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Imprints on Cape Ann: “The Wreck of the Hesperus” 
in the National Literary Imagination 

Thursday, July 26

7:00 p.m. Exhibition Related Programs Lectures, Readings, Films

Presented by CAM Director of Library & Archives Molly O’Hagan Hardy

(left) Cover of sheet music for John J. Blockley and H. W. Longfellow, The Wreck of the Hesperus (Baltimore: Miller & Beacham, n.d.). Courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society. (right) Joseph Boggs Beale's Illustrations of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Wreck of the Hesperus (1894). Courtesy of George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

Before Sebastian Junger's Perfect Storm, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Wreck of the Hesperus" brought the story of the perils of fishing off the Gloucester coast to the nation. Dr. Hardy draws on local archival collections to trace how Longfellow, who had yet to visit the area when "The Wreck of the Hesperus" was written in 1840, inadvertently became Cape Ann's greatest tourist ambassador. Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann before 1900.

Free for CAM members / $10 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Tickets and reservations can be made online at Eventbrite or by call (978)283-0455 x10 during regular business hours. Museum galleries will be open until 7:00 p.m.

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(above, left) Cover of sheet music for John J. Blockley and H. W. Longfellow, The Wreck of the Hesperus (Baltimore: Miller & Beacham, n.d.). Courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society. (right) Joseph Boggs Beale's Illustrations of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Wreck of the Hesperus (1894). Courtesy of George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

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