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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.

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.

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, 978-598-5000
Sun: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, Sat: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a non-profit educational institution by Massachusetts industrialist, Gordon B. Lankton. The collection is the largest of its kind in North America, and the largest private collection outside of Russia. Spanning six centuries, it includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon writing to the present.

The Museum has several galleries displaying themed exhibitions from the permanent collection and rotating exhibits from venues worldwide. It also has a gift shop, Tea Room with Russian tea and snacks, and a state-of-the-art performance auditorium. The Museum offers a wide variety of classes, workshops, film series, lectures, concerts and performances and is available for group tours, school groups and private/corporate rentals.

For additional information about the museum, please visit the Museum website: http://www.museumofrussianicons.org/

Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jun 3, Rushnyky
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Jun 3, Rushnyky: Sacred Ukrainian Textiles
Sunday, Apr 29, Lecture and Weaving Demo with Rabbit Goody

Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566, 800-733-1830, 508-347-3362
Sun: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM, Mon, Tue: Closed, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9:30 AM-4:00 PM
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 "Make No Little Plans," an exhibit that introduces visitors to the founding and history of this special museum.

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 Wed-Sun in November 9:30 am - 4 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, Apr 28 - Sunday, Apr 29, Historical Craft Classes - 2018
Thursday, May 10, Speaker Series: Above & Beyond: JFK and the U-2 Pilots during the Cuban Missile Crisis with Michael Tougias
Saturday, Oct 27 - Sunday, Oct 28, Historical Craft Classes - 2018

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.

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.

Southeast Asian Coalition

484 Main St., Worcester, MA 01608, 508-791-4373

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.

Saturday, May 5, Quilting Demonstration
Saturday, May 5, Quilting Demonstration with Leah Buescher
Saturday, May 12, Free Admission for Mothers and Grandmothers

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 JCC

633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-756-7109
Sun: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu: 5:15 AM-9:30 PM, Fri: 5:15 AM-7:00 PM, Sat: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM
Achieving your health and fitness goals has never been easier. Whether you have an established routine or are new to exercise, our qualified staff will help you to develop a training program with your long term health and wellness benefits in mind. Our small group training studio features 7 TRX suspension straps, heavy bag, speed bag, air bag, jump ropes. dumbells, battling ropes, tubes, plyo boxes, lateral slide trainer, mini trampoline.
Take the plunge into water fitness in our new renovated six-lane, 25 yard indoor pool! Set in a spectacular building with natural lighting, the pool is perfect for a leisurely swim or an effective workout using water - not your body weight - as resistance.
Swim laps during our scheduled lap times and your entire family can enjoy our open swim times.
Our instructors are Nationally Certified and stay abreast of changes in the fitness industry. The aerobics program at the JCC is constantly evolving as industry trends change.
Our exciting instructor-led group cycling class in the air-conditioned spin room allows individuals of all fitness levels to complete a cardiovascular routine successfully. Allow yourself to be led on an all terrain, strength training or endurance ride and benefit from this exciting 1 hour mind-body workout.

Tuesdays, Saturdays, Jul 15 - Dec 29, Karate Club
Tuesdays, Saturdays, Jul 15 - Dec 29, Intro to Japanese Karate
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Jul 18 - Dec 31, Pickleball at the Worcester JCC

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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