Worthington Spotlight

Initiative invites visitors to see city’s historic spots

Beginning in April, the Worthington Partnership, Worthington Historical Society and Worthington Libraries will display throughout Worthington an outdoor gallery of historic photographs titled Picture Worthington: History Walk.

The limited engagement installation will explore the city’s history through 15 posters of enlarged photographs displayed on buildings along High Street in the historic district.

The photo posters depict Worthington’s streetscapes and buildings, highlighting bygone businesses, historic structures and important points in the city’s history.

Each of the 15 posters is positioned near the current or former structures depicted in the photographs, so observers get a sense of exactly where businesses or buildings stood or still stand.

Each image includes a brief description of the buildings and their inhabitants, as well as scannable QR codes allowing participants to learn more about the project and download the free Pocketsights app. A complete walking tour of all 15 destinations is available free on the app.

Highlights from the tour include:

The New England Masonic Lodge,

Snouffer Brothers’ Garage and Filling Station,

Sharon Township Fire Department,

The Worthington Feed & Transfer Co. and

An advertisement for Barber William “Bev” Scott – a prominent African American-owned business.

Photographs are drawn from the Worthington Libraries’ Worthington Memory web site (worthingtonmemory.org), many of which are held in the Historical Society collections.

As guests walk through town, they will be able to read about the history of each site and experience how Worthington has grown from a small village to a vibrant city throughout the past 200-plus years.

A public unveiling of the project will take place on Thursday, April 7, at 9 a.m. on the south patio of the Griswold Center, 777 High St.

Residents also can get more information, including a printable activity sheet for youngsters, by visiting the web site worthingtonhistory.org/pictureWorthington/.

The installation will remain in place through June.

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