News and Events

December 2014

Undergraduates Doing History:Integrating Oral History Projects into Humanities Courses
Wednesday, 12/3/2014 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - Free of charge
The Worcester Women's Oral History Project will present Dr. Carl Keyes of Assumption College who will discuss the value that undergraduate students in humanities courses derive from conducting oral history interviews, and also from the preparation of transcriptions and other documents for deposit in an archive. Dr. Keyes' presentation will focus on how he has integrated oral history projects into History courses, and will also include examples drawing from other disciplines, including Spanish and Women's Studies. The permanent repository for the 300 oral histories collected by WWOHP is the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University.
For more information, e-mail or call 508-829-6968.

"Which Ancestor Would You Most Like to Meet?"
Saturday, 12/6/2014 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church-Worcester, 41 Whitmarsh Avenue, Worcester, MA - Free for Members -and- $3.00 for Non-members
The December meeting will be held on the first SATURDAY morning in December. For directions, you can go onto: If you wish, you can arrive from 9:30am to attend an earlier ½ hour of socialization time.

The day will begin with a short meeting followed by the Which Ancestor Would You Most Like to Meet? discussion by any meeting attendees who would like to contribute to the discussion. Any materials which would help to explain your decision would be welcomed to be shared with the group.

The meeting is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a friend(s), as well as your own non-alcoholic beverage, munchies will be provided. Anyone bringing goodies to share will receive an extra door prize ticket. Yearly membership is only $25.00 for an individual and $30.00 for a family living in the same household.

Questions? Contact: Nancy Schultzberg, Publicity Chairperson, at 774-573-9529. For more information about the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, visit our website: -or-
Sponsored by: Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc
For more information, e-mail

Craftershock 2014 - Worcester's Premiere Alternative Craft Fair!
Saturday, 12/6/2014 11:00 AM-5:00 AM
Worcester Roller Derby, 34 Suffolk Street, Worcester, MA - FREE!
Worcester Roller Derby's 4th annual HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!
This "alternative craft fair" is host to 80+ local artists and crafters!

Start your holiday shopping here. You're sure to find something for that special someone who already has everything.

Homemade, Unique, and Awesome Jewelry, Fine Art & Photography, Vintage goods, Home Décor, Handbags, Bath & Body, and MORE!

WoRD is a proud vendor with the WOO Card Program. Stop by the Cultural Coalition table and swipe your card for double the WOO Points!

Relax in our lounge area, purchase a baked good and some coffee and check out our merchandise. Dont forget to buy a raffle ticket for our gift basket worth over $250 in prizes. WOO Card holders and clothing drive donators will receive a free entry.


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Master Singers of Worcester
Sunday, 12/7/2014 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester, MA - $25; $20 for seniors, students & WOO card
The Master Singers of Worcester presents "Myriad Colors". This concert showcases music which celebrates color in both sound and text, including the Worcester premiere of "Mass in Blue", by the English composer Will Todd. The WPI Jazz Band, directed by Rich Falco, and soprano Monica Hatch, join the Master Singers for this innovative new work. With pianist Olga Rogach, the chorus also presents "colorful" works by Casals, Ellington, Sondheim, Walker and Stroope.
Sponsored by: WICN
For more information, e-mail or call 508-842-1349.

A Mantle of Roses: A Woman's Journey Home to Peace
Saturday, 12/13/2014 6:00 AM-1:00 AM
Barnes & Noble Booksellers - MA/Worcester, 541 D Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA
Join Virginia Swain as she shares insights from her story of personal growth and adventure, A Mantle of Roses: A Womans Journey Home to Peace. Ms. Swain will discuss her journey away from an extreme period of crisis to a path of teaching reconciliation and leadership processes.
Her discussion will help leaders of all levels:

Tap their internal strengths to better promote peaceful resolutions to conflict of all kinds;
Resolve feuds from families to community, national and global challenges;
Become professional peacemakers; and
Connect personal peace to global peace.

Come and hear how the hope, love and compassion that Ms. Swain found led her to pursue a life dedicated to the cause of humanity and to promote peace and non-violence. In the introduction of her book, Ms. Swain expresses, I am an ordinary woman with extraordinary experiences. My story begins when I felt a prompting I couldnt ignore. Because I have a certainty of what I am being led to do with my life, I understand how I can make a difference in the world.

I am an ordinary woman with extraordinary experiences. My story begins in 1979 when I felt a leading I couldnt ignore. My prompting was a vocational call to wholeness, balance and peace.
During this process, I found my lifes work, marriage after many years alone, reconciliation with friends and family. Additionally, I found a perspective on what death is, and a sense of my own worth and contribution to society. This book is about hope that comes from having the power over my life that resulted in my own transformation.Because I have a certainty of what I am being led to do with my life, I understand now how I can make a difference in the world. As the first Reconciliation Leader I now teach others what I have learned.

Worcester-based, Virginia Swain, MA, CPHC, has 25 years of experience as manager, consultant, mediator, mentor and trainer in commercial and non-profit enterprises on four continents. As founder and director of the Institute for Global Leadership and as an instructor at the United Nations, Clark University and Quinsigamond Community College, Ms. Swain provides programs designed to empower people in their leadership and peacebuilding roles.

Sponsored by: Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 541 Lincoln Street, Worcester
For more information, e-mail

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