator of the iconic smiley face, the international icon for happiness and good.  The Harvey Ball on October 2, 2020, recognized 20 community partners on the 20th anniversary of “The Harvey.”

 

CELEBRATING WOMEN 1OO – PRETTY POWERFUL PROGRAM SERIES

In anticipation of Worcester Historical Museum’s landmark exhibition, PRETTY POWERFUL: 100 Years of Voting & Style will celebrate the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote through fashion and the changing roles of women. Programs will continue through spring 2021 with a grand capstone commemoration celebrating a century of women’s social and political activism in Worcester and beyond.

 

The PRETTY POWERFUL Little Black Dress

Celebrate the iconic LITTLE BLACK DRESS. Featuring fascinating historical factoids and special appearances by fashion designers, artists, and fashionistas. Learn secrets on how to glam up your LBD for the holidays and beyond. Presented by the Worcester Historical Museum on November 18, 2020, the program includes powerful photos, videos, stories, and voices.

 

ANITA: Speaking Truth to Power, A Post-Film Discussion

The Anita Hill conversation continues! Nearly three decades after she accused Clarence Thomas of inappropriate behavior at the 1991 U.S. Supreme Court Senate confirmation process, Anita Hill is at the center of an inspiring discussion on women’s rights, equality, harassment in the workplace, and relations between genders and races. Presented on May 23, 2020, by Worcester Historical Museum in partnership with Worcester Black History Project, Pathways for Change, Inc., and the City of Worcester’s Committee on the Status of Women as part of the Museum’s PRETTY POWERFUL Program Series.

 

After Suffrage: The Campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment, 1920-2020

Historian, teacher, and author Barbara Berenson (served as a Senior Attorney at the Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court from 2004 – 2019) gave an informative and compelling presentation on milestone moments related to women’s rights to vote throughout the past 100 years. Presented on June 25, 2020, it includes powerful photos, stories, and voices. Presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Worcester Area.

 

To the Wrongs that Need Resistance: The Uneasy Path to American Women’s Suffrage

Despite what popular histories might tell us, the road to the 19th Amendment in the US was neither straight nor smooth. Nor was it the triumph of a few especially strong leaders. In this talk, Holy Cross History Professor Stephanie Yuhl (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies) explores the wide array of diverse women who, despite internal and external tensions, created a powerful movement for women’s full citizenship and personhood, symbolized in the right to vote. Presented on July 30, 2020, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Worcester Area.

  

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Worcester Historical Museum partners with the Worcester public to chronicle and better understand our community histories. From the Latino History Project of Worcester, LGBTQ+ Worcester FOR THE RECORD, and the Worcester Black History Project, WHM and our community partners work to ensure that we all take our place in history. The following programs present important research-driven storytelling from these community history projects. YOUR history matters. 

 

LATINO HISTORY PROJECT OF WORCESTER

Policing and Race in Worcester: The Story of Cristino Hernandez, A Latino Perspective

Unrest continues across our country with the recent shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. These incidents renew scrutiny on older cases including the July 1993 death of Cristino Hernandez at the hands of the Worcester Police. Severely beaten, Hernandez’s incident was partially captured on video similar to the Rodney King tape. Aldo Garcia Guevara (Prof. of History at Worcester State University) joins Ricky Escobar (Hernandez’s nephew), Dr. Hector E. Piñero (Attorney), Joseph S. Hennessy (Civil Rights Lawyer and former police officer), and Hon. Judge Margaret R. Guzman to remind the public that police brutality has been going on for years and affects Latinos, Blacks, and other people of color as well.

 

BLACK HISTORY PROJECT OF WORCESTER

Worcester People of Color – Unseen Photos, 1897-1917

Hundreds of images depict the everyday lives of Worcester’s Black Worcester residents, many of whom resided in the Beaver Brook neighborhood with their children, neighbors, and loved ones. In 2003 Charlton resident, Frank Morrill purchased a collection of thousands of images taken by local photographer William Bullard between 1897 and 1917. A significant number of those photographs were of Black Worcester residents—a surprising find considering that people of color made up 1% of the city’s population at that time. Join the Worcester Black History Project, Worcester Historical Museum, and Frank Morrill for a discussion and exploration of Bullard’s photographs and the Worcester people whose lives he documented.

 

COVID-19 and the Worcester Black Community     

Data suggests that Black and Latinx communities make up a disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths. Though 5% of Worcester County’s population is Black, they represent 10% of the people seen at Worcester hospitals with COVID-19. Similarly, 11% of Worcester County‘s population is Latino, yet they represent 30% of people seen with COVID-19. Dr. Jennifer Bradford, who specializes in Family Medicine, Public Health, and General Preventive Medicine at UMASS Memorial, joined Black leaders on May 20, 2020, to examine these issues. 

 

Black and Blue:  Policing While Black

George Floyd’s death sparked widespread protests in the U.S. over police abuse. On September 1, 2020, Worcester Historical Museum presented a forum on race and policing and the double consciousness of being a Black police officer for an institution that is seen as racist and dangerous to the Black community. The panel includes Dr. Charlotte Haller (Prof. and Chair of History and Political Science at Worcester State University), Prof. Hernandez Stroud (Brennan Center of Justice at NYU School of Law), police officers and captains, and Ethical Society of Police board members who share reactions to recent protests, explore perceptions of police violence, and discuss solutions to what is required to achieve systemic change.

