Worcester will surprise you—not only because it’s the second largest city in New England, after Boston. It was always known for its innovation in commerce, industry, education, and social thought! In 1776, the first reading if the Declaration of Independence was in front of Worcester City Hall. In 1908, the largest US employer of over 1200 women was the Royal Worcester Corset Factory. Anarchist Emma Goldman lived here and 1960s radical Abbie Hoffman was born in Worcester.