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 We identify, select, gather, preserve, maintain, catalog and make accessible to the public, historical documents and significant memorabilia from the town.”



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.






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.





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  1. Dale Hitchcock

    I’m not sure if this is the right place to post a general comment, but I noted that there is going to be a tribute to Guy Thrasher at an upcoming meeting. I worked for Huntley and Associates, a land surveying company in Northampton. Before any work was done in Worthington, a colorful character named Doc Eaton was sent out to do what was called “reconnaissance” getting the lay of the land. One of the first people Doc would talk to would always be Guy Thrasher.


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