Our core mission: 1) to promote interest in the history of Worthington, Massachusetts; 2) to gather, catalog, and preserve documents, artifacts, and digital media of significance to Worthington’s history; and 3) to make our archives accessible to the public.



Read recent posts in our WHS Journal online. WHS has just published eight interviews with town residents from 2018, recorded during the Worthington 250 celebrations, plus an article about Frankie’s Place in West Worthington and an exhibit of vintage postcards. Select from our long list of articles here.


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 (with attachments, if desired) to contact@worthingtonhistoricalsociety.org or mail to P. O. Box 12, Worthington, MA, 01098.


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.




Membership Drive. Despite the pandemic and the postponement of all events in our building, 2020 has been a busy year as  usual for our all-volunteer board. We helped with genealogical inquiries, posted exhibits and interviews online, digitized historical documents, and made our digital archive more accessible. Please join our organization and support our core mission of preserving Worthington history at our membership and donations page.



WHS Facebook group!  Our Facebook discussion group is bustling, with 392 members and counting. 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. 



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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 pkennedy@worthingtonhistoricalsociety.org.


6 thoughts on “Home

  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.

  2. Olivia Jacobs

    Three generations of my male (same last name) family resided in Worthington (between the 1750’s and the 1841). The last name is Brewster. The first names of all three heads of household is Jonathan. Without any additional information from the fantastic link https://archive.org/stream/brewstergenealog190801jone_djvu.txt, I am interested in finding out more about the families of these three gentlemen. Of the second Jonathan (died 2/16/1841) the source says that he ad his wife (Lois Marsh) are buried in Worthington.

    I am ‘doing ancestor worship’ with my mother and thought it would interest her to find ancestors she was not aware of. I will be staying in Easthampton between Sept 10 and 13 of this year. If you would be so kind as to let me know about the cemetery and resources in the library, etc, I would be very grateful. Thank you!

  3. Pat Kennedy

    Hi Olivia,
    I’m sure one of us could introduce you to your Brewster ancestors when you are in town.
    Please email below.
    Pat Kennedy

  4. Sharon McNutt

    I believe I am a descendant of Asa Burton/Thankful Kinne through Asa Burton II and Ebenezer Webber/Keziah Kinne through Eunice Webber. I cannot actually find proof that Asa Burton II and Eunice Webber were the children of these parents or any evidence of Eunice Webber. Another person connected them. It seems like those families were prominent in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. I thought someone might have insight.

    Thank you

  5. Ryan Buynicki

    hi , im looking for pictures of the old hrubiec estate house, my family bought this estate back in the late 1950’s my grandfather just passed an im looking through some old 8mm and 16 mm videos of the place, I know it was burnt down in 1980 by squatters. Im trying to find pics of the place when it was fully furnished and looked great.
    if anybody can help it would be greatly appreciated.

    Ryan Buynicki

  6. F. Andrus Burr

    I’ve just been having a lovely time going through many of the photos in the archives, particularly the ones related to my family, and I have a few minor additions and corrections.
    1. Photo 2007-003 can be dated 1919.
    2. Photo 2007-016 is indeed Franklin G. Burr, but he’s sitting on the lap of his father Franklin H. Burr.
    3. Photo 2007-029 I believe the man holding a coffee cup is Pete McEwen, and behind Olive Cole’s left shoulder is {I think} Herb Porter.
    4. Photo 2007-022 F. G. Burr with chicken, was taken behind the house at the corner of Sam Hill road and Huntington road.
    5. Photo 2007-027 Franklin H. Burr is of course, seated on a rake, not a plow.
    6. Photo 2007-039 , The lad driving the hearse is Roy Burr, one of the brothers of Franklin H. Burr and son of Clement Burr.
    7. Photo 2007-20 Young Franklin G. Burr is pulling the wagon in which Buster Lyman is sitting.
    8.Photo 2007-007 Grosvenor Hewitt is the one with a pipe in his mouth and F . H. Burr is on the right.
    All very minor and unimportant, but anyway, it was fun looking through the archives and I am eager to explore more.


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