Signs and Symbols: Colonial and Federal Headstones in Wenham Cemetery

In cultures that use memorial markers for their dead, the artistic motifs on those markers reflect their cultural values and artistic tastes. The markers created by Puritan colonists in New England reflected their strict, fundamentalist Christian beliefs. After the American Revolution headstones became more hopeful, and motifs expressing sorrow at death, but expectations of a peaceful and joyful afterlife, are most prevalent.

Beginners Paddle: Event is Fully Booked!

Join us for a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly paddle from our headquarters at Riverbend, right on the river in Ipswich. It is perfect for all ages and levels of paddling experience. You will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling skills, from the proper way to hold a kayak paddle to different ways to steer your canoe. You will enjoy a leisurely evening paddle down the river and experience the beauty of the river’s wildness and maybe even see some of our resident wildlife, from beavers to turtles to the many birds who call the river home.

Riverbend Open House

The Riverbend Open House will include games and activities for children and family geared towards teaching them about water use, the watershed, and the river. Guest will be able to explore the trails and gardens on the Riverbend property and participate in short paddles departing from the Riverbend dock. While guest may choose to bring their own kayaks/canoes/paddleboards they are invited to use the organization’s canoes and kayaks. Attendees should dress for being out of doors, bringing sunblock, water bottles and hats.

Narrated Sightseeing Cruise

Join us for a 90-minute narrated sightseeing tour that winds down the beautiful Essex River aboard the Essex River Queen, a pontoon boat. Notice the abundant wildlife and changing landscape along your trip. Bring along your binoculars and sketchbooks! You're bound to be inspired!

Explore the Night Sky

SATURDAY 10AM Weather update: Looks like after a few early clouds it will be clear tonight so we will proceed as planned tonight with the Star Party ...................................................................................................... Come Stargazing with the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club and enjoy outdoor night sky observation! See open clusters, planetary nebula, and galaxies millions of light years away. NSAAC volunteers will be on hand to show deep space objects through their telescopes.

Talking Walls of Gloucester

Did you know that our region offers some of the finest Works Project Administration (WPA) and other New Deal era program murals? Many of Gloucester's murals are located within it's historic City Hall and you will have an opportunity to view these gems with Art Historian, Susan Erony! Susan will take you on a guided talk and tour (at 1 PM) of City Hall's renowned and extensive wall murals created by the Works Projects Administration (WPA) in the 1930s.

The McIntire District in the 17th Century

Hamilton Hall in Salem is widely recognized as one of the most important Federal buildings in America. It was designed in 1805 by the famous architect and master woodcarver, Samuel McIntire, and has been in use as an assembly hall for cultural and social events for over two hundred years. Long before Samuel McIntire was born, the area which is today the McIntire District was the fringe of downtown Salem, the area between the populous Salem Town and the Common Pasture and Salem Village beyond. Who lived in this part of town and what did the landscape look like?

Film: Early Salem Area History

Open House. Artifacts from the Tapley Memorial Hall Archives researched by Salem State University "Arts in America" students presented. "Early Salem History" : a 25 minute film by Heritage Films showing at 7:15. Visit Tapley Memorial Hall, a Neo-Georgian style meeting hall, built by the Danvers Historical Society in 1930 to house its unique collections and host community events.

Buddha on the Move, and More

See how an 1,100 pound, 12th Century 'Jizo Bosatsu' Buddha was unearthed, restored and moved to his new home at the Historical Society! From here walk to the Nahant thicket for bird watching or quiet reflection or drive to and park at the Nahant Life Saving Station on Nahant Road for a tour (Sun. 9/24, 1-4pm only) and head over to the Heritage Trail which will lead you to Bailey's Hill/Fort Ruckman and a spectacular view of Boston Harbor.

Pickerings, Pirates & Physicians: Secrets of an Old Salem Cemetery

An important and visible part of Salem for 350 years, the quaint and historic Broad Street Cemetery across from Salem's Pickering House has been overlooked by many and contains many "history mysteries." Historian John Goff will look anew at this city resource and showcase some of the important early Salem citizens who now reside there. After the lecture, we'll walk over to the site to look at some fine examples of 17th - 19th century hand-carved gravestones.


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