Worcester History

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The City of Worcester has a long and rich history of important people, places and events. The Office of the City Clerk is the keeper of many significant historical records, memorabilia and information that is vital to Worcester’s heritage.

Worcester named after Worcester, England was first established as a town in 1722 and later became a city in 1848. During the past three centuries Worcester has evolved from its modest, but instrumental revolutionary beginnings to a major manufacturing center to its current concentration of world-class colleges and universities, medical facilities and teaching hospitals.

Worcester's history boasts many firsts, inventions and innovations as well as visits from American presidents and significant historical figures.

For more information about Worcester’s history we encourage you to visit the Worcester Historical Museum in person or online.

Worcester Historical Museum Website

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City Clerk
City Hall Room 206
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

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Phone: 508-799-1121
Fax: 508-799-1194
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Office Hours:
Monday
8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday
8:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

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7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
508-929-1300
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