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 We identify, select, gather, preserve, maintain, catalog and make accessible to the public, historical documents and significant memorabilia from the town.”
Documenting the pandemic. The Worthington Historical Society invites residents of Worthington to submit stories, journals, poetry, photographs, postings from social media and emails, drawings, etc. in any form that documents their COVID-19 pandemic experiences. Submissions will be archived in the historical record for the benefit of all those who wish to look back on how a New England town lived through this historic worldwide event. Materials can be submitted at any time, and sequential or multiple submissions are welcome. Materials will not be released for public review until 2025. The more voices, the truer the story. To submit materials, email contact WHS or mail to P. O. Box 12, Worthington, MA, 01098.
WORTHINGTON COVID-19 FOOD RELIEF FUND. The Town of Worthington has set up a food relief service, funded entirely by private donations, to help those struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals are provided for takeout by the Rabbit Hole restaurant here in town. Donations are channeled through the WHS Paypal account, as the Town is not set up to receive Paypal donations. To donate to this worthy cause, click here to visit the Town’s Food Relief site.
Donation of Russell H. Conwell materials. The family of John and Marion Sweeney has donated a massive, privately printed, three-volume biography of RHC along with one of his signature stamps and other materials. Other recent donations are listed on our membership and donations page.
2020 Membership Drive. 2019 was a busy year as usual for our all-volunteer board. We conducted oral history interviews, helped with genealogical inquiries, posted exhibits and essays online, and made our digital archive more accessible. In our building, wall panels were installed to improve acoustics, thanks to a grant from the AKC Club and volunteer installation by Dave Carpenter. Ben Brown led a backwoods ramble through the old training grounds for militias near the Cummington border. In August, we hosted a gathering to commemorate Frankie’s Bar, a Worthington icon from the 1950s into the ’70s. In September, for “Night of the Living Dead V,” we provided a soapbox for the resident ghosts of Center Cemetery on Sam Hill Road. And for our Annual Meeting in October, Barbara Mathews, PhD, Historic Deerfield’s public historian, gave a fascinating talk on “Medicine and Politics in 18th-century Worthington.” Please join our organization and support our core mission of preserving Worthington history at our membership and donations page.
Read recent posts in our WHS Journal online. In 2019, WHS Journal published five articles: “Ben Albert and Potato Farming in Worthington,” “Arthur Capen and the Worthington Library,” “Moses Sash: Black Worthingtonian of Shays’ Rebellion,” “Postcards from Worthington Center,” and “Afternoon of the Living Dead,” a dispatch of ghost activity in Benjamin Graveyard.
WHS Facebook group! Here is the link to join the group and share photos and memories.
Free tickets to Historic Deerfield. Courtesy of WHS, the Worthington Library loans out two sets of four free tickets to Historic Deerfield, the renowned colonial village museum dedicated to the history of the Connecticut River Valley.
DVD 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 email@example.com.