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For nearly 100 years, Worcester was the center of the commercial Valentine industry in the United States.

Join the WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM for a Valentine making workshop at 30 Elm St. on Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11 and make your own Worcester-inspired card in the tradition of Esther Howland, Jotham Taft or George C. Whitney.

This program is for Valentine lovers of all ages and is FREE with museum admission.

We will provide everything but the stamp!

This program runs from 11 AM – 3 PM.

And …
Winners of the 39th Annual “Be Our Valentine” Contest Award Ceremony

At the museum …

Friday, February 10 at 4 PM

Students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 celebrated Worcester’s historic role by creating 21st century Valentine greetings. The winners of our 2017 Valentine making competition will be awarded in this yearly celebration of creativity, history and fun!

All of the entries, representing 18 of Worcester’s schools, will be on exhibit at the Worcester Historical Museum through February 28!

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photos: WHM

Yummy! Back when ice skating was FREE FOR ALL in Worcester!

The Worcester Historical Museum

30 Elm St., Worcester

for more information, visit www.worcesterhistory.org

A GREAT PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS DURING SCHOOL VACATION WEEK!

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From the Worcester Historical Museum:

Ice skating comes to Worcester!

University Park Circa 1920 ( 2007.27.11)
Main South’s University Park, circa 1920

When a wave of enthusiasm for group sports swept America in late 1850s, ice skating became instantly popular.

It was the first recreational activity for both men and women to be promoted commercially and civically, and it was accessible to a broad sector of the population.

The [Worcester] Commission of Public Grounds began allocating funds for preparing lakes and parks to support this “exhilarating and healthy exercise” and also hosted skating parties.

The exhilarating pastime was made possible from December 20th to February 15th, at Worcester’s Elm, Green Hill, North, University, East, Crompton and Greenwood parks, by removing the snow with horses and large scrapers.

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Elm Park, 1912

The surfaces were kept in a smooth condition by using an ice planer throughout the day and sprinkling with water after 9 o’clock pm.

It is a conservative estimate that 108,000 availed themselves of this pleasure. – John H. Hemingway, Report of the Park Commissioners, 1908

Skating parties!

Worcester and surrounding towns hosted many skating parties attended by thousands.

Newspapers announced dates, times, train schedules, and ticket prices.

Train ticket prices varied depending on location, but averaged between 15 and 25 cents round trip.

Extra trains ran as needed.

Crowds included people from all ranks and races.

Vernon Hill Playground - c.1920 (2007.27.9)
Skating at Vernon Hill park, circa 1920
 
Two trains, numbering twenty one cars were required to convey the party … again was the pleasant sight of all classes, occupations, and colors, uniting heartily in a common recreation.
Daily Spy, February 13, 1858

 
The skaters had a merry time last night on Salisbury Pond, both sexes were largely represented there. If there had only been a moon, those present wouldn’t have complained if the thermometer had gone from 14 degrees down to zero.
– Daily Spy, December 14, 1859
 
Worcester businesses noticed the extreme popularity of ice skating and soon tried to capitalize.

Winslow Ad  1877
Winslow ad, 1877

Samuel E. Winslow Ice Skating Company To test the market.

Worcester residents and brothers Seth and Samuel Winslow made 25 pairs of skates as a sideline to their machine jobbing business in 1857. They sold 19.

The next year they sold 2,500 pairs!
 
After Seth died in 1871, Samuel bought his interests, moved from the Merrifield Building to a new factory on Mulberry Street, added roller skates to the line, and expanded sales to Europe and India.

He incorporated as Samuel Winslow Skate Manufacturing Company in 1886.

By 1889, its 200 employees turned out 1,200 pairs of skates daily — 40 styles of ice skates and 15 styles of roller skates ranging in price from 15 cents to $10.

In 1894, Samuel’s son, “Colonel” Samuel Winslow, took over. At the onset of the Great Depression, but Matthew Manufacturing Company bought it and continued production until 1959.
 
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LET’S EMBRACE ALL CLASSES AND RACES, WORCESTER! IT’S THE ONLY WAY WE CAN BECOME GREAT AGAIN!

FREE THE WORCESTER COMMON ICE OVAL!
– R.T.
 

Is Teddy Bear bored? How about a jaunt to the Worcester Historical Museum for a fashionable high tea?!

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Rosalie’s Teddy baby bear!
pic: R.T.

This Saturday, December 5!

TEDDY BEAR TEA!

WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM

30 Elm Street, Worcester

11AM to 2 PM

•Face Painting • Balloon Animals • Arts & Crafts • Holiday Sing-a-long • Decorate your own dessert!

• Sandwiches, hot chocolate and juice!

