Did you know?
- When WPI was founded in 1865, Worcester was a bustling manufacturing center known for producing textiles, wire products, and other goods.
- The iconic “smiley face” was created in Worcester by native graphic artist Harvey Ball in 1963.
- Frederick Law Olmstead, the famed architect of Boston’s Emerald Necklace and Central Park in New York City, designed Worcester’s Elm Park, which many consider to be America’s first public park.
- The ballpoint pen, candlepin bowling, and Shredded Wheat were developed in Worcester.