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A True Community Museumnew

Over the past six months, the Fitchburg Art Museum (FAM) has, under the behest of recently appointed director Nick Capasso, begun working toward completely introducing the Spanish language into the museum and its contents, with the intent to become New England’s first fully bilingual art museum. This Bilingual Museum Initiative includes the implementation of Spanish signage, exhibition information, and even the employment of a bilingual receptionist.
Worcester Magazine  |  Chelsey Pan  |  09-02-2014  |  Art

Celebrating a piece of American historynew

This year, the Worcester Organ celebrates its 150 anniversary since its first installation at Mechanics Hall. In celebration of this event, 2014 has been dubbed the Year of the Organ, with several organ concerts being held throughout the year in conjunction with the organ’s $85,000 refurbishment in 2013. The Worcester Organ, also known as the Hook Organ, was first installed in 1864 by brothers Elias and George Hook, who arrived in Boston shortly before being hired. It is a 52-stop, 3,504-pipe tracker organ, meaning that the keys and valves are connected mechanically, rather than electrically, similar to how a manual typewriter’s keys are linked. The organ is notable for being the largest and oldest four-keyboard tracker organ in the Western Hemisphere that still remains at its installation site.
Worcester Magazine  |  Chelsey Pan  |  05-15-2014  |  History

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