Certain Tuesdays and Sundays in October and November

Around the Common Talks Series

The series of Around the Common illustrated talks focuses on everything from the early days of Worcester Common to 1950’s shopping on Main and Front streets. These talks reveal many more interesting facts about downtown history and architecture than could be squeezed into the self-guided tour’s recorded two-minute audio bites. Don’t miss this chance to see great historic photographs of the area and to learn more about Worcester’s fascinating history and architecture.

All talks will be held in the Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library.

Free and open to the public



Tuesday, October 7th, 5:30 pm

The Heart of the City:
Worcester Common and City Hall

          Marilyn Polito, Preservation Worcester Docent



Tuesday, October 14th, 5:30 pm

Archeology on the Common:
The Old Burying Ground

                            William Wallace

        Executive Director, Worcester Historical Museum



Tuesday, October 28th, 5:30 pm

From First to Last:
The Making of Franklin Street at the Common

   Don Chamberlayne, Preservation Worcester Docent



Sunday, November 2nd, 2:30 pm

First There Was a Meeting House:
Churches Around the Common

      Cindy Shenette, Preservation Worcester Docent



Sunday, November 9th, 2:30 pm

Shopping Around the Common:
Main and Front Streets

                    Chris Sawyer, Author

Denholm's: The Story of Worcester's
      Premier Department Store



Tuesday, November 18th, 5:30 pm

Spiffing Up the Downtown:
1960's Urban Renewal
Around Worcester Common

                Joy Hennig, Local History Librarian

                  Worcester Public Library

Saturday, October 25th

Around the Common Live Walking Tour

10:00 am

Meet at the corner of Salem and Franklin Streets near Worcester Public Library

Tours are free for Preservation Worcester members, $5.00 for non-members

You may have taken Preservation Worcester's Around the Common self-guided walking tour on your own, but these interactive "live" walking tours offer the advantages of a tour guide and the chance to ask questions and to see and learn more.

This “live” walking tour offers the advantage of an
“in the flesh” tour guide and the chance to ask questions as you see and learn more about the Common and the heart of the city.  

Reservations are suggested, but not required.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Vision, Practice and Legacy: Edward Winslow Lincoln and the Worcester Park System

2:00 pm

A talk by Jock Herron

followed by a reception

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505

Free to Preservation Worcester members or with admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden

This talk is part of the Lost Garden Series, Lost Gardens of Worcester County Project, which is sponsored by the Worcester Garden Club, Preservation Worcester and Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Preservation Worcester members who are not Tower Hill Botanic Garden members, must pre-register by
5:00 PM Friday, November 14th with Preservation Worcester to take advantage of free admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  Please call the office at 508-754-8760 to register or email us at info@preservationworcester.org.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Save the Date... Preservation Worcester will be holding its annual Holiday Stroll on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from Noon to 5:00PM with a cocktail reception to follow.  This event is a season favorite and plans are already underway to make it better than ever.

** Information is subject to change without notice.