Events

Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Native Gardner Bruce Humphrey, who worked as an Economist for the US Government, for the Edison Electric Institute, for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and consulted corporations and government agencies, will give a presentation about The Greenwood Memorial Bathhouse and Pool 1915-1940. In 1914, Gardner was a vigorous manufacturing town. As Gardner grew and prospered, the physical and social infrastructure needs of the town had the attention of civic leaders. On April 14, 1914, Levi Greenwood offered to build a bath house and swimming pool for the town. After some debate, the residents accepted. Yet, there were challenges. Contagious diseases were common and swimming pool sanitation was not well understood. And experts felt that the bath house and pool envisioned by Greenwood was not economically feasible. Yet, we know that the Greenwood Memorial was built and that it enriched the life of the community. This is more than a story of a building. It is a story about community values. Reception 6:30 pm. Program 7-8 pm. Reservation required.
Friday, September 20, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Professor Julio Cap? is a transnational historian whose research and teaching interests include modern U.S. history, especially the United States's relationship to the Caribbean and Latin America. He addresses how gender and sexuality have historically intersected and coalesced with constructions of ethnicity, race, class, nation, age, and ability. This program includes 30 minutes for Q&A/community conversations.
  • Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street
  • Worcester, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: 508-753-8278
  • web: www.worcesterhistory.org
  • email: info@worcesterhistory.net
  • cost: Free with Museum admission ($5/adult; free for youth 18 years and under)
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Each year since 2014, the Human Rights Campaign has awarded Worcester a perfect score for being an LGBTQ+ inclusive city. This assessment is based largely on legal and employment protections, and Worcester should be proud of this ranking. In a community conversation moderated by Professor Stephanie Yuhl, we will explore what additional concrete initiatives Worcester civic leaders and community members might pursue to enhance the lives of LGBTQ+ residents. How might the needs, hopes, and aspirations of the city's LGBTQ+ community enhance Worcester's recently released 10-year Cultural Plan? Panelists include LGBTQ+ leaders from neighboring cities Providence and Boston, as well as Worcester City leadership. We expect lively audience engagement. This program includes 30 minutes for Q&A/community conversations.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Join us for a panel discussion program of recognized humanities scholars, organized around the presentation of My Name is Opukahaia, a one-person play written by Moses Goods that sets the story of Opukahaia into a narrative of Hawaiian agency. This story, historically used in New England by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to recruit missionaries and provide funding for the mission to the Sandwich Islands, is at its core, a Hawaiian story. As the first Hawaiian Christian, today he is the subject of an intense debate about his role in Hawaii's history.

Exhibits

Friday, April 26, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019
An exhibit that brings together the scattered documentation of Worcester County's LGBTQ+ experience in addition to a collection of oral histories to tell the story of the history of the LGBTQ+ community in Worcester.

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