Professor Caroline Yang
Professor Caroline Yang (courtesy photo)

Library continues look at Chinese railroad workers in 1800s

LEOMINSTER — Join professor Caroline Yang as she presents "The Chinese Question in the Afterlife of Slavery" on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m., at Leominster Public Library, 30 West St.

Yang will explore the debates concerning Chinese workers in the United States that led to the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

The program is presented in conjunction with the "The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental," an exhibit organized by the Chinese Historical Society of America and the Chinese Railroad Workers Project at Stanford University.

The library is hosting the exhibit through July 10. For information, call the library at 978-534-7522.

Explore the Declaration of Independence

FITCHBURG — The Fitchburg Historical Society will join with Fitchburg Public Library and Fitchburg First Parish Church to celebrate the Declaration of Independence with a theater piece called "Declaring Independence — Then and Now," on Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m., at First Parish Church, 923 Main St.

In the play, six costumed re-enactors render the stirring words of the Declaration line by line, and a narrator sets the historic context for the struggle and the dramatic declaration.


At the founding of the United States, each Massachusetts community was required to read the Declaration of Independence to the public. First Parish Church was where the first public reading was held in Fitchburg; it was read in an earlier building that predated the present church, built in 1837.

There will be a chance afterward for the audience to discuss the challenges that this living document poses for us today. The conversation will be led by Fitchburg Public Library Director Sharon Bernard. For information, contact the Fitchburg Historical Society at 978-345-1157.

Local author Horgan speaks in Fitchburg

FITCHBURG — The community is invited to a talk with local author Gilda Horgan, followed by a book signing. Saturday, June 22, at 1 p.m., in Fitchburg Public Library's Garden Room, 610 Main St.

"Thirty Pieces" is Gilda Horgan's third novel, but the only one in print. Currently writing a fourth novel, she also has a children's book on Amazon that she wrote and illustrated about her autistic son, called, "Tyler's Magic Word Box."

Gilda has two fine-arts degrees. She is creative director for Olympus Surgical in Southboro, managing creative teams, writing, designing and illustrating. She lives in Fitchburg with her two children. When she's not writing, working or with her kids, she plays the harp, does yoga, kayaks and reads.

For information about this or other library programs, call 978-829-1780.

Hanover to host Miss Massachusetts prelim and pageant

WORCESTER — The Miss Massachusetts Preliminary Competition and Miss Massachusetts Pageant return to The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m., at 2 Southbridge St.

Enjoy the preliminary competition for the Miss America Organization, the largest scholarship foundation in the world for women. The top Miss Massachusetts competitors participate in talent, evening wear and onstage interview events. The events culminate with 2018 Miss Massachusetts, Gabriela Taveras, crowning her successor.

Tickets, on sale now, to the Miss Massachusetts 2019 Preliminary Competition are $35; tickets to the pageant 2019 are $50. Reservations are available online at TheHanover, by phone at 877-571-7469 or at the box office.