Thursday, June 30, 2016; Thursday, July 28, 2016; Thursday, August 25, 2016

City Hall: Worcester's "Palace for the People

Take a summertime tour with Preservation Worcester!

12:30 pm
City Hall
RSVP suggested (508-754-8760)
Free and open to the public

Discover City Hall and Worcester Common. Turn your mind back to 1898 when City Hall was just completed – a time when Worcester was a wealthy and prosperous industrial city expressing its pride in an unusually beautiful new home for city government. Find out what was the inspiration for the tower that soars above Main Street. See Worcester’s smallest monument. Enjoy the fine craftsmanship of the grand marble staircase, its elaborate cast iron railing, and its silver-leafed barrel vault overhead.

All tours begin at 12:30 pm in front of City Hall and last 45 minutes. The tour group will meet at the bronze star in the pavement in front of the main entrance. In case of rain, wait under the arch at the main entrance. There is no charge for this tour. Registration is requested but not required. First come, first served.

For reservations call 508-754-8760, email, or sign up at the Worcester Cultural Council table at Out to Lunch anytime before the tour you want to take.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Isaiah Thomas reenactor. Photo courtesy of Worcester Revolution1774

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Downtown Worcester and environs

In September 1774 thousands of Central Massachusetts militiamen put an end to British rule in rural Massachusetts.  Two years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the men and women of Worcester County fought and won their own revolution - without firing a shot!

The time to celebrate Worcester's role in American independence has come!  Join us for this free half-day festival commemorating this historical moment.  Found out more at (scroll down this page for event details).

Come and enjoy:

  • The Chains of Liberty, a professionally produced play by James David Moran that tells about Worcester's role in the Revolution.
  • Colonial crafts and music .
  • Kids' activities
  • Talk and book signing by Ray Raphael, American historian and author of sixteen books.
  • Historical reenactments, tours, and discussions.
  • "Walking the Gauntlet" reenactment
  • Food and more!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Worcester: OFF LIMITS Location To Be Determined


5:30 - 7:00 pm

RSVP Required

PW members only

We have some suggestions about the third outing, but we'd like to hear suggestions from our members too.

So save the date and contact us (via email or Facebook( or talk to our staff and board members at other PW events this year with your ideas.

For more information and to make reservations, please call 508-754-8760.