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Guided Tour of Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings Exhibition

For more than 40 years, Sally Mann has made experimental and hauntingly beautiful images that have distinguished her as one of the country’s most influential photographers. Co-organized with the National Gallery of Art, this first major traveling exhibition presents some 115 photographs to offer a sweeping overview of Mann’s artistic achievement, vision and drive.

AtlAtl Days

Try your hand at ancient hunting practices! The technique of using an atlatl, or spear throwing stick, is an ancient global technology. Join us, along with the Eugene Winter Chapter of Mass Archaeological Society, as they teach you the finer points about hunting in the ancient world! Stop by the Rebecca Nurse Homestead and hunt a woolly mammoth or woolly rhinoceros. Fun and educational for kids of all ages. Also learn about the tools that Native Americans in Danvers made and used. Bring your Native American artifacts for identification. Trails & Sails Events are always FREE!

100 Years of Agricultural Education

Granted by descendents the Hawthorne family in 1913, the 166 acre campus of the Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School has been used as both a farm and a classroom. With over 2.5 miles of on site and adjoining wetland trails the school's grounds offer many things to do and explore. See farm animals, wildlife, and even the remains of the Danvers TB infirmary. Our wetland conservation efforts are beginning to get results with more accessible trails, decreases in invasive plants, and increases in wildlife diversity.

Valerie McCaffrey: Landscapes - Out of My Mind and Into Yours

Come to the Wenham Museum to meet local artist Valerie McCaffrey and hear about the creative process for her paintings, many of which were inspired by the scenery right here in Essex County. This spectacular exhibit is a retrospective of landscape paintings created by the artist over the past two decades. McCaffrey's style is deceptively naïve – visitors might correctly be reminded of Grandma Moses.

Live and in Color! The Poets' Theatre of Cambridge presents "The Abolitionists" in Lynn

An ensemble of skilled actors from the Poets' Theatre give voice to the wide range of anti-slavery attitudes in Massachusetts during the decades leading up to the Civil War. Black and white, female and male, well-known and obscure, these important writers and orators, including Lydia Maria Child, Paul Cuffee, Frederick Douglass, and Angelina Grimké Weld, among others, transformed fringe ideas—rejected by many in Boston as dangerous and “fanatical”—into a mainstream movement for emancipation

First Parish Church Sanctuary and Burying Ground

Both the historic Sanctuary and Burying Ground of First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road, will be open, with guides to provide information and answer any questions. Gathered in 1635, First Parish is the oldest, "mother church", in the Newburyport area and many of the original settlers and their descendants are buried in the Burying Ground, including Henry Sewall, Tristram Coffin and his wife Judith, and the Reverend John Tucker. Come visit our historic sites - there will be a scavenger hunt in the Burying Ground!

Story Slam-Art Show

Discover Danvers through artifacts of yesterday and talents of today. An open house to celebrate everyone's unique stories and talents. Call the office to be an exhibitor and/or a performer. All talents welcome. We want to hear your stories. All ages welcome. View exhibits of yesterday and today at Tapley Memorial Hall.

Danvers State Hospital with Katherine Anderson

An evening with author Katherine Anderson discussing the history of the Mental Health Industry, Asylum Architecture, and the unique stories at Danvers State Hospital. Katherine will present a slide show and a brief history of the hospital and a larger collection of artifacts than at last year's presentation. Attendees are encouraged to share their stories. Current status of the unfinished memorial and cemetery preservation will be discussed, and books will be available for purchase and signing.


Come have fun with us on Saturday, September 29th. PRINT WITH LETTERPRESS at our family-friendly TRAILS & SAILS event! Cast your name in metal type and take a turn cranking a Vandercook press to make a print all your own. You'll take home a keepsake and a story to share with friends and family. And be sure to tour the Museum while you're here! The Museum of Printing is dedicated to preserving the rich history of graphic arts, printing equipment, and printing craftsmanship.

Art, Poetry and Reception

Join us for a reception, book launch and slide presentation. The Arts Institute Group of the Merrimack Valley and Grey Court Poets have collaborated to publish the book “Soulmates”. Each color page of this new book features artwork from an individual artist and a poem it inspired. See a brief slide show, meet the artists and poets, share in the reception.


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