11.15.2012 – 04.27.2013
On exhibit through Saturday, May 4
Free with museum admission, Worcester Historical Museum, Elm Street
How about a game of Twister or give the hula-hoop a try? This is the last week to get your “game on” and learn about the fun history of toys and games at WHM.
Experience a new way to learn about history in the fun and interactive exhibition Game On. Exploring the history of toys and games in America, Game On is designed like a board game encouraging children and adults to explore the gallery and artifacts – like LEGOs, the first paper dolls manufactured in America, Toy Soldiers, Puzzles, Barbies, and more – while answering trivia, playing games and having fun.
Game On surveys the development of “play” and the toy industry, looking at New England based giants like Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and Hasbro, smaller companies like Worcester Toy Company and Ralphco Inc, the marketing of toys and the development of franchises. Audiences, young and old, will be able to connect with future generations by the associations that toys and games have with childhood.
This exhibition was supported in in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Dickens Returns to Mechanics Hall
Friday, September 21, 8 PM
Tickets: $20 – $35
Charles Dickens first came to Worcester in 1842. He returned in March of 1868 to perform A Christmas Carol to a sold-out Mechanics Hall.
His great-great-grandson, Gerald Charles Dickens, will recreate that evening using his own adaptation of the classic Christmas tale. Gerald plays over 30 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.
Relive Worcester’s history!
For tickets call (508) 752-0888.
Worcester Historical Museum
Books / Literature Sale
Thursday, August 2
10 AM-2 PM
Here is your chance to get Worcester Historical Museum catalogs and other books from our gift shop at a fraction of the cost. Help us clean out our overstock and satisfy your love of Worcester at the same time.
Get books, like our Ga Till Amerika catalog, for only a $1 and get a second book for a penny! You’ll also receive a free “Worcester’s Face book with every purchase.
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School
Thursday, June 28, from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
(Museum doors will open at 6:00 PM)
Tickets: $20.00 per person; $15.00 with WOO Card
Have a glass of wine – or two, this Thursday and enjoy the wit of some of Worcester’s greatest writers.
The June 28 reading will incorporate scenes from Biography by S.N. Behrman. Biography is a brilliant take on media overexposure when a single woman, semi-famous for painting celebrities’ portraits, is asked to write her memoirs.
Other notable works that will be included in the June 28 reading are How to Watch a Chess Match by Robert Benchley and The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop. An honor bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available.
For tickets call (508) 753-8278.
Free and open to the public!
For kids of all ages! Come to one of the Worcester Historical Museum’s two Valentine-making workshops and learn about historic Worcester Valentine styles and techniques. Get a chance to make your own Valentine to enter into our Valentine Contest or make cards for family and friends.
Tues., January 17, 3:00-4:30 pm
Great Brook Valley Branch Library,Worcester
Wed., January 18, 3:00-4:30 pm
Children’s Room, Main Library at Salem Square
At the Worcester Historical Museum, Elm Street, Worcester
Friday, November 25
10 AM – 2 PM
Books on sale for a $1.00
25% off our Salisbury Mansion ornaments
Purchase a Vaillancourt signed Harvey Ball ornament get a Top Hat ornament free
Teddy Bear Tea
Saturday, December 3
10:30 AM – 2 PM
Be sure to bring your teddy bear and join other teddy bear lovers for this festive party featuring magic by Cindy, teddy bear clinic with Nurse Michelle, teddy bear tea room with holiday treats and music, craft activities, and a visit from Santa! To reserve your spot call 508-753-8278.
Adults: $10.00; Children: $8.00
Adults: $12.00; Children: $10.00
Wow! What bargains! The gift shop at the Worcester Historical Museum needs to free up some space. So they are selling a bunch of great Worcester/Worc.-themed books for $1 each. Books on Water Street, Norton Company, Worcester’s Swedish community, some of our architects and much, much more!
A great opportunity for Worcesterphiles of all shapes and sizes, local teachers, activity directors of area retirement homes, relatives who live far away … .
A buck a book sale!
Thursday, May 12
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
in the Gift Shop of the Worcester Historical Museum
Check it out!
Worc. Historical Museum
30 Elm St., Worcester, MA
– R. Tirella