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 We identify, select, gather, preserve, maintain, catalog and make accessible to the public, historical documents and significant memorabilia from the town.”




Seeking new board member. The WHS bylaws call for a nine-member Board of Directors, but we currently have only eight. If you are interested in this vacant position, or know a good candidate, please contact us at contact@worthingtonhistoricalsociety.com.



 2019 Membership Drive. 2018 was a busy year as usual for our all-volunteer board. For the Worthington 250 parade, we devised a “traditional workshop” float with potter Mark Shapiro, weaver Lisa Westervelt, and chair maker Ben Brown practicing their crafts in live motion. Our exhibits included photographs of Worthington houses “then and now” by Ed and Helen Pelletier and a behind-the-scenes look at Worthington’s 1968 “Bicentennial Queen” competition. We forged ahead with our oral history project and responded to genealogical inquiries. Our website posted new exhibits and essays, and our ever-expanding digital archive has become easier to search online. For future events, a piano and free-standing exhibit panels were donated. In September, for “Afternoon of the Living Dead,” we arranged a casual get-together with the resident ghosts of Benjamin Cemetery. And for our Annual Meeting in October, we shared (and recorded) memories of a remarkable Worthington personality, Guy Thrasher (1900-1985). Please join our organization and support our core mission of preserving Worthington history at our membership and donations page.


Recent blog posts from the graveyard. In Night of the Living Dead III at Ringville Cemetery, the resident wraiths of a Worthington cemetery greet visitors in a chatty humor. In another post, Dramatis Personae at the Kinne Brook Cemetery, George Bresnick explores a dramatic letter recounting a graveyard confrontation in 1866.




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. 



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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 kennedy.pat@worthingtonhistoricalsociety.org.


3 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


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