Worcester Women's History Project

Activities and Accomplishments

Major Accomplishments

  • Designed, installed, dedicated and held press conference for first plaque on the Women's History Heritage Trail, 340 Main Street, Brinley Hall, October, 1998. Site of First National Woman's Rights Convention, October, 1850
  • Mechanics Hall Portraits commissioned four artists to paint the portraits of Clara Barton, Abby Kelley Foster, Dorothea Dix, Lucy Stone. Portraits installed in Mechanics Hall, October, 25 1999, as part of the permanent collection
  • Designed, installed and dedicated a plaque for Tuckerman Hall, former site of the Worcester Women's Club and its' architect, Josephine Wright Chapman, for Women's History Heritage Trail, March 4, 2000
  • Hosted, Women 2000, a national three-day conference to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first National Woman's Rights Convention. Women 2000 examined historical and contemporary aspects of women's lives and produced an original play "Angels and Infidels" based on the 1850 convention. October 20-22, 2000
  • In-Progress-Women's History Heritage Trail for central Massachusetts


  • Increased Mailing list to 8,500
  • Increased individual Membership to over 950
  • Publish quarterly newsletter
  • Maintain web site of events, historical resources and accomplishments


  • Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce, WWHP recipient of the Commemorative Community Event Award, September 14, 200
  • Unitarian Universalist church of Worcester, WWHP recipient of the Beacon Award, October 15, 2000
  • Worcester Telegram & Gazette, WWHP recipient of Visions 2000 award in the category of cultural enrichment, January 22, 2001


  • Since 1997 WWHP has attended education conferences sponsored by Women's History and Social Studies Associations, the Massachusetts Teachers Association and other educational organizations throughout New England


  • From 1995 to the present WWHP has given over fifty talks on Worcester women's history to schools, senior centers, historical Societies, churches and associations throughout Worcester county

Web Site

  • Developed WWHP Website to publicize informational resources including primary source research materials related to the First National Woman's Rights Convention of 1850
  • Co-Sponsored second web site, The Women's History Workshop, with American Antiquarian Society, Alliance for Education, Assumption College. Held official launching and press conference for opening of site, March, 1999 at Assumption College

Web Reviews

  • Chronicle of Higher Education On-Line
  • Women's History Workshop web site was recognized in report to President Clinton on March 15th, 1998, by the Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History. http://www.assumption.edu/whw/


  • "Having Their Say" dramatization of the words of three centuries of Worcester women at the Worcester Historical Museum, March 12, 1996
  • Presented "Sojourner Truth" a one woman show at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, March 1996
  • "Reclaiming Our Heritage" Colloquium at American Antiquarian Society, August 16, 1996
  • "Native Daughter" public presentation on Worcester poet Elizabeth Bishop at Worcester Public Library, October, 23,1996
  • "Washed-Up Middle-aged Women" Underground Railway Theater, co-sponsored and presented at Quinsigamond Community College, March, 1997
  • "A Conversation with Susan B. Anthony and Eleanor Roosevelt" at Worcester Historical Museum, September, 1997
  • "On the Road to 2000" commemorating the anniversary date of the First National Woman's Rights Convention , October 23, 1997
  • Hosted "Women's History 101" at Worcester Public Library, two films and John McClymer of Assumption College discussed new book "This High and Holy Moment: The First National Woman's Rights Convention, Worcester, 1850"in honor of Women's History Month, March 1999
  • Hosted "Dinner With the Dead Ladies: Reviving Women's History in the Classroom" March, 1998. Compiled educational binder of women's history resources for schools
  • Hosted "Dessert With the Dead Ladies" at Mechanics Hall, dramatization of women who attended 1850 Convention, followed by dessert buffet, October, 1998
  • Published Women's History Month Calendar in March 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Installed "Celebrate Women" month long exhibit at Worcester Public Library each March 1997-2001 emphasizing the history of women in Worcester County and the WWHP
  • Hosted Tea@Tatnuck, October 3, 1999 with the Post Show Road Chorus at Tatnuck Bookseller and Sons.
  • "Women's Voices," a collaboration of the Worcester Women's History Project with the Master Singers of Worcester and Preservation Worcester; music program of choral compositions by women and lecture on Tuckerman Hall's female architect, Josephine Wright Chapman, March 4, 2000.
  • "Newspapers in Education" a collaboration with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette; featured profiles of fifteen notable Worcester county women from Women's History Heritage Trail along with curriculum guides March, 2000
  • "Reclaiming Our Heritage: Worcester Women's History, 1850," exhibit opening and press conference June 19, 2000. Exhibit sites YWCA-June-July, August-September 26, 2000;Tatnuck Bookseller-July-August, 2000; Worcester City Hall-September 26-27; Doherty Memorial High School September 27-October 5; Unitarian Universalist Church October 5-19; Mechanics Hall, October 19-22
  • "Reclaiming Our Heritage: Worcester Women's History, 1850," exhibit opening July 4, 2001, Women's Rights National Historic Park, Seneca Falls, New York.
  • Presented "The Rich Sisters of Worcester" costumed interpretation of nineteenth-century African American family at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, March, 2001.
  • Hosted lecture by Dr. Johnnetta Cole at the College of the Holy Cross and Worcester State College "Difficult Dialogues: Toward More Inclusive Movements for Race & Gender Equality." October 30, 2001

Revised: September 2001

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