The Museum will reopen to the public on October 1. Reservations for timed ticket entry is required, details here.


CAM Book Club

Thursday, October 22

10:30 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Members Events

The Cape Ann Museum will host virtual book club meetings via ZOOM on the third Thursday of the month beginning in October 2020 and running through May 2021. A Museum docent and staff member will participate to facilitate discussion, to allow for a flow of ideas, provide connections to the collections and history of Cape Ann, and to suggest talking points if needed. The meeting dates and the book selection for each date appear below. 2020–2021 CAM Book Club selections were chosen for their subject matter, scholarship and/or insight into the history of Cape Ann.

This program is free and open to any current Cape Ann Museum member. Nonmembers interested in participating may join at

Space is limited; reservations are required and are for the entirety of the October to May program. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month as noted below from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sign up online at Eventbrite.


Reserve online


For questions please contact Martha Oaks at (978)283-0455 (ex. 117) or email


Above: Charles Allan Winter (1869–1942), Woman Reading, c. 1898. Oil on canvas. Museum purchase, 2015. Funds provided by Arthur Ryan. [2015.52]


2020-2021 CAM Book Club Selections

October 22
Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm by Jane Brox
See also and

November 19
The Great Influenza:  The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John Barry

December 17
The Best Christmas by Lee Kingman Natti

January 21
Book of V by Anna Solomon

February 18
Understanding & Teaching American Slavery by Bethany Jay
See also

March 18
The Equivalents:  A Story of Art, Female Friendship and Liberation in the 1960s by Maggie Doherty
Up Country, Poems of New England, by Maxine Kumin with illustrations by Barbara Swan
Transformations, by Anne Sexton with illustrations by Barbara Swan

April 22
Feast of Cape Ann Poets: Poems with Favorite Recipes edited by Ray Bentley
The Dry Salvages (from Four Quartets) by T. S. Eliot

May 20
The Great Pattillo by Joseph E. Garland
The Finest Kind:  The Fishermen of Gloucester by Kim Bartlett

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