Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Mini-Arboretum on Massachusetts Avenue’s Center Island:
A Gift from John Nelson to His Neighbors and Friends


Meet at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Salisbury Street

Learn about the green focal point of Worcester’s Bancroft Heights neighborhood. A one-hour walking tour led by John Trexler, founding director of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, looks at the makeup of the island’s original plantings and the importance of tree diversity in the urban forest.

Come dressed for walking and for the weather of the day.

Reservations are suggested but not required.

For more information or to make reservations, call 508-754-8760 or email

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Bancroft Heights: Catching the Spirit of the Place

7:00 pm
Antiquarian Hall, American Antiquarian Society
Free and open to the public

(A collaborative presentation of the American Antiquarian Society, Preservation Worcester, and the Worcester Historical Museum)

Join us as we launch the newly published book, Living at the City’s Green Edge: Bancroft Heights, A Planned Neighborhood in Worcester, Massachusetts, by Preservation Worcester Education Director, Susan McDaniel Ceccacci. This book tells the story of the turn-of-the-20th century Massachusetts Avenue Historic District, how it developed, its architecture, and the influential families who have lived there over the past century. Those who first planted the seed for this lively neighborhood history and those who finally made it a reality tell what it took to put together this book.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Please Join us for our 4th Lost Gardens of Worcester County Lecture

Withdrawn from the Bustle of the World: Worcester's First Garden Cemetery

Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, Worcester
Free and open to the public

Presented by WIlliam D. Wallace, Executive Director, Worcester Historical Museum

Explore the early history of Rural Cemetery and the beginnings of the garden cemetery movement in Worcester as drawn from Eddward D. Bangs's inspirational Lyceum lecture of November 1837 and the never-published manuscript for a Rural Cemetery guidebook, ca. 1860, both in the collections of the Worcester Historical Museum.

Bill Wallace, Executive Director of Worcester Historical Museum, is also a co-founder of the Friends of Hope Cemetery and the current chairman of the City's Hope Commission.

This event is sponsored by Worcester Historical Museum, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Worcester Garden Club and Preservation Worcester.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Holiday Stroll

Join us for this year's Holiday Stroll as we tour beautifully decorated, gracious homes in the Massachusetts Avenue Local Historic District. Stay tuned for more details.

Noon to 5:00pm

Members $25
Non-members $30

Day of tour: $35

All ticket sales are final.

** Information is subject to change without notice.