Gliding On Ice
Presented by Worcester Historical Museum
November 29, 2012 - February 9, 2013
“Half of Worcester had skates on yesterday.”
When a wave of enthusiasm for group sports swept America in the late 1850s, ice skating became instantly popular. It was the first recreational activity for both men and women promoted commercially and civically. The exhibition, Gliding On Ice, looks at the history of ice skating in Worcester from the skating parties of the Victorian era and the manufacturing of ice skates, to the opening of the Worcester Common Oval in the winter of 2012.