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Trivia - History

  1. In the 1800's, when Samuel Green was librarian at the Worcester Public Library, how many days a year was it open?
  2. When did the Freedom Train visit Worcester?
  3. How many Worcester residents died in the 1953 tornado: 5, 7, or 57?
  4. The name "Worcester" was given to the area in what year: 1670, 1684, or 1701?
  5. Though not now a grammar school, what is the oldest public school building still standing?
  6. What was the original name of 50 Franklin Street?
  7. In 1695 Samuel Lenorson went to catch fish in Lake Quinsigamond and got himself caught. What happened?
  8. The present Worcester City Hall building was dedicated in what year - 1801, 1867, or 1898?
  9. In 1891 a major change in Worcester's public transportation system occurred. What was it?
  10. Today the big action is at the DCU Center. Where was it in Worcester in the 1880's?
  11. In what year did Worcester become a city - in 1787, 1812 or 1848?
  12. What was the leading occupation of early residents?
  13. What was the original name of Worcester?
  14. In 1966, Vice President Hubert Humphrey came to Worcester to do some digging and some dedicating for what purpose?
  15. In 1920, a freshman at Clark University paid $1.50 to $2.00 for what?
  16. In what year did Worcester celebrate its centennial?
  17. Where was the Declaration of Independence read in Worcester?
  18. Although as a woman she was unable to vote, Ann B. Earle won what Worcester election in 1869?
  19. The Lady Carrington was the first boat on what waterway?
  20. What brook was the source of all manufacturing power in Worcester's early history?
  21. In 1674, what was bought from the Pakachoag and Tatassit Indians for 2 coats, 4 yards of cloth and some silver?
  22. What did presidential nominee Zachary Taylor own that made Charles Allen walk out of the 1848 Whig convention?
  23. What was the name of Abby Kelley Foster's home?
  24. The Wheaton Square Memorial commemorates what war?
  25. Name one of three towns in Worcester county that was incorporated before Worcester?
  26. What did the Quork Walker case, heard in Worcester County Courthouse, accomplish?
  27. In 1976, 2000 people gathered at State Mutual to form a "live birthday card." What event were they commemorating?
  28. Name the Indian tribe that settled on Pakachoag Hill?
  29. Captain Timothy Bigelow led what group to the Battle of Bunker Hill?
  30. What color were Worcester trolley cars painted - orange, red, or "bright purple the color of annoyed pedestrians?"

Answers:

  1. In the 1800's, when Samuel Green was librarian at the Worcester Public Library, how many days a year was it open?

    Three-hundred sixty five.

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  2. When did the Freedom Train visit Worcester?

    1976, the Bicentennial year.

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  3. How many Worcester residents died in the 1953 tornado: 5, 7, or 57?

    Fifty-seven.

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  4. The name "Worcester" was given to the area in what year: 1670, 1684, or 1701?

    1684.

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  5. Though not now a grammar school, what is the oldest public school building still standing?

    Oxford Street School.

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  6. What was the original name of 50 Franklin Street?

    The Bancroft Hotel.

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  7. In 1695 Samuel Lenorson went to catch fish in Lake Quinsigamond and got himself caught. What happened?

    He was taken prisoner by the Indians and disappeared for two years.

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  8. The present Worcester City Hall building was dedicated in what year - 1801, 1867, or 1898?

    1898.

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  9. In 1891 a major change in Worcester's public transportation system occurred. What was it?

    Trolleys were electrified.

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  10. Today the big action is at the DCU Center. Where was it in Worcester in the 1880's?

    The Rink, or Bigelow's Garden (located between Mechanics and Foster Streets).

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  11. In what year did Worcester become a city - in 1787, 1812 or 1848?

    1848.

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  12. What was the leading occupation of early residents?

    Farming.

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  13. What was the original name of Worcester?

    Quinsigamond Plantation.

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  14. In 1966, Vice President Hubert Humphrey came to Worcester to do some digging and some dedicating for what purpose?

    To dedicate a time capsule.

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  15. In 1920, a freshman at Clark University paid $1.50 to $2.00 for what?

    A week's room rental.

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  16. In what year did Worcester celebrate its centennial?

    1948, the anniversary of its becomming a city.

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  17. Where was the Declaration of Independence read in Worcester?

    Old South Church, the site of the present City Hall.

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  18. Although as a woman she was unable to vote, Ann B. Earle won what Worcester election in 1869?

    Worcester School Committee.

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  19. The Lady Carrington was the first boat on what waterway?

    The Blackstone Canal.

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  20. What brook was the source of all manufacturing power in Worcester's early history?

    Millbrook.

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  21. In 1674, what was bought from the Pakachoag and Tatassit Indians for 2 coats, 4 yards of cloth and some silver?

    Eight square miles of land, later to be the City of Worcester.

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  22. What did presidential nominee Zachary Taylor own that made Charles Allen walk out of the 1848 Whig convention?

    A slave.

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  23. What was the name of Abby Kelley Foster's home?

    Liberty Farm (station on the underground railroad).

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  24. The Wheaton Square Memorial commemorates what war?

    The Spanish-American War.

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  25. Name one of three towns in Worcester county that was incorporated before Worcester?

    Lancaster, Mendon or Brookfield.

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  26. What did the Quork Walker case, heard in Worcester County Courthouse, accomplish?

    It ended slavery in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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  27. In 1976, 2000 people gathered at State Mutual to form a "live birthday card." What event were they commemorating?

    The nation's Bicentennial.

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  28. Name the Indian tribe that settled on Pakachoag Hill?

    Nipmuc.

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  29. Captain Timothy Bigelow led what group to the Battle of Bunker Hill?

    The Worcester Minute Men.

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  30. What color were Worcester trolley cars painted - orange, red, or "bright purple the color of annoyed pedestrians?"

    Orange.

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