Cape Ann Museum launches “Virtual Vault” lecture series and more stay-at-home activities during temporary closure

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Virtual programming from the Museum’s exhibition lectures, educational programs, and archives offers at-home opportunities during closing for COVID-19

Cape Ann Museum Video Vault

GLOUCESTER, MASS. (May 20, 2020)Although the Cape Ann Museum is closed temporarily during the pandemic to protect staff and visitors, there are many rich opportunities to experience the Museum virtually with a new initiative called CAM Video Vault, which features 60 lectures, programs, and archival material dating back to 1992.

The wide range of offerings include exhibition and program lectures by curators, artists, community leaders, educators, and others. Featuring discussions about past museum exhibitions, well-known artists with Cape Ann roots, natural environments and habitats around Cape Ann, as well as the region’s maritime history all 60 programs are accessible via the Museum’s website.

To help at-home educators and parents looking for a variety of online resources for their children, the Museum is also adding educational content from its robust programs, using art and the region’s history as the basis for art-making activities, reading adventures, and virtual tours and experiences. From the Museum archives and library, there is also now online content called “Stories from the Stacks.”

For more information about the exhibition and related programming, please visit the Museum’s website www.capeannmuseum.org.

The Cape Ann Museum has been in existence since the 1870s, working to preserve and celebrate the history and culture of the area and to keep it relevant to today’s audiences. Spanning 44,000 square feet, the Museum is one of the major cultural institutions on Boston’s North Shore welcoming more than 25,000 local, national and international visitors each year to its exhibitions and programs. In addition to fine art, the Museum’s collections include decorative art, textiles, artifacts from the maritime and granite industries, three historic homes, a Library & Archives and a sculpture park in the heart of downtown Gloucester. In June 2021, the Museum will open a new 12,000-square-foot collection storage and public exhibition space in Gloucester as part of its Cape Ann Museum Green campus. The campus includes three historic buildings – the White Ellery House (1710), an adjacent Barn (c. 1740), and the recently acquired Babson-Alling House (c.1740) which are located on the site at the intersection of Washington and Poplar Streets in Gloucester.  Visit capeannmuseum.org for details.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. While temporarily closed due the COVID-19 pandemic, regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. Cape Ann residents can visit for free on the second Saturday of each month.  For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at www.capeannmuseum.org.

For a detailed media fact sheet please visit www.capeannmuseum.org/press.

 

 

Gloucester Schooner Fest is Around