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
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.
Monday March 30, 2015 , 5:30 p.m.
Innovation in 19th Century Worcester:
How Charles Hill Morgan Transformed Industry and Education
by Allison Chisolm
20 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Charles Hill Morgan was superintendent of Washburn & Moen Wire Works for twenty-three years and in 1888, founded his own business, Morgan Construction Company, to manufacture steel rolling mills in Worcester. Morgan played an important role in the early history of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and in laying the groundwork for the establishment of Worcester Boys’ Trade High School (now known as Worcester Technical High School). The talk will be presented in the 1910 high school building that has recently been adapted to use as Voke Lofts Apartments.
RSVP requested but not required. For more information and to reserve, you may email Preservation Worcester at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 508-754-8760.
Parking is available at the Worcester Mission Society’s lot on Grove Street opposite Institute Road (at the rear of the former Boys’ Club at Lincoln Square). NOTE: The main entrance to the building faces Gateway Park. A rear entrance is also available off the Voke Lofts parking lot.
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 email@example.com 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
Glow Ball... illuminating the past, present and future
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
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.
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.
& 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.