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Be a part of a community-wide event next Monday for a communal reading of Frederick Douglass's "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" - Noon on #Worcester Common. For more info:
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Don’t miss tonight’s performance of Wild and Precious, which uses a “personal narrative as a vehicle to tell the story of the gay rights movement as a whole.” The performance starts at 7pm and is free to the public. Seating is limited so make sure to arrive early and check out the museum’s galleries. Find out more in the Telegram & Gazette:
Steve Cadwell is the man behind 'Wild and Precious,' a one-man multimedia performance that chronicles his personal journey as a gay man. Cadwell has performed the show six times over the past year, in cities including Boston and Cambridge. At 7 p.m. June 26, he will present it on a Worcester stage.
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It’s 4th Thursday, which means we’re open late tonight! Visit the museum after work and learn something new about Worcester in our galleries or come for tonight’s production of Wild & Precious at 7pm. For more info:
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“We hope ‘Wild and Precious’ encourages people to remember that their own personal stories are an important part in understanding LGBTQ culture and history…” – Learn more about tomorrow’s production of “Wild and Precious,” and be inspired to share your personal stories and help add to WHM’s #LGBTQ Archive. Learn more about tomorrow’s event in current issue of Worcester Magazine:
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Did you catch Freedom Summer last night on PBS? Several people from #Worcester traveled down to the South in 1963 and 1964 to register Southern Blacks to vote and begin the process of integrating public accommodations. Three of those Worcesterites were Donald P. Goynor, Hank and Kathy Chaiklin, who would later found the non-profit organization Prospect House in Worcester. This photograph, c. 1967, shows Prospect House at one if its original locations at 92 Summer Street. The organization was dedicated to social justice and civil right.
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#Worcester Officials move to make the downtown more pedestrian-friendly with streetscape improvements like lighting, trees, and benches. Will this help revitalize #Worcester's core?
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Don’t miss tonight’s #free program at Worcester Public Library on the life of Samuel F. Staples. If you’re interested in local history and genealogical research this is the program for you. From Worcester to Little Bighorn: The Life of Samuel F. Staples starts at 6:30pm in the Banx Room at Worcester Public Library. For more:
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Are you excited for Wagon Tours in #Worcester Canal District, which start next week? We love helping these students bring their "characters to life."
WORCESTER — You can learn plenty of fascinating aspects of Worcester's history by reading about it in books, but why settle for that?
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Today in 1905: Ringling Bros. Circus came to town. This photograph, taken by George Cocaine, shows the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus Side Show in #Worcester in 1954. #History #OTD #OnThisDay #GreatestShowOnEarth
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This view from Harrington Corner on Main and Front streets, show the beautiful facades of the main office and retail buildings along Main Street towards Franklin Square, c. 1895. This photograph is from the E.B. Luce Collection at WHM.
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“This play is not just a celebration of the gay rights movement, but of that diversity which hides within us all…” – Join us for a special performance of “Wild and Precious” tomorrow evening at 7pm. #Free and open to the public, “Wild and Precious” is a celebration of the #LGBTQ experience from Stonewall to marriage equality. Find out more about this spectacular play and its relation to #Worcester in
The one-man show "Wild and Precious" will invite viewers on Thursday to relish in the diversity that makes everyone special while remembering the strides that have been made towards equality and gay rights.
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Today in 1860: A salute of 100 guns was fired on #Worcester Common in honor of the nomination of Stephen A. Douglas for President. Douglas was a politician from Illinois and the designer of the Kansas–Nebraska Act. He was a U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party nominee for President in the 1860 election, losing to Republican Abraham Lincoln. Douglas had previously defeated Lincoln in a Senate contest, noted for the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. He was nicknamed the "Little Giant" because he was short in physical stature, but a forceful and dominant figure in politics. [Daguerreotype of Stephen A. Douglas, U.S. Senator from Illinois, c. 1840-1860, Library of Congress] #History #OTD #OnThisDay #USPoli
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Your City. Your History. Your Museum.
Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles, an archive that houses thousands of documents, and a collection of artifacts, all vital to the study of Worcester history.

WHM also owns and operates Salisbury Mansion, Worcester's only historic house museum. Built in 1772, it has been restored to its 1830's appearance and one of the best documented historic houses in New England. Thanks to the voluminous family papers, preserved at the American Antiquarian Society, it is one of the best documented historic houses in New England.

Worcester's history is interpreted through a calendar of exhibitions, educational programming, tours and publications. WHM features both permanent installations and changing exhibitions.