Thursday, March 12 - Sunday, April 12, 2015

Clocks by Judy Belben

Architectural Images - Photography Exhibit

Preservation Worcester presents a photography exhibit of Worcester architecture juried by James, Welu, Director Emeritus, Worcester Art Museum.

Birch Tree Bread Company
138 Green Street, Worcester, MA

Tuesday - Friday - 7am - 5pm
Saturday - 8am - 6pm
Sunday - 10am - 3pm

This program is administerd by the Worcester Arts Council for the Local Cultural Council - an agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.



Spring 2015 Talks

Preservation Worcester and Hillside Restoration Project present a two-part series of talks about Worcester Industrialist, Charles Hill Morgan by Allison Chisolm, author of The Inventive Life of Charles Hill Morgan: The Power of Improvement in Industry, Education and Civic Life. The first talk is Monday, March 30, 2015 and the second talk is Sunday, June 14, 2015. Both Talks are described below.

Lost Gardens of Worcester County (Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Worcester Garden Club and Preservation Worcester) presents the 3rd in the Lost Garden Lecture Series at Tower Hill Botanic Garden: Gardens Lost and Found: From Hadrian's Villa to Tower Hill.  This talk will be held on Sunday April 19, 2015.

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

   Gardens Lost and Found: From Hadrian's Villa to Tower Hill

                                                                    John Trexler, Director Emeritus of Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Unquestionably the most outstanding private estate of the classical era was Hadrian’s country retreat, 20 miles northeast of Rome.  The residence was a vast collection of garden courts mingled sensibly with buildings serving a variety of purposes. The property was maintained for a hundred years before falling into disrepair and eventually overwhelmed by forest vegetation. Rediscovered during the early Renaissance it became a model for elegant country living and continues to inspire us today. Nothing “modern” can compare to the scale and rich detail of the villa.

The lecture will begin with Hadrian’s Villa and move on to gardens built under the inspired genius of Hadrian’s preferred residence. All of the gardens had high points and periods decline, and in some cases complete ruin (Tower Hill being an exception). All have been rediscovered and restored to their original glory (Hadrian’s Villa being an exception).

Join us for an interesting afternoon of garden history, aesthetics, loss and renewal.

The lecture is free for Tower Hill, Worcester Garden Club and Preservation Worcester members and/or included with admission to THBG.

In order for Preservation Worcester members to have free admission to the lecture, reservations must be made by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17th.  Please email or call the office at 508-754-8760 to make reservations.

A reception with refreshments will follow the lecture in the Tower Hill Library.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Underground Ball

Ernest A. Johnson Tunnel
Lincoln Square, Worcester

Stay tuned for details for this exciting spring fundraising event! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 2:00 p.m.

Charles Hill Morgan at Hillside: Inventor and Gentleman Farmer

by Allison Chisolm

author of The Inventive Lift of Charles Hill Morgan: The Power of Improvement in Industry, Education and Civic Life

2:00 p.m.


221 Main Street, Boylston

Industrial magnate Charles Hill Morgan fulfilled a long-held dream when he purchased the Hillside estate in Boylston in 1905. After having founded Worcester’s Morgan Construction Company to manufacture steel rolling mills, and having spent his career as an inventor of mechanical equipment for the city’s metals industries, he could now build his herd of Jersey cows and test new farming techniques. Using the manor house at Hillside as the setting, Morgan’s biographer Allison Chisolm will share stories of how he spent his final years dividing his time between Worcester and Boylston. Refreshments will be served afterward.

Reservations are suggested but not required. For more information and to reserve, please contact Judy Haynes, phone: 508-869-6603, e-mail:

NOTE: The entrance to Hillside on Main Street is marked by signs for Boylston Town Offices and Municipal Complex. Enter the drive to the house at these signs.


Friday, August 14, 2015


Mark your calendars for Friday, August 14 and join us in Worcester for the 2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference! With the success of the 2013 conference in Lexington, the preservation community will once again convene to share ideas, network, discuss challenges and learn from each other and strengthen our collective efforts across the state.

As our planning process continues, we appreciate your thoughts and feedback on an relevant topics or issues to include in our conference program. Please send us an email and we thank you for your support.

We look forward to spending a great summer day in historic Worcester with you! Stay tuned for more detailed information in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you!

Preservation Massachusetts
Preservation Worcester
& The Massachusetts Preservation Coalition

About the Conference

The 2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference is organized by Preservation Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Preservation Coalition. The conference is generously hosted by the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Preservation Worcester.

** Information is subject to change without notice.