WE ARE EXPECTING A VERY SPECIAL GUEST (BRING YOUR CAMERA!)

Tickets:

WHM Members: $10 adults, $8 children
Non-members: $12 adults, $10 children

Free Admission for Teddy Bears, monkeys, frogs or any other stuffed animal of your choosing!

Reservations required 508-753-8278

Space is limited so please call early.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets will be held at the door.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of this annual event we cannot hold seats without prepayment.
 

We love the Worcester Historical Museum!

Did you know the Worcester Historical Museum has a great gift shop in their lobby? Everything Worcester, lots of Smiley stuff for World Smiley Day, October 2. Their sales are TERRIFIC, too! Worcester books for a buck or two! Here’s what we saw at the WHM gift shop when we last visited this Worcester gem, located on Elm Street, open Tuesday through Sunday.
pics: R. Tirella
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Worcester Historical Museum happenings!

Worcester Historical Museum
3O Elm St.

The countdown has begun …

The Sky is Not the Limit: 80 Years of David Clark Company closes on Saturday, September 12!

This is your last chance to see unique artifacts before they are returned to the DCCI archives.

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FREE ADMISSION FOR SENIORS!

Special Senior Day at the museum!

Thursday, September 10

Worcester Historical Museum and Salisbury Mansion

Free Admission for Seniors 62 and over with ID

Come join in at Special Senior Day when admission for seniors is free, sponsored by Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred.

Explore Worcester Historical Museum and learn all about the Worcester’s past, present, and future.

Tour “The Sky Is Not The Limit” exhibit about Worcester’s own David Clark Company. (The exhibit closes September 12.)  

Bring in your memories of Worcester and have them scanned to become part of WHM’s collection!

Travel back in time with a tour of WHM’s Salisbury Mansion at 40 Highland Street.

For more information, call 508-753-8278.

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Murder at the Museum
Date Changed!

Thursday, October 15

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It’s not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation!!!

Is the murderer at your table?!

Your wife, husband, friend … or YOU?!!!! 

Work together to prove innocence or guilt and find the real killer through an interactive performance, all the while dining on a three course meal.

$50 per person includes show and buffet dinner

Seating is limited.
Please call 508-753-8278 for reservations.

We are sorry but we cannot hold seats without payment.

More summer fashion …

… from the Worcester Historical Museum, located at 30 Elm Street, in Worcester! I visited the museum yesterday … they have an adorable gift shop in their lobby! Filled with all things Worcester: books, buttons, tee shirts, cards, coffee mugs, games! Great gifts! And their sales are the best! Items go for $1, $2, $3!

WHM also runs the Salisbury Mansion, once the digs of super-rich Woo industrialist Steve Salisbury. (Did they name that wretched steak after him, too?!)

Salisbury Mansion
4O Highland Street, Worcester

Worcester Historical Museum
Gallery Hours:

TUE – SAT 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
4th Thursday 10:00 AM-8:30 PM

WHM Library Hours:

WED – SAT 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
4th Thursday 10:00 AM-8:30 PM

Salisbury Mansion Hours:

THU – SAT 1 pm – 4 pm

– R. Tirella

Lifeguards Chatting on the Beach, July 18, 1951
Life guards chatting … (love her pose!)

Kittredge Family - Swimming (c. 1900)
The Kittredge family!

From the Worcester Historical Museum …

… Elm Street, Worcester

I love this place! Check out their hands-on, permanent Worcester diner exhibit! The kids will love it!

Also: their exhibit on Worcester factories is tres cool. Worcester, we were great when we MADE STUFF! Jobs for everybody! Now … a period of readjustment …

Visit the Worcester Historical Museum today! Learn all about our city!   – R.T.

Mrs Massachusetts at White City (August 1950)
White City bathing beauties, circa 1950

Free Fun at the Worcester Historical Museum next Friday (August 7)!

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Hey! Why is Lilac adorning this press release?!?!   R.T!

Worcester Historical Museum

39 Elm St.

Friday, August 7

Come spend the day at Worcester Historical Museum and Salisbury Mansion!

FREE – for all ages!

Explore the many interesting aspects of
Worcester Historical Museum and tour Salisbury Mansion.

Learn about the David Clark Company!!!

Have your photo taken in space!!!

Visit the Alden Family Gallery!

Join in hands-on activities for all ages!

Worcester Historical Museum

10 am to 4 pm

30 Elm St., Worcester

Salisbury Mansion 10 am to 4 pm

40 Highland St., Worcester

For more information:
http://www.worcesterhistory.org/free-fun-friday-at-whm-august-7-2015/

This free day is sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation as part of the state-wide Free Fun Fridays 2015 program.