Veteran’s Day at the Cape Ann Museum

A call for wartime letters and photographs.

On Friday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day – the Cape Ann Museum will host a series of special programs in appreciation of the men and women of Cape Ann who have served or are serving our country in the military. The citizens of Cape Ann have a long history of service – from the Revolutionary War to current conflicts.

For this day, the Museum is creating a short film to be screened. The film will pair photographs – from the Civil War to today – with readings from letters written home by men and women on the front.  We are reaching out to the community to help supplement this project with photographs and letters you may have from all military conflicts, but especially those since the Civil War.

Anyone caring to share photographs and letters is asked to bring them to the Museum’s library on Wednesday, October 5 or Thursday, October 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. where Museum staff will scan them for inclusion in the film. Submitted items can be picked up on Wednesday, October 18 or Thursday, October 20, or they can be donated to the Museum to be preserved in the archives.

For more information on this project, please contact

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8th mass vol. militia, field & staff, 1864
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Image: From the G.A.R. Colonel Allen Post 45, Gloucester archive. Officers of the 8th Regiment: Chaplain J. S. Sewall, Adjutant A. Hunt Berry, Lt. Col. C. T. Hanley, Quartermaster J. A. Ingalls, Col. Benjamin F. Peach, Jr., Asst. Surgeon Ebeneezer Hunt, Major David W. Low, Surgeon J. L. Robinson., photographer unknown, c. 1864. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.