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History & Heritage

African Community Education Program

24 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-799-3653
Sun: Closed, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM, Sat: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
ACE guides African refugee and immigrant youth as they transition into the Worcester community, helping them catch up to grade level in school and providing a culturally familiar place where they can make friends and acclimate to American society while celebrating their African heritage. ACE also provides outreach support to our students' families, helping them to access needed services, communicate with their children's schools, and meet basic needs.

American Antiquarian Society

185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634, 508-755-5221, 508-471-2131
Sun: Closed, Mon, Tue: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Wed: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: Closed
The American Antiquarian Society, founded in 1812, is the third oldest historical society in the United States and the first to be national in its purpose and the scope of its collections. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, AAS maintains a library of American history and culture in order to collect, preserve, and make available for study the printed and manuscript record of the United States through the year 1876. The library's collection of materials printed in what is now the United States from the establishment of a press in 1639 through 1820 is the best in the world, and its holdings of American printed materials dating from 1821 through 1876 are among the strongest anywhere. Tours are held Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, Nov 6, Sampling Urban Appetites By Cindy R. Lobel

Canal District Alliance

Worcester, MA 01604, 508-755-2036
The Blackstone Canal District extends from Union Station to the north to Brosnihan Square to the south; and between I-290 to the east and Green Street/Quinsigamond Avenue to the west. The location of the historic Blackstone Canal (1828-1848 -- still buried underneath Harding Street -- and the seat of most European immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, it is currently the city's most vibrant and fastest growing entertainmenta district.

Centro Las Americas

11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, MA 01608, 508-798-1900
The Institute of Latino Arts and Culture of Centro Las Americas began in 1992 with the purpose of establishing a multi-disciplinary program that would provide artistic development, promote Latin American art and culture awareness and appreciation, and organize public events to showcase our cultural experience.

Gene J. DeFeudis Italian American Cultural Center

28 Mulberry Street, Worcester, MA 01605, 508-791-6139
The Italian-American Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving the history, tradition, and culture of Italy. Various exhibitions and events and programs are sponsored throughout the year.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, through Nov 11, Italian Language Classes

Hillside Restoration Project

P.O. Box 454, Boylston, MA 01505, 508-869-2720

International Center of Worcester

138 Woodland Street, Worcester, MA 01610, 508-793-7626
Sun: Closed, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: Closed
ICW is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Citizen Diplomacy; encouraging mutual understanding and friendship between residents of Central Mass. and the international community; and developing professional training programs for international visitors. Open by appointment. Membership fees vary, see website.

Museum of Russian Icons

203 Union St., Clinton, MA 01510, 978-598-5000, 978-598-5000x17
Sun, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed: 11:00 AM-3:00 AM, Thu: 11:00 AM-7:00 PM, Fri: 11:00 AM-3:00 AM, Sat: 9:00 AM-3:00 AM
The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a non-profit educational institution by Massachusetts industrialist, Gordon B. Lankton. The collection includes more than 500 Russian icons, the largest collection of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. The collection spans six centuries, and includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon writing to the present.

The mission of the Museum of Russian Icons is to "enhance relations between Russia and the United States through the medium of art, especially Russian icons."

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jan 10, 2015, Russian Photography: Siberia Imagined and Reimagined
Fridays, Saturdays, Nov 7 - Nov 22, Ukrainian Snowflake Eggs Decorations
Saturday, Nov 15, Explore Siberia! Family Day

Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566, 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362
A visit to Old Sturbridge Village is a journey into the past during a very special period of our nation's history! In the years 1790-1840 a new nation took shape. In rural towns across New England, ordinary people worked to better their lives, build strong communities, apply new technologies, and define the meaning of democracy.

Year-round, you'll discover the allure of history with all five senses at one of America's finest museums. Expanded learning and hands-on opportunities for all ages are offered throughout the museum, which features a re-created rural 1830s New England town set on a historical landscape encompassing a Center Village, Mills Area, and Countryside.

