Opening Reception: Unfolding Histories

Saturday, March 31

3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. Exhibition Related Programs

The opening reception is free for CAM members or with Museum Admission. The exhibition will remain on view through September 9, 2018.

The first major archival exhibition at the Cape Ann Museum, Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann before 1900, will showcase the documentary holdings of eight institutions, ranging in size from the Cape Ann Museum to small, neighborhood historical societies. Lenders to this exhibition include Annisquam Historical Society, Cape Ann Museum, Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum, Essex Town Hall, Gloucester’s City Hall, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library, Manchester Historical Museum, Sargent House Museum, and Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museums. The materials span from Native American life on Cape Ann, through the first European settlers in the 1640s, to the introduction of the railroad and other forms of mass transportation during the mid 19th century.

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The Museum is grateful to the sponsors of this exhibition:

Jack & Anne Haley   |   Susanna Natti & Alan Willsky
Linzee & Beth Coolidge
J. J. & Jackie Bell   |   Arthur Ryan
Institution for Savings


Top, left to right: Logbook from the Schooner Lark, 1799, Cape Ann Museum; Daguerreotype of Abigail Trask and her friend, late 1840s, Manchester Historical Museum; Old Farmer's Almanac, 1839, Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museums; Certificate from teacher for Amanda Babson, January 1823, Cape Ann Museum. 

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