Medicine and Politics in 18th-century Worthington: The Diaries of Dr. Elihu Ashley, 1773-1775. Sunday, July 21, 4:00pm, at the WHS building, 6 Williamsburg Rd., Worthington, across from the Corners Grocery. Free admission, donations encouraged. From 1773 to 1775, a young doctor’s apprentice named Elihu Ashley kept a fascinating journal documenting medical practices in Western Massachusetts, including Worthington, where he worked for some time. His diaries also delve into local intrigues and stirrings of the American Revolution. Barbara Mathews, Ph.D., Historic Deerfield’s Public Historian and director of academic programs, will give a 40-minute presentation on the illuminating Ashley diaries, followed by Q&A and complimentary treats. As an added bonus, Worthington native Ben Brown will exhibit some old medicine bottles exhumed from Worthington soil.
Frankie’ Bar Story-Share. Sunday, August 18, 3:00pm, at the WHS building, 6 Williamsburg Road, Worthington, across from the Corners Grocery. Free admission. Back in the 1950s and into the 1970s, Frankie’s Bar on Parish Road in West Worthington was a notorious after-work hangout. Come listen and share your stories of community and camaraderie with friends and neighbors.
Night of the Living Dead V. Saturday, September 7, at 7:00pm, Center Cemetery, Sam Hill Road, within half a mile west of Rte. 112. Free admission. In 2014 the longtime residents of Center Cemetery emerged from their graves to share their inextinguishable memories with the living. Other residents were envious and have waited five years for their moment in the spotlight.
Annual Meeting. Sunday, October 20, 6:30pm, at the WHS building, 6 Williamsburg Rd. across from the Corners Grocery. Free admission. Presentation TBD.