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Trivia - Culture, Recreation & Education

  1. What was the original name of the Worcester Historical Museum?
  2. What famous baseball poem written by Worcester's own Earnest Thayer was a real hit?
  3. On what street was the first high school built: Walnut Street, Pleasant Street or School Street?
  4. Where can a woman find her knight in shining armor in Worcester?
  5. What were Worcester State College's two other names?
  6. For what is the pioneering intellectual George Washington Williams (who lived in Worcester beginning in 1887) known?
  7. Which Worcester Photographer is represented in the collections of at least 110 museums?
  8. Marshall "Major" Taylor won an award for bicycle racing. Why was this a famous first?
  9. What newspaper had the words, "Americans! Liberty or Death! - Join or Die!" on its masthead?
  10. What major sporting event brought people to Worcester Common in 1948?
  11. In the 1986 world Series there were two baseball players from the Worcester area. Who where they?
  12. Who founded the Worcester Art Museum?
  13. What two ethnic groups were identified with Millbury Street in the 1920's-40's?
  14. "Born" in 1928, this prominent entertainer was welcomed to Worcester by the mayor in the 1930's?
  15. Name two organizations located opposite each other on Park Avenue that celebrated their 175th anniversaries in 1987?
  16. Eli Thayer founded the Oread Institute, the second oldest college in the country for what group?
  17. Name two of the four aquatic creatures associated with public memorials in the city.
  18. Where in Worcester have Mark Twain, Randolph Churchill, Harry Truman and Teddy Roosevelt all been speakers?
  19. In 1865 the Civil War ended, Lincoln was assassinated, and a higher educational institution began. What institution?
  20. What sport was held consistently in Mechanics Hall from the time of the first World War until the late 1940's?
  21. What building, still standing, was first used a a grammar school, then as a high school and then as a residence?
  22. What college suffered such a devastating fire in 1852 that it did not graduate any students for the next three years?
  23. Name Worcester's first historic house museum.
  24. In the 1960's Mechanics Hall served as a rink for what activity?
  25. For whom was Clark University named?
  26. On what Worcester golf course was the 1924 U.S. Open Golf Tournament played?
  27. Before Shrewsbury Street was identified with Italians, its population came largely from which ethnic group?
  28. In 1880, Worcester "knocked 'em down and spun 'em around" for the first time when this regional pastime was invented.
  29. For whom is McGrath Elementary School named?
  30. What is the official name of East Park?

Answers:

  1. What was the original name of the Worcester Historical Museum?

    Worcester Society of Antiquity.

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  2. What famous baseball poem written by Worcester's own Earnest Thayer was a real hit?

    "Casey at the Bat."

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  3. On what street was the first high school built: Walnut Street, Pleasant Street or School Street?

    Walnut Street.

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  4. Where can a woman find her knight in shining armor in Worcester?

    Higgins Armory Museum.

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  5. What were Worcester State College's two other names?

    State Teacher's College at Worcester; State Normal School at Worcester.

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  6. For what is the pioneering intellectual George Washington Williams (who lived in Worcester beginning in 1887) known?

    He wrote the "History of the Negro Race in America," the first history of blacks in America.

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  7. Which Worcester Photographer is represented in the collections of at least 110 museums?

    Daniel Farber, photographer of nature studies and gravestones.

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  8. Marshall "Major" Taylor won an award for bicycle racing. Why was this a famous first?

    First African-American to become a champion in a national or international sport.

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  9. What newspaper had the words, "Americans! Liberty or Death! - Join or Die!" on its masthead?

    Massachusetts Spy.

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  10. What major sporting event brought people to Worcester Common in 1948?

    The World Series, broadcast on television and sponsored by the Gillete company.

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  11. In the 1986 world Series there were two baseball players from the Worcester area. Who where they?

    Rich Gedman (Worcester), catcher for the Red Sox and Ron Darling (Millbury), pitcher for the N.Y. Mets.

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  12. Who founded the Worcester Art Museum?

    Stephen Salisbury III.

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  13. What two ethnic groups were identified with Millbury Street in the 1920's-40's?

    Lithuanian and Polish.

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  14. "Born" in 1928, this prominent entertainer was welcomed to Worcester by the mayor in the 1930's?

    Mickey Mouse.

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  15. Name two organizations located opposite each other on Park Avenue that celebrated their 175th anniversaries in 1987?

    American Antiquarian Society and First Baptist Church.

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  16. Eli Thayer founded the Oread Institute, the second oldest college in the country for what group?

    Women.

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  17. Name two of the four aquatic creatures associated with public memorials in the city.

    Turtle, dolphin, heron and fish.

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  18. Where in Worcester have Mark Twain, Randolph Churchill, Harry Truman and Teddy Roosevelt all been speakers?

    Mechanics Hall.

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  19. In 1865 the Civil War ended, Lincoln was assassinated, and a higher educational institution began. What institution?

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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  20. What sport was held consistently in Mechanics Hall from the time of the first World War until the late 1940's?

    Boxing.

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  21. What building, still standing, was first used a a grammar school, then as a high school and then as a residence?

    North High Gardens.

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  22. What college suffered such a devastating fire in 1852 that it did not graduate any students for the next three years?

    Holy Cross.

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  23. Name Worcester's first historic house museum.

    Salisbury Mansion.

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  24. In the 1960's Mechanics Hall served as a rink for what activity?

    Roller skating.

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  25. For whom was Clark University named?

    Jonas Clark, who in 1887 chose Worcester as the site of a research institution.

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  26. On what Worcester golf course was the 1924 U.S. Open Golf Tournament played?

    Worcester Country Club.

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  27. Before Shrewsbury Street was identified with Italians, its population came largely from which ethnic group?

    Irish.

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  28. In 1880, Worcester "knocked 'em down and spun 'em around" for the first time when this regional pastime was invented.

    Candlepin Bowling.

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  29. For whom is McGrath Elementary School named?

    Francis McGrath, former City Manager.

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  30. What is the official name of East Park?

    Cristoforo Colombo Park.

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