The museum's new, indoor History Gateway, in the Visitor Center, includes "Kidstory" early learning gallery -- making connections with the Village for children and their families -- and "Icons of New England," a new interactive exhibit that introduces visitors to the history behind what makes New England the unique region that it is!

Also offered are "A Child's Life" in the Fitch House; meet the animals; children's dooryard, schoolyard, and indoor games; role-playing at the District School; as well as historical characters, walks, talks, and performances. Hands-on craft activities, artist- and craftsperson- in-residence programs, adult and multi-generational craft workshops, and spectacular seasonal events are planned throughout the year!

The Shops at Old Sturbridge Village (across from the Visitor Center) house an award-winning Museum Gift Shop, the New England Bookstore, and a Bake Shop. Village admission is not required for The Shops at OSV or the Herb Garden adjacent to the Gift Shop.

Open daily April to October 9:30 am - 5 pm. Open year round; Call for fall, winter, and spring hours. Village hours and admission rates change by season; visit our Web site or call 800-SEE-1830 to confirm.

Saturday, Nov 8, An Evening of Illumination
Tuesday, Nov 11, Veterans Day
Thursday, Nov 27 - Sunday, Nov 30, Thanksgiving Weekend

Preservation Worcester

10 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-754-8760
Sun: Closed, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: Closed
Preservation Worcester works to preserve the sites and structures that are significant to the culture, history, and architecture of the city and encourages excellence in design in the future. Walking tours and educational programs are available as well as resources for restoring historic properties.
Sunday, Dec 7, Preservation Worcester 2014 Holiday Stroll

Salisbury Mansion

40 Highland Street, Worcester, MA 01609-2704, 508-753-8278
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed: Closed, Thu: 1:00 PM-8:30 PM, Fri, Sat: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
The Salisbury Mansion was built in 1772 by Stephen Salisbury I and is recognized as a major historical resource. It is one of the few remaining 18th century buildings in Worcester and is one of the most documented houses in New England. The home has been restored to re-create the home life of the Salisbury Family in the 1830s.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec 31, 2015, Tours of Salisbury Mansion

St. Mary's Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church

535 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-756-1690
Sun: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, Mon: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Tue: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM, Wed: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Thu: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM, Fri: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Worcester Historical Museum

30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-753-8278
Sun, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
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. A few examples of WHMs holdings include correspondence of abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster, Blackstone Canal Company records, Civil War era diaries and letters, and artifacts related to Worcesters industrial past including early woodenware and ceramics, weaponry from the colonial era through World War II, paintings and sculptures, and a significant costume and textile collection.

WHM also owns and operates Salisbury Mansion, Worcesters only historic house museum. Built in 1772, it has been restored to its 1830s 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.

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

Find out what Worcester was like in centuries past in the library's reading room. The library is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. The Library and Museum are open until 8:30 PM, every 4th Thursday of the month.

Through Thursday, Dec 31, 2015, In Their Shirtsleeves
Through Thursday, Dec 31, 2015, Stories They Tell
Through Thursday, Dec 31, 2015, Alden Family Gallery

Worcester Inter-Tribal Indian Center

16 Greenwood Street, Worcester, MA 01607, 774-578-5385, 508-340-5717
Sun, Mon: Closed, Tue: 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: Closed

Worcester Jewish Community Center

633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-756-7109
Monday, Nov 17, JCC Author Series with Poet Judith Ferrara, Ph.D.

Worcester Women's History Project

30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-767-1852
The Worcester Women's History Project (WWHP) is a nonprofit all-volunteer educational organization dedicated to celebrating and documenting the contribution of women to the history, social fabric, and culture of Worcester and beyond.

Founded in 1994 to raise awareness of Worcester as the site of the first National Woman's Rights Convention in 1850, the WWHP promotes the research of local women's history, offers educational programming, and sponsors public events.

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