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From the Worcester Historical Museum …

Worcester Historical Museum
Elm Street, Worcester

One Family’s History: The Nordstrom’s of Worcester

In the Fletcher Auditorium

Thursday, March 26

6 PM

Steven Sabol, a grandnephew of the Nordstrom sisters, will share the story of the tragic March 1940 Charter Apartments fire and the loss of five lives–the three Nordstroms and a resident couple–then considered the most significant loss of life to fire in the city’s history.

An Associate Professor of History at the University of North Charolina, Charlotte, Sabol’s expertise is Russian/Soviet history during World War I, but his passion is genealogy.



Thursday, April 9

7 – 8:30 PM

Robert Cording, James Nicola and Ann Marie Shea celebrate the writings of. Worcester luminaries Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz, Frank O’Hara and Frances Perkins.

Celebrate! Today, Saturday, January 24 – FREE admission …

Howland Valentine (2001.FIA.06.1.8)


A Howland Valentine –  one of the many Worcester Valentine’s you can check out at the WHM!  

Howland Valentine (2001.FIA.06.1.8)


… to the Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street. And the museum’s Salisbury Mansion.

Celebrate the WHM’s 140th birthday!

10 am to 4 pm at the Worcester Historical Museum

1 pm to 4 pm at the Salisbury Mansion.

Activities, 10 am to 3 pm:

Make your very own Valentine!

Scavenger hunt!

Time capsule!

B-day cupcakes and more!

FREE to ALL! Have FUN!!

Make Valentine’s at the Worcester Public Library and GBV branch with the Worcester Historical Museum!


Tomorrow and Thursday!

Come to one of the Worcester Historical Museum’s Valentine-making workshops and learn about historic Worcester Valentine styles and techniques!

Get a chance to make your own Valentine to enter into the museum’s Valentine Contest or make cards for family and friends!

Parents, bring kids in grades 3 – 6

Wed., January 14

4 pm – Children’s Room, Main Library at Salem Square


Thursday, January 15

4 pm – Great Brook Valley Branch Library

For more information, please call 508.799.1671


The Worcester Public Library offers hundreds of FREE workshops for adults and kids! All year long! At all its branches! Craft classes, language classes, career workshops, computer workshops! Plus movies, reading groups, puppet shows, etc. FREE! Fun for the whole family!

For more information go to their EVENTS PAGE on their website worcpublib.org or … CLICK HERE 

Head over to the Worcester Historical Museum to see these Worcester holiday postcards …

… and more! Exhibits, photos, books, memorabilia, craft classes for kids, a cool Worcester-themed gift shop. … It’s all about Worcester!

Worcester Historical Museum

Open Tuesday – Sunday

Elm Street, Worcester

For more info, call them at (508) 753-8278

Here are some of their Worcester Whitney Postcards … You can see them at the museum.

But first a brief history of this Worcester company …

The publishing company was founded by Civil War veteran George Whitney in his hometown of Worcester.

Beginning at the turn of the century and continuing up to about 1920, the Whitney Company manufactured greeting cards, children’s books, souvenir postcards, paper toys and novelties of every description .

Originally a stationary store founded by George C. Whitney, they became an important publisher and printer of holiday cards including postcards. Whitney installed embossing and paper lace making machinery in his factory so he could manufacture all of his card’s components in the United States. They also manufactured many mechanical cards.

During the heyday of the picture postcard fad in America, from about 1904 to 1917, the Whitney Company was a major presence, printing and selling several hundred designs for all holidays.

girls in bed for christmas-1

greetings 2-1

a little girl going down steps and seeing presents-1

kids in snowsuits throwing snow balls

children looking for santa-1

Whitney Postcard 2

Holiday news from the Worcester Historical Museum

Don’t miss…

Home for the Holidays at Salisbury Mansion

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 1:00 to 4:00pm thru December 31.

