Third Grade All America City Program

Sponsored by The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation and Unum Group

The All America City Program is Preservation Worcester’s premier education program.  Designed to fit the Massachusetts third grade curriculum requirements for History and Social Science, the program uses the city’s architecture as a key to unlock students’ understanding of Worcester history.  Enriching everyday history and social science classes with site-based learning, the program includes an initial, illustrated classroom presentation followed by a field trip.  On the trip students experience Worcester’s architecture and built environment “first hand” and compare a tall glass skyscraper and grand turn-of-the-20th century buildings with what they have learned about the city’s growth over time.  Their visit to City Hall includes a role-playing session in the City Council Chamber, providing them with hands-on experience in the operation of city government.
The field trip includes:

  • Viewing the city from atop the Telegram & Gazette offices on Front Street.
  • Finding the Bronze Star Monument in front of City Hall and hearing about Isaiah Thomas and the Massachusetts Spy
  • Touring City Hall, Worcester’s “Palace for the People”
  • Visiting the City Council Chamber in City Hall and participating in a mock City Council meeting
  • Seeing the 18th century burial ground and monuments on Worcester Common
  • Touring Union Station’s Great Hall and viewing the railroad tracks

Based on the themes of transportation, industrialization and immigration, the All America City program captures the children’s imagination and provides them with an understanding of the leading role Worcester has played in the history of the Commonwealth.  While focusing on local history and architecture, the program also teaches concepts and skills in geography, civics, government, and economics.   It encourages children to take ownership of the history of their city and to develop pride in their own roles in the community.  Knowledge gained through this experience is aimed at creating informed and involved future citizens of the city, the Commonwealth and the nation.

By gaining an appreciation of Worcester’s history and architecture, students develop a strong sense of pride in their city.  The program nurtures young citizens who experience the civic process, who understand Worcester’s role in history, who appreciate the city’s architecture and historic monuments, and who enthusiastically share that information with their families, neighbors, and friends.

For more information, call 508-754-8760 or write us at info@preservationworcester.org