an illustrated talk by Marilyn Polito

Take a multimedia tour of Worcester theatres during the heyday of the palace theatre phenomenon of the last century.  Explore Worcester’s movie theatre history and architecture – and have all the fun of a Matinee at the Movies.  Share memories of your own Movie Palace Days in Worcester.

Members – Free

Non-Members – $5 (tickets available at the door)

Snow Date – March 21, 2019 

an illustrated talk by Stuart Sadick

Explore the history, architecture, provocative, and influential past of one of Worcester’s grandest homes. Knollwood was built as the 20 room private residence of Worcester industrialist Lyman Gordon (1861-1914), a founder of the Wyman Gordon Company, manufacturers of drop forgings. Designed by an outstanding Boston architectural firm, its imposing design was inspired by French manor houses of the 17th and 18th centuries. The property took the name “Knollwood” after its purchase in 1917 by prominent Worcester industrialist, Lucius J. Knowles, president of Crompton & Knowles Loom Works. 

Members – Free

Non-Members – $5 (tickets available at the door)

Worcester’s Oread Institute an illustrated talk by Jan Parent

Picturesque Oread Castle once stood overlooking Main Street – where Castle Park is today. Learn about this long-vanished building, about one of the country’s earliest institutions of higher learning for women, and about its founder and headmaster, Eli Thayer, previously headmaster of Worcester Academy.

Snow Date – January 24th 5:30-6:30pm

Members – Free

Non-Members – $5 (tickets available at the door)