Come join in the…

Candlelight tours at the Mansion.  Declared by USA Today this year as one of the “10 best” holiday candlelight tours.   Tours are available Friday, December 19th and 26th 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Members $5; non-member adults $8; children free.

Last minute holiday shopping?

Come to the WHM Gift Shop (Elm Street) and find limited edition Smiley ties, books, ornaments, and much more.  Shop is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Give the gift of membership!

A WHM membership is also the perfect gift for any Worcester fan.

Or become a member and save!
As a member, you enjoy special benefits and discounts throughout the year, including 10% off in the Museum Gift Shop throughout the year.  Your purchases also help support the Museum and its many programs!


Happy holidays at the Worcester Historical Museum!

Teddy Bear Tea

Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Members: Adults $12.00 / Children: $10.00
Non-members: Adults $15.00 / Children $12.00

Bring the whole family for day a of holiday fun at WHM’s Teddy Bear Tea! Experience the magic as the Pumpernickel Puppets come to life, enjoy sing-a-longs, arts and crafts, and get a teddy bear checkup with Nurse Michelle from Fallon Community Health Plan in our Teddy Bear Clinic.

Registration is required, call 508.753.8278

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Candlelight Tours of Salisbury Mansion
Fridays, December 6-27 from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
Free with museum admission

Learn how the holidays have been celebrated in two different decades with decorations evocative of the 1860s and 1960s  throughout the period rooms of Salisbury Mansion. Bring the whole family for an evening you won’t forget!

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From the Worcester Historical Museum …

Elm Street

Worcester 911
Closes Saturday, August 31 

This week is your last chance to see Worcester 911 before it closes this Saturday. See the devastation and effects wrought by storms like the 1953 Tornado or the 1955 Flood on Worcester and how the community pulled together to heal and rebuild.

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Whispers in the Walls: William P. Daniels House
Saturday, September 14 at 1:00 PM
$10 per person

Hear the stories and learn the history of the William P. Daniels House, 2 Congress Street, at our latest Whispers in the Walls tour in September. Space is limited to 30 people.

Call 508.753.8278 to register.

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Wire charms and baseball bats!‏

At the Worcester Historical Museum
Elm Street
Kids Crafternoons: Initial Charm
Wednesday, August 14 at 10:30 AM
Cost: Children: $3.00; Adults and Members: Free 

The first day of school is almost here! How about a one-of-a-kind charm to decorate your backpack or lunchbox? Stop by The Factory in the Alden Family Gallery and use wire – a Worcester made product – and yarn to fashion a charm of your initials.

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Casey at the Bat: 125 Years Later
Exhibit extended through Oct. 26

Due to popular demand, we are extending our “Casey at the Bat” exhibit into the post-season! You can learn all about Ernest Thayer, the Worcester native, who wrote the famous baseball poem in our exhibit until October 26!

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Cool off with the Worcester Historical Museum!

The Salisbury Connection
Wed., July 17 and Sat., July 20 at 2:00 PM
Worcester Art Museum and Salisbury Mansion
Free (starts in the Lancaster Lobby at WAM)

Join Worcester Historical Museum and the Worcester Art Museum on a tour that explores the taste and evolving style of the Salisbury Family through works in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum and the period rooms of Salisbury Mansion. The tour starts in the Lancaster Lobby of the Worcester Art Museum.

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Tour of Crown Hill Neighborhood
Wednesday, July 17 at 5:30 PM
All Saints Church (10 Irving Street)

Hear stories about Crown Hill’s colorful past on a free docent-led walking tour of Worcester’s oldest residential neighborhood and its newest historic district. For more information call 508.755.7906 or 508.755.1569 or e-mail conbloom@aol.com.

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Kids Crafternoons
Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 AM
Children: $3.00; Adults and Members: Free

Mr. Salisbury sold many items in his store, including beautiful brooches. Both men and women wore brooches to secure cloaks or to decorate their attire. Come in and make a brooch of your own with found materials like fabric, yarn, decorative paper, and more.

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