The Alfred Mansfield Brooks Society
The Alfred Mansfield Brooks Society was established to honor individuals, corporations and foundations who contribute generously to the growth and enhancement of the Cape Ann Museum’s collections.
The Brooks Society recognizes those who have made a donation of art or artifacts, have pledged a future gift of art or artifact, or have provided funds for the purchase or conservation of such at a minimum of $10,000 on or after (September 19, 2009). Members of the Alfred Mansfield Brooks Society are listed in Museum publications, including the Annual Report, and receive invitations to annual recognition events and educational opportunities throughout the year.
Alfred Mansfield Brooks (1870–1963), long time president and curator of the Museum, was responsible for assembling what would ultimately become the largest and finest collection of works by marine artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865). Today, the Museum’s Lane Collection includes over 40 oil paintings and more than 100 pencil drawings. The fact that such a comprehensive group of works has remained in the artist’s hometown is remarkable, a testament to Brooks’ vision and foresight.
In honor of Brooks’ contributions and in recognition of others who have followed him and generously given fine art and/or artifacts to the Museum, the Cape Ann Museum inaugurated the Alfred Mansfield Brooks Society. For additional information, please contact the Development Office at (978)491-7959.