Membership & donations

The Worthington Historical Society has a small endowment, but is mostly supported through memberships, financial donations, building rentals and sales of publications. We invite everyone to join and help us explore and preserve Worthington’s history.

We are a 501(3)(c), tax-exempt organization. All memberships and donations are fully tax-deductible.

Individual memberships are $20, family memberships are $35, and of course we welcome extra donations in any amount. All memberships and donations to WHS can be paid through the Paypal button below. If you prefer to mail in your contribution, please send a check made out to “Worthington Historical Society” to Worthington Historical Society / P. O. Box 12 / Worthington MA 01098. Please include a piece of paper indicating your name, mailing address, email address, and whether your donation is a new membership or renewal. You can also download our membership form for this purpose at this link. 

Memberships and Donations to WHS

Donating items

We welcome donations of letters, diaries, scrapbooks, postcards, photographs, paintings and drawings, needlework, furniture, household and farm items, clothing, business records, organizational records, and anything else with a clear connection to the history of Worthington or to people who have lived here. We can also scan and return to you any photographs or documents you wish to keep.  

The WHS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and gifts are tax-deductible. However, WHS does not provide appraisals. It is the donor’s responsibility to appraise any donated property for tax purposes.

If you wish to donate an item to the Historical Society, please contact any member of the Board of Directors. In 2006 the Board developed a collections policy that is available for downloading. If you would like to donate an item, please fill out the downloadable Donation Form.

Recent donations

Great thanks to all who have donated items to WHS. Some recent acquisitions are itemized or photographed below.

Thank you Christopher and Carol Powell for the recent donation of a historic Hampshire County map, an architectural and historical tour booklet from Worthington’s 1968 Bicentennial, Lois Ashe Brown’s 2000 Worthington Map from the Boston Globe, and several other newspaper articles of importance.

Surveyor’s level with “inclinometer” at the center as well as a sighting tube and compass. Donated by Arlene and Charles Cudworth in 2011.

Inclinometer from surveyor’s level, manufactured by Edward Helb of Railroad, PA, and patented in 1904. Donated by Arlene and Charles Cudworth in 2011.

Candle mold, masher/ricer, skimmer, and egg beater from Cudworth Farm. Donated by Arlene and Charles Cudworth in 2011.

Burr letter

Letter from the Burr Family Archives, loaned to the WHS by F. Andrus (Andy) Burr for scanning, cataloguing and study. WHS received a grant from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities for this project.


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