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30 Elm St., Worcester
Salisbury Mansion: 40 Highland St., Worcester:



Thursday, July 18 (Rain date: Friday, July 19, 2019)

10 AM-12 PM
at Pakachoag Golf Course, 5 Upland St., Auburn

Today is the 50th anniversary of mankindโ€™s first moon landing …

… humans stood at the edge of becoming interplanetary explorers…

… local officials and area organizations will join forces to launch rockets at events honoring native son and Father of Modern Rocketry, Dr. Robert H. Goddard!

Two decades after The Wright brothers lifted humans into the sky, another event paved the way โ€” this time, all the way to the moon: Clark University professor Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket from a humble farm field โ€” now Pakachoag Golf Course โ€” in Auburn, Massachusetts.

Goddardโ€™s launch from his Aunt Effieโ€™s Farm on March 26, 1926, would change science fiction into fact.

Persevering through harsh criticism and vehement detractors, Goddard proved liquid fuels could power large rockets through the vacuum of space, and on July 20, 1969, Americans watched as that technology safely landed two men on the moon.

On Thursday, July 18, the Worcester on the Moon consortium is set to host a gathering at the original launch site to celebrate Goddardโ€™s contributions to space exploration. The event will feature commemorative solid fuel rocket launches from the CMASS Rocket Club and The Aldrich Astronomical Society, as well as short speeches from Goddard experts. Join us and help celebrate an American hero at the historical site that should be as revered as Kitty Hawk.

Additional events and exhibitions will take place throughout the city …


POP-UP EXHIBIT at the Worcester Historical Museum!

Saturday, July 20

10 AM – 4 PM


Stop by Worcester Historical Museum this Saturday as part of the citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon!

We have teamed up with WPI and Clark University to highlight moon related artifacts and pictures from their collections to share with you. We will also have images and artifacts from Dr. Robert Goddard on exhibit and you will have a chance to snap a selfie with him on this momentous day!

Join our city as we celebrate 100 years of space exploration and technology throughout the year. Worcester is home to innovation and manufacturing that moved the needle in extra-planetary exploration. Dr. Robert Goddard, the โ€œFather of Modern Rocketryโ€ made the first launch of a liquid-fueled rocket on March 16, 1926, in Auburn, from Pakachoag Golf Course. Moon landing technology for the

Apollo 11 Mission, including the suits astronauts wore, and the headset Neil Armstrong used to communicate with Earth, were made in Worcester.

There will be a series of events and exhibits throughout Worcester on July 20 to celebrate the 50th anniversary…Visit worcesteronthemoon.org for a complete schedule.

REMEMBER … You can’t get to the moon without Worcester!

The WHM:๐ŸŒ”๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ˜Š
30 Elm St., Worcester๐Ÿ˜Š
Salisbury Mansion: 40 Highland St., Worcester๐Ÿš€


Better than the moon! – R.T.:


From BETO๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ O’Rourke:

I like O’Rourke! Wish he could BREAK THROUGH! – R.T.

I was recently given documents showing that both Amy and I are descended from people who owned slaves. Along with other possessions listed in their property log were two human beings, Rose and Eliza.

A paternal great-great-great grandfather of mine, Andrew Cowan Jasper, owned these two women in the 1850s. There are also records showing that a maternal great-great-great grandfather, Frederick Williams, most likely owned slaves in the 1860s (โ€œmost likely,โ€ because we are not certain that the Frederick Williams who is my ancestor and the Frederick Williams who owned slaves are the same person, but thereโ€™s enough circumstantial data to lead me to conclude that itโ€™s likely).

Records also showed that Amy had an ancestor who owned slaves and another who was a member of the Confederate Army.

Something that weโ€™ve been thinking about and talking about in town hall meetings and out on the campaign โ€” the legacy of slavery in the United States โ€” now has a much more personal connection.

Ownership of other human beings conferred advantages not just to Andrew Jasper and Frederick Williams, but to Jasperโ€™s and Williamsโ€™ descendants as well. They were able to build wealth on the backs and off the sweat of others, wealth that they would then be able to pass down to their children and their childrenโ€™s children. In some way, and in some form, that advantage would pass through to me and my children.

That those enslaved Americans owned by my ancestors were denied their freedom, denied the ability to amass wealth, denied full civil rights in America after slavery also had long term repercussions for them and their descendants.

The way that fortune was passed through the generations from Andrew to me, misfortune was passed through the generations from Rose and Eliza to their descendants who are alive today. Rose and Eliza were denied their freedom and the benefits that their labor produced; they and their children were then denied their civil rights after the end of Reconstruction; and their descendants endured open terrorism, economic exclusion and racism in the form of Jim Crow, lynchings, convict leasing, voter suppression, red lining, predatory lending, and mass incarceration. Everything their descendants have accomplished in their lives is despite having all of these odds stacked against them.

In the aggregate, slavery, its legacy and the ensuing forms of institutionalized racism have produced an America with stark differences in opportunities and outcomes, depending on race.

For example, there is 10 times the wealth in white American than there is in black America. Black men are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white men. The disparity in infant mortality between black families and white families is greater today than it was in 1850. Whether itโ€™s the economy, healthcare, education, criminal justice or even in the inherent biases revealed by technology, there really are two Americas.

I benefit from a system that my ancestors built to favor themselves at the expense of others. That only increases the urgency I feel to help change this country so that it works for those who have been locked-out of โ€” or locked-up in โ€” this system.

As a person, as a candidate for the office of the Presidency, I will do everything I can to deliver on this responsibility.

In addition to making significant changes to education policy (immediately address $23 billion in underfunding for minority-majority public schools), economic policy (ensuring equal pay, deploying capital to minority- and women-owned businesses, $25 billion in government procurement to these same businesses), healthcare (universal healthcare and home health visits to women of color to reverse trend in maternal and infant mortality) and criminal justice (police accountability, ending the drug war, and expunging arrest records for nonviolent drug crimes), I will continue to support reparations, beginning with an important national conversation on slavery and racial injustice.

We all need to know our own story as it relates to the national story, much as I am learning mine. It is only then, I believe, that we can take the necessary steps to repair the damage done and stop visiting this injustice on the generations that follow ours.

– Beto

(To contribute to BETO’S campaign via check, please address to Beto for America campaign, P.O. Box 3628 El Paso, TX 79923. Thank you!!)


Happy belated Birthday, Woody Guthrie!!!!:

For Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Kelley Ann Conway and the gang:

Defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
1. often capitalized: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

Made me cry!: