As worded in our mission statement, our purpose is “to inspire and promote community interest in and appreciation for the history of Worthington, Massachusetts. We identify, select, gather, preserve, maintain, catalog and make accessible to the public, historical documents and significant memorabilia from the town.”
2018-2019 Membership Drive. It’s been a busy year as usual for our all-volunteer board. For the Worthington 250 parade, we devised a “traditional workshop” float with potter Mark Shapiro, weaver Lisa Westervelt, and chair maker Ben Brown practicing their crafts in live motion. Our exhibits included photographs of Worthington houses “then and now” by Ed and Helen Pelletier and a behind-the-scenes look at Worthington’s 1968 “Bicentennial Queen” competition. We forged ahead with our oral history project and responded to genealogical inquiries. Our website posted new exhibits and essays, and our ever-expanding digital archive has become easier to search online. For future events, a piano and free-standing exhibit panels were donated. In September, for “Afternoon of the Living Dead,” we arranged a casual get-together with the resident ghosts of Benjamin Cemetery. And for our Annual Meeting in October, we shared (and recorded) memories of a remarkable Worthington personality, Guy Thrasher (1900-1985). Please join our organization and support our core mission of preserving Worthington history at our membership and donations page.
New blog posts from the graveyard. In our latest blog post, Night of the Living Dead III at Ringville Cemetery, the resident wraiths of a Worthington cemetery greet visitors in a chatty humor. In the previous post, Dramatis Personae at the Kinne Brook Cemetery, George Bresnick explores a dramatic letter recounting a graveyard confrontation in 1866.
We have a WHS Facebook group. Here is the link to join the group and share photos and memories.
Free tickets to Historic Deerfield. Courtesy of WHS, the Worthington Library loans out two sets of four free tickets to Historic Deerfield, the renowned colonial village museum dedicated to the history of Connecticut River Valley.
New DVD: An Interview with Rolande & Robert Schrade. In the interview, recorded in 2008 at the Academy in South Worthington, the Schrades discuss moving to Worthington, purchasing the Academy building, their musical dynasty, and their renowned summer concert series, Sevenars. The 68-minute DVD, produced by Edward & Helen Pelletier, also includes a tour of the Academy’s three floors. The DVD is available for $30 (proceeds divided equally between WHS, the Pelletiers, and the Schrade family) by downloading an order form at our Publications & DVDs page or by contacting Pat Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent blog posts. Recent additions to our blog, The Corners, include Florence Berry Bates and the Worthington Health Center, Worthington and the Civil War, Night of the Living Dead at Center Cemetery, an article on Shays’ Rebellion by Richard Mansfield, and an exhibit of old bottles found by Ben Brown and his father in Worthington soil. We look forward to your comments and contributions.