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As in many communities, urban renewal, shopping malls, mega super stores, and the internet brought an end to an era, leading the way for the decline and disappearance of Haverhill’s downtown shopping district and the closure of F.W. Woolworth’s.
Historic New England partnered with the Buttonwoods Museum, Haverhill Community Media, and Haverhill Public Library, Special Collections, to preserve memories, stories, and images of Woolworth’s and other downtown shops now long gone in the film Woolworth’s: Remembering Haverhill’s Shopping District.
The film features oral-history interviews with past and current residents of Haverhill who shopped at the Woolworth five and dime and remember a vibrant shopping district in the center of town.