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Historic Essex Walking Tour

The Historic Essex Walking Tour is a self-guided tour (with a brochure and map to guide you) to 16 interpretive signs that highlight the historic significance of this New England village. Learn how 300+ years of shipbuilding produced close to 4,000 wooden vessels; find a 1797 Paul Revere bell; discover the birthplace of the fried clam; learn about the grave robberies of 1818; gain insight into how Essex became known as “America’s Antiques Capital”; and other interesting stories. Benches along the Essex Causeway provide a place to sit and relax as you take the tour.

Open House to Celebrate 40 Years of the Lawrence History Center

Please join us for a day of reflection, celebration, and more! * Blacksmithing Demonstration * Tours of the Archive & Essex Company Complex * * Exhibits * Donation & Scanning Stations * Local Historians * 10:00 AM: 40th Annual Meeting 10:30 AM: "One Neighborhood, Two Towns: How a Part of Andover Became South Lawrence" 2:00 PM - Photography Walking Tour of the Stone Mill with Bob Lussier (reservation required) * Free Admission * Invite Your Family & Friends! * Questions? Please contact us at 978-686-9230 or susan@lawrencehistory.org

One Neighborhood, Two Towns: Lawrence and Andover

Join the Lawrence History Center and the Andover Center for History & Culture for a unique, collaborative neighborhood program that explores an area of Andover that was purchased to become a part of what is now South Lawrence. Former Lawrence resident and long-time Lawrence History Center volunteer Rick Wetmore who will discuss the development of South Lawrence as well as recount some of his memories of growing up in the community.

Blacksmithing Saturday in the Essex Company Forge

Step back in time with us for a day of blacksmithing in the Essex Company forge, the company that built the city of Lawrence! Richard Wright of the Granite State Hammer Alliance will be demonstrating the craft of traditional blacksmithing methods, forging both iron and mild steel to create items for practical use in our historic courtyard. The forge was first in use in the early 1880's when the Essex Company complex at 6 Essex Street in Lawrence was constructed.

The Scrapbook /All Prints & Maps weekend @ the Essex Exchange. Gallery Show & Sale.

The Essex Exchange has invited Vinny and Barbara Caravella owners of The Scrapbook to showcase their decorative, vintage & Antique Prints and Maps. Everything from antique maps and 16th - 19th century decorative prints to political cartoons by Thomas Nast to custom picture framing can be found inside The Scrapbook in Essex,Ma. It’s one of Essex’s hidden treasures and we are proud to have them join us for the weekend.

Preservation Stories

Salemites know how lucky they are to live in one of America's most historic cities, however, the survival of the community's historic charm is not the result of luck, but of the passion and persistence of generations of historic preservationists. Join Jim McAllister and Historic Salem, Inc. on a walking tour of downtown Salem recounting past preservation triumphs and what we can learn from them today. Space is limited. Register at www.historicsalem.org

Guided Tour of Empresses of China's Forbidden City Exhibition

This exhibition is the first to explore the role of empresses in shaping China’s last dynasty- the Qing dynasty - from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular objects from the Palace Museum tell the little-known stories of how imperial women influenced court politics, art and religion. Timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of U.S.-China diplomatic relations, Empresses of China's Forbidden City is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum; the Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler, Washington, D.C.; and the Palace Museum, Beijing.

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