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 firstname.lastname@example.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 was 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 We helped with genealogical inquiries, posted exhibits and interviews online, digitized historical documents, and made our digital archive more accessible.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.
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.