by Karin Cook

by Karin Cook

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 We identify, select, gather, preserve, maintain, catalog and make accessible to the public, historical documents and significant memorabilia from the town.”


Worthington turns 250! A five-day celebration is in the works for Worthington’s sestercentennial, which falls on Saturday, June 30. Festivities begin Friday night, June 29, and continue through July 3. But the Kickoff Event is coming up shortly – on Friday, March 23, from 7 to 10pm at Town Hall – with previews of the celebrations, desserts, official bumper stickers and other merchandise for sale, and a silent auction. Visit the Worthington 250 website for more information.

During the festivities, the Historical Society will host an exhibit of Worthington house photographs, then and now, by Edward and Helen Pelletier, along with an 18th-century fashion show. See our events calendar for more details.


New blog post. The latest post at our blog, The Corners, tells the story of Worthington’s 1968 Bicentennial celebrations with copious photographs and paraphernalia. The festivities lasted no less than eight days, including an Anniversary Ball, a three-act play, a talent show, a beard contest, and a two-hour parade that drew more than 27 times the entire population of Worthington. 




We have a WHS Facebook group. Here is the link to join the group and share photos and memories.






Archives renovation nearing completion. Our much-needed archives renovation, begun last year, is almost complete. However, we still need a few more things: another archival cabinet, a bookshelf, a supplies cabinet, and a copying machine. To complete the project we will need approximately $1000. We welcome contributions of any size to help us reach our goal. For how to help, or to renew or begin your membership, visit our Membership and Donations page.


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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 kennedy.pat@worthingtonhistoricalsociety.org.





Recent blog posts. Recent additions to our blog, The Corners, include Florence Berry Bates and the Worthington Health Center,  Worthington and the Civil WarNight 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.