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ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

WHAT IS YOURS, BECOME OURS: WHAT OBJECT TELLS YOUR STORY OF WORCESTER?

We are surrounded by objects every day. They are familiar and material, but we often take for granted the power they exert to shape our sense of identity, place, and meaning. Our city, our history...Worcester in 50 Objects asks us to step back and ponder a collective expression of local history through a range of ordinary objects shared and described by a broad spectrum of city residents.  Taken together, this collective narration of our civic past is an occasion to acknowledge our connections and diversity, and to recognize our joint stake in Worcester yesterday, today, and moving forward.

From February to September of 2016, Worcester Historical Museum solicited objects, stories, and ideas from the community on what makes Worcester Worcester.  A panel of community volunteers drawn from across the city's neighborhoods, demographics, and generations, participated in the process to select the final 50 objects for display at the Museum. The community panel sought to capture an array of artifacts to reflect the multiple personal stories that together make Worcester our home.

We encourage you to join the conversation by suggesting an object that represents your Worcester story. (Hot link to SHARE YOUR STORY)

Stephanie Yuhl, Chair and Guest Curator, College of the Holy Cross

Community Panel:

Eric D. Batista, Office of the Worcester City Manager

Hafsa Dandia, Worcester Islamic Center and Worcester Public Schools

David DuBois, Worcester Sun

Mary Dwinell and Suzanne DeGeorge, Telegram & Gazette

Leslie D. Greis, Kinefac Corporation

Sam Kernary, Morgan Stanley

Melinda Marchand, Clark University

Esther Oluokum, South High Community School

Kevin O'Sullivan, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives

Annette A. Rafferty, Abby's House

Steve Rotman, Rotman's Furniture