 

MUSEUM/LIBRARY RESOURCES

The Worcester Tornado, June 9, 1953

The tornado first touched down in Petersham about 4:25 p.m and a column of instability led to the formation of an F-4 twister that pummeled Rutland, Holden, north Worcester, Shrewsbury, Westboro, and Southboro before retreating into the sky about an hour later. It destroyed most of Assumption College, which in the aftermath, moved to a new location; part of the main administration building still stands at what is now Quinsigamond Community College. From the Marvin Richmond Collection at the Worcester Historical Museum.

Baseball in Worcester

Baseball has always been a favorite pastime in Worcester. Previous to 1865 the game was commonly called “round ball” and the old Common was the playground for everybody who wished to participate, three or four games going on at the same time on holidays. For several years previous to 1860 the only organized club in the city was the “Mechanics.” The first professional team in the city was the Irvings, who flourished in 1877-8. The following year the game was loudly boomed and the “Worcesters” were organized to represent the city in what was called the International Association. In 1880-81-82 the Worcesters were in the National League and baseball prospered as never before or since. The city was not large enough however to support a League team, and at the close of the season of 1882, the Worcesters ceased to exist. Baseball remained practically at rest until 1888 when a team was organized to represent the city in the New England BaseBall Association. Commentary by Bill Ballou in this video created by Pagano Media for Worcester Historical Museum to welcome the Worcester Tornadoes in 2005.

SMILEY OFFICIAL

SEND an Electronic WORCESTER SMILE to brighten up someone’s day! Then draw some Smileys and put one or two or three in your windows; draw chalk Smileys in your driveways; make Smile masks to wear when face timing friends and family. Ask your friends, neighbors, relatives…even enemies (if you have any) to do the same. Then have everyone post to the Museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages. It can be photos of their creations, something they own, something they wish they could do, see, or buy right now. Remind all the power of a smile – and of Worcester. If we all reach out, the smiles will increase in numbers and impact.

SEND an Electronic WORCESTER SMILE to brighten up someone’s day!  Then draw some Smileys and put one or two or three in your windows; draw chalk Smileys in your driveways; make Smile masks to wear when face timing friends and family. Ask your friends, neighbors, relatives…even enemies (if you have any) to do the same.  Then have everyone post to the Museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages. It can be photos of their creations, something they own, something they wish they could do, see, or buy right now. Remind all the power of a smile – and of Worcester. If we all reach out, the smiles will increase in numbers and impact.

Did you know that Worcester is not only the birthplace of barbed wire and the monkey wrench, but of smiley face and the space suit?

Visit the buttons on the left to see exciting Worcester history and/or visit Worcester Historical Museum at 30 Elm Street and/or Salisbury Mansion at 40 Highland Street.

WHM in the News

Wild and Precious’ at Worcester Historical Museum June 26” – Telegram & Gazette, 06.25.2014

Wild and Precious’ performance invites Worcester to celebrate personal diversity” – Masslive.com, 06.25.2014

Remembering Where We Came From” – Worcester Magazine, 06.19.2014

Survivors Recall The Devastation Of The 1953 Worcester Tornado” – WGBH 89.7Curiosity Desk, 06.13.2014

Free Vacation Week Fun – Dive into Worcester History” – MassMoms.com, 04.19.2014

Author details how Revolution took root in Worcester” – Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 03.13.2014

Two minutes with Ray Raphael” – Worcester Magazine, 03.06.2014

Favorite Places: Worcester Historical Museum’s Salisbury Mansion” –  Masslive.com, 02.17.2014

Plenty to keep Kids Busy” – Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 02.16.2014

Congress Alley mural to reflect creative spirit of Worcester’s ‘hippie haven” – Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 02.07.2014

World Series Trophy to make Worcester appearance” – Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 01.30.2014

Worcester celebrates half-century of Smiley” – Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 01.12.2014

5 ways to beat the heat” – Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 07.16.2013

On Gettysburg anniversary, remembering Col. George Ward, Worcester’s brave soldier” – Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 07.02.2013

Worcester Historical Museum exhibit chronicles region’s catastrophies” – MetroDaily West, 06.23.2013

Worcester Residents Invited to Share Stories of Past Storms” – GoLocalWorcester, 04.24.2013

College Students Reimagine Worcester’s Salisbury Mansion” – GoLocalWorcester, 04.10.2013

New Life In An Old Setting: Worcester’s Canal District Embarks On A New Era” – Worcester Business Journal, 04.01.2013

PowerPlayer: Worcester Historical Museum’s Bill Wallace” – GoLocalWorcester, 03.25.2013

“City hopes rejuvenating districts will boost tourism” – Boston Globe, 03.24.2013

Worcester cinema screening new film to celebrate black history month” – New England Cable News, 02.26.2013

Alden Gallery Opens at Worcester Historical Museum” – GoLocalWorcester, 02.23.2013

New exhibit opening at Worcester Historical Museum” – New England Cable News, 02.20.2013

Go! Alden Family Gallery” – Telegram.com, 02.21.2013

The past comes alive at revamped Worcester Historical Museum” – MetroWest Daily, 02.17.13

Historical Museum interactive exhibit revisits Worcester’s past”  – Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 02.15.13

Interactive gallery invites families to rediscover Worcester’s past” – Worcester Magazine, 02.13.2013

New Gallery at Worcester Historical Museum” – WICN 90.5 FM, Inquiry with Mark Lynch, 02.13.2013

 

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