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Be a Time Traveler

Celebrate The Year of The Educator with the Danvers Historical Society. Become a “Time Traveler” to explore how Danvers children played, created, and learned over the past 200 years! Play colonial games, compare your modern objects to historical artifacts, and examine old maps and photographs to identify neighborhoods in Danvers. View exhibits at Tapley Memorial Hall and learn about Anne Lemist Page who opened the first Danvers Kindergarten in 1860. Also, an expanded pre-colonial Native American artifacts' exhibit is on display. Expert guides will be available for discussion.

Arts Fest

Enjoy music, art, food, and beer in the shipyard on a lovely fall afternoon. Join us to enjoy the creativity of local painters, photographers and sculptors, and local musicians. Art activities for kids.

Outdoor Sculpture Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the 19th Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay Exhibit featuring 34 unique site specific sculptures created by local artists addressing this year’s theme CONNECT within the magnificent fields, forests, and gardens of Maudslay State Park. A free catalog containing a map, photos, statements, and artist biographies will be available at the main trail head throughout the show, which runs 9/9 - 9/30. The exhibit is open to all North Shore and Merrimack River Valley artists and is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Gold Star Award.

New England Cradle of Aviation, Plum Island Airport

Join us for guided tours of the Burgess Aviation Museum! Tours feature photographs, artifacts, and a diorama celebrating the 1910 flying field at Plum Island in Newbury – New England’s first – and the current Plum Island Airport. From April to August 1910, Marblehead yacht builder W. Starling Burgess conducted a series of increasingly successful test flights on biplanes he designed and built.

The Story Behind the Dory

Visit Lowell's Boat Shop for a guided tour! Founded in 1793, Lowell's Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating wooden boat shop in the United States. Now a National Historic Landmark, Lowell's continues to build wooden boats in the traditional method. Located on the banks of the Merrimack River in Amesbury, Lowell's will be welcoming guests to learn more about its unique history and the craft of wooden boat building as it was practiced then and continues to be today.

Newburyport Clipper Heritage Trail

Take a walk with historian Ghlee E. Woodworth, the creator of the Newburyport Clipper Heritage Trail. Newburyport was one signature away from losing the downtown to bulldozers - hear the story of how a group of citizens saved the historic downtown. Learn about Elbow Alley, Pearson's Bakery and the coal industry. There’s history in every footstep you take. Visit www.clipperheritagetrail.com and discover Newburyport’s fascinating history. The Trail is an American Association for State and Local History Merit Award winner.

A History Tour of St. Anna's Chapel

Join us for a tour and discussion of the history of this Civil War era chapel, located in the churchyard of St. Paul's Church in Newburyport. The chapel interior has been unchanged since its consecration in April 1863, a time capsule for 155 years. St. Anna’s Chapel fourteen stained glass windows, created by Henry Sharp Studios of New York City, are some of the earliest examples of stained glass in New England, and indeed America. The original hand pump organ, constructed by William Stevens of Boston, is intact and has undergone a complete restoration to its original full range of sound.

Scots for Sale: Scottish Slaves in Colonial New England

In the 1650s, two ships arrived in Boston full of Scottish prisoners, captured by Oliver Cromwell’s troops. Sold to English colonists, the Scots labored at ironworks, sawmills and farms all over New England. Genealogist Diane Rapaport has spent years tracing the fate of these 17th-Century Scottish prisoners, who rebuilt their lives in Puritan New England. She will share her findings with a special focus on the Scots in Essex County and Robert MacClaflin, builder of the first part of the museum’s 17th century house. Tour of “MacClaflin Room” to follow lecture.

Abbot Hall - Spirit of '76, WPA Murals, Maritime & Other Exhibits

Stop in at Abbot Hall, whose corner stone was laid in 1876, the nation’s Centennial year, to see the inspiring life-size original “Spirit of ’76” painting (1876) and other aspects of Marblehead's local and national history (see below), informative displays in a Maritime History Room (20th c. ships too), and exhibits in the central hallways. WPA Murals showing highlights of the town's history from the 1600s to modern times are a priceless social and artistic heritage from the 1930s national W.P.A.

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