How Far Have We
Worcester Official City
Worcester, central Massachusetts' urban
center, is a mixture of small town friendliness with some of the finest
elements of urban life, including:
Worcester's Hiking, Biking, Snowshoeing and Open Space
Worcester - Precursor of the Revolution
Worcester Postcards of Old
What Events Celebrate Him?
WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS [I-5]
25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA 01609
508-753-8183 fax: 508-797-5626
Contact: Amy Black Email address:
The Worcester Center for Crafts is New Englandís center for craft
education. Established in 1856 as the Worcester Employment Society, the
Center forged a tradition for economic empowerment by teaching immigrants
the skills needed to create and sell crafts. Visit the great Gallery Gift
WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM [I-6]
30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609
508-753-8278 fax: 508-753-9070
Contact: Bill Wallace Email address:
Founded in 1875, Worcester Historical Museum is a
unique organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting
Worcester's history in all time periods and subject areas. The holdings of
WHM encompass thousands of unique documents and artifacts vital to the study
of Worcester history.
CHILDHOOD HOME OF
U.S. POET LAUREATE STANLEY KUNITZ
4 Woodford Street, Worcester MA 01607
Contact: Greg and Carol Stockmal Email address:
Poet, editor, essayist, translator, who became Americaís 10th poet
laureate at the age of 95, succeeding Robert Pinsky. First published in
1930. He has written in conversational tone of such complex themes as the
work of a poet, loss, time, and the chaos of inner life.
Private home, not open to public
except rare occasions.
HIGGINS ARMORY MUSEUM
100 Barber Avenue, Worcester, MA 01606
Contact: Tara Young Email address:
Enjoy the distinction of the only museum in the Western Hemisphere
entirely devoted to the study and display of arms and armor. Discover the
vaulted Medieval Great Hall. Artifacts ranging from Corinthian helmets of
ancient Greece to ornate suits of armor from the height of the Renaissance
give our visitors an exciting glimpse into the past.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT AMERICAN MUSEUM, UNION STATION
2 Washington Sq, Union Station, Worcester, MA
508-770-1515 fax: 508-526-8787
Contact: Cyrus D. Lipsitt Email address:
Newly opened museum!! Dr. Joseph Plaud, FDR collector and Museum
BROAD MEADOW BROOK CONSERVATION CENTER AND WILDLIFE
414 Massasoit Road, Worcester, MA 01604
The Massachusetts Audubon Society. Explore over 400 acres of woods,
fields, streams, and marsh. Look for 78 different species of butterflies,
prowl for owls, or learn to snowshoe. Enjoy interpretive exhibits including
a large 3-D model of the entire sanctuary and a wall-to-ceiling map of the
Blackstone River watershed. Trails are open everyday dawn to dust. Call for
American Antiquarian Society:
A renown national research facility of American
history and culture.
Mechanics Hall: Recognized as the finest
pre-Civil War concert hall in the nation. This fine hall hosts free
Wednesday noon brown bag lunch concert series as well as the finest of
globally respected artists and performances.
Armory: Over 70 suits of armor within a Gothic
arch environment bring you back centuries to another world.
Worcester Art Museum: One of the finest art
museums in New England with over 35,000 pieces covering 5000 years of art
and antiquities. Free Sat admission 10-4pm.
The Worcester Art Museum, which opened to the public
in 1898, is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings,
sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The
works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman
mosaics to Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art.
Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a
year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000
adult and youth students each year. Public tours are offered Saturdays at 11
a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., September through May. Audio tours are also
available in English and Spanish.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5
p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank),
and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and
full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all
youth 17 and under. Admission is also FREE for everyone on Saturday
mornings, 10 a.m.-noon. The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St.,
Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90),
Route 290 and Route 9. Free parking is available near entrances on
Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508)
799-4406 or visit the Museum web site at www.worcesterart.org
Ecotarium: The natural world with over 200
animals, trails, canopy walk, planetarium, train ride and activities.
Worcester Historical Museum: Various
presentations and exhibits of Worcester's history and beyond.
Foothills Theatre: A full-time professional
theatre group producing eight shows each season from dramas to comedies to
Arts Worcester: A non-profit organization
hosting satellite galleries, a newsletter and other supportive advocacy
roles for Worcester area artists.
Music Worcester: 141 year old presenter of
performances of renowned symphonies, world music, jazz, chorus and chamber
Worcester Center for Crafts:
A regional visual arts gallery for tourist or native
offering a gift store, classes and studios for various crafts of ceramics,
pottery, photography, textiles and more.
The Centrum: Worcester's
entertainment center hosting concerts, shows, etc. and Convention Center.
City Hall: A link to city
Consortium: A link to all the colleges in
and around Worcester
Other significant Worcester
organizations or sites: Tuckerman Hall designed in 1902 by Josephine Wright
Chapman and used for concerts, lectures, other events; the Salisbury Mansion
built in 1772 by Stephen Salisbury and restored as historical home;
Performing Arts School of
Worcester; American Sanitary Plumbing Museum which preserves the history
of American Plumbing industry.
Also, African Heritage
Institute (508-757-2222), American Guild of Organists (508-791-2893), Audio
Journal (508-797-1117), Central Mass Symphony Orchestra (617) 439-8900 x
6614, Centro Las Americas (508-798-1900), Daughters of American Revolution
(508-797-3530), First Night Worcester (508-799-4909), Forum Theatre
(508-799-9166), Henry Lee Willis Community Center (508-799-0702), Heywood
Gallery, Italian-American Cultural Center ( 508-754-7100).
Joy of Music Program (508-792-5667),
Master Singers of Worcester (508-791-2893), Opera Worcester (508-753-0666),
Salisbury Lyric Opera Guild (508-752-2077), Salisbury Singers
(508-799-3848), Very Special Arts Worcester (508-350-7713), WCUW
(508-753-1012), WICN Public Radio (508-752-0700), Worcester County Poetry
Assoc (508-797-4770), Worcester Cultural Commission (508-799-1400) and the
Worcester Women's History Project
Tower Hill Botanical Garden: 132 acres of
formal and casual gardens , trails and meadows with an Educational and
visitors center and classrooms, shop, cafe and subtropical plants. Home of
Worcester County Horticultural Society.
Wachusett Mountain: Skiing nearby
and other activities throughout the year.
A booklet has recently been printed by the Worcester
Women's History project that wonderfully describes the role that Worcester
and central Massachusetts played in the historic struggle for women as well
as racial equality. It highlights the bold initiatives and the people behind
them, who were not always very popular or easily received, whose courage led
to the changes that finally resulted in voting rights for women and free men
Worcester's role in history is often ignored, yet its
part in the American Revolution, in the printing industry with Isaiah Thomas
and its role for equal rights is nearly unparalleled. This 46 page booklet
describes historic places, both intact and long gone, the leaders who boldly
led the charge in the national struggle for equal rights as well as the
"foot soldiers" who added strength to the vision to bring it to fruition.
Although the booklet is not available on their
website, events and some history are available as well as contact names.