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Edwin B. Worthen Collection of Lexington Massachusetts

Updated: Sep 2, 2021

Photo of a scene from "The Eve of the Revolution," 1924. On verso: "A scene from 'The Eve of the Revolution,' one of the Yale University Press Chronicles of America Photoplays. The Minute Men of Lexington gather quickly as the drum sounds the alarm." The Edwin B. Worthen Collection, Cary Memorial Library.

The Edwin B. Worthen Collection documents life in Lexington, Massachusetts from its earliest settlement through the mid-20th century. The materials were collected by Edwin B. Worthen (1879-1956), his son Edwin B. Worthen, Jr. (1913-1976) and his daughter-in-law, Anita P. Worthen (1913-2008), and donated to Cary Memorial Library in 1976. The Worthens were avid collectors of, and enthusiastic participants in, all things Lexington. They lived during a period when the town was transformed from a relatively small community of 3,831 in 1900, to a vibrant suburb of 17,335 in 1950, peaking at over 31,000 in 1970.

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