CAMTalks: Exhibition Series -- Glimpses of Granite

Saturday, June 24

1:00 p.m.


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with Les Bartlett  
CAM Auditorium, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 
Registration required for all attendees. Free for members, $10 for non-members 
Livestreamed on Facebook and Vimeo 

Over one hundred years after they were made, the quarries of Cape Ann are now an integral part of the local landscape. These former industrial sites, once swarming with quarrymen and their machines, have now become peaceful natural sanctuaries. The deep beds have filled with water, creating new ecosystems.  

In this CAMTalk, Les Bartlett, a local historian who has explored Cape Ann’s quarries for the past 20 years, will dive deep into their history. Far beyond Halibut Point and Steel Derrick, two of the best-known quarries, Bartlett will share the stories of the deep pits and gouged holes that can be found throughout the woods of Cape Ann. He will share historic photographs, archival information, and the influence that art has had on revealing and preserving the quarries. After the talk, attendees are invited to join Bartlett on a walking tour of granite through Downtown Gloucester.   

To learn more about the quarries, visit QuarryArt, a special exhibition exploring the majesty of Cape Ann’s many quarries on display at the Janet & William Ellery James Center through July 30. 

When attending the event, please have your ticket ready and present it to a Visitors Services Representative upon arrival. Please plan on arriving early for an expedited check-in.  


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