“National Woman’s Rights Convention of 1850.”
“Color Her Story”

SPEAKERS' BUREAU OFFERING:  Clara Barton (1821-1912), born in Oxford, Massachusetts, was a teacher, Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross.  A general program that focuses on her life and legacy is available as well as special programs that can focus more specifically on her Civil War work or the founding of the American Red Cross.  All programs are roughly one hour in length and include a PowerPoint slideshow.  Email

SPEAKERS' BUREAU OFFERING:  Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist and Thoroughly Modern Woman.  Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) defied the expectations of both her gender and class by not marrying and having children. Instead, she moved to Paris at age 22 and spent her entire life there painting into old age.  Her legacy is unique as she painted people as opposed to landscapes, which were the subjects of her French Impressionist colleagues.  She is especially remembered for her "Mother and Child" portraits.  Another very important part of Mary Cassatt's legacy was that she was instrumental in bringing Impressionism into America's major museum collections, which we still enjoy today.  Email

Newspaper in Education: “Notable Women of Worcester County”
To mark National Women's History Month, the Telegram & Gazette Newspaper in Education program in collaboration with the Worcester Women's History Project presented a series of portraits of notable women.


“Yours for Humanity—Abby”
Teacher resources and. a timeline paralleling national events during the life of Abby Kelley Foster will help audiences better understand America during the mid 19th century and Abby’s goals. Pre and post lessons are available in PDF format to help students better understand the issues raised by this play set in 1854. These include primary source documents and critical thinking activities with a Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks Menu for grades five through high school. The entire off-line curriculum packet is provided to each booking school or may be obtained from WWHP for $10.
“Angels & Infidels” Curriculum
Pre and post curricular materials designed to support this dramatic presentation of the first National Woman’s Rights Convention by Louisa Burns-Bisogno features related convention materials, an 1850 railway map, an 1851 map of Worcester’s Main Street, biographical information on several hard-to-find personalities who attended this historic event in 1850: Sarah H. Earle, Rev. John B. Forman, and Abby Hills Price, and lesson ideas for the portraits at Mechanics Hall.

Related Curricula

United States Trek: September 2000 - May 2001
Join our roving historians visiting historic sites and people across the US.
“Making the World Better” Curriculum
The centerpiece of the project is a new work of public art, permanently installed in the State House in October 1999, that honors six women who made significant contributions to public life in Massachusetts.

Activities & Exhibits

We’re still hanging around - Can you find us?
This on-going project encourages citizens to share information about women whose portraits are hanging in buildings around Worcester County.