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Nahant Life Saving Station

In response to the tragic wreck (including loss of the crew) of the coal schooner Charles Briggs off the coast of Nahant in the winter of 1898, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge was moved to request that the town vote ‘to give to the United States a suitable site for a Life Saving Station.’ The station was established in 1900, and was one of 33 such stations built in the state. It is the only one that was not built to a standard plan, and is one of only twelve to survive in any significant form. The Life Saving Service later combined with U.S. Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to become the U.S.

Sailor Crafts and Activities

Imagine what life was like at sea as you rummage through the sea bags of a ship’s boy, a sailor, and a captain. Try writing your name using signal flags used to send messages at sea. Then, make a Sailor Valentine out of sea shells like the ones sailors would create for their loved ones back home.

Slavery and Abolition in Salem

Though slavery in Salem was never as widespread as the south, slave labor played a vital role in Salem's Maritime economy before and even after Massachusetts abolished slavery in 1783. Join us for a special program to discuss the history and nature of slavery and abolition in Massachusetts and learn how these changes were experienced by Sabe and Rose Derby, an enslaved man and woman of the Derby family.

Stroll Through Lawrence’s "Little Italy"

Join local historians Joe Bella, Rich Padova and Thomas Spitalere for a stroll through Lawrence's Italian district. This tour will start at Holy Rosary Church the heart of the Italian community. From there we will walk down Common Street, Newbury Street, Garden Street, Summer Street, Jackson Street, and end on Union Street. On this tour we will explore Lawrence's lasting Italian culture, and the architecture that has shaped a neighborhood for generations.

What’s Behind Those English Gothic Walls?

Designed by church member Francis Peabody and Boston architect Gridley J.F. Bryant, this magnificent meetinghouse dates to 1836. It was transformed in the 1870s to reflect Victorian taste: lofty ceilings, carved mahogany furnishings, and dark red fabrics. Other features include stained glass windows by Tiffany and La Farge, the “Hawthorne Pew” (named for Nathaniel Hawthorne), and historical plaques tracing church history from 1629 Puritanism to 2017 Unitarian Universalism. Members were victims of the Witch Trials, abolitionists, suffragists, philanthropists, and Transcendentalists.

First Parish Church of Newbury Sanctuary and Burial Grounds

First Parish Church of Newbury is located in the Newbury Historic District. The current building is the 3rd for this parish, which was “gathered” in 1635, and was the "Mother Church" in the Newburyport area for many, many years. Come in to look at the beautiful interior and the newly restored steeple, and then visit our Burying Grounds across the street. There will be headstone washing and a short scavenger hunt going on. Many of the first Newbury settlers are buried here and there are many examples of the fine stonework done by early carvers.

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!

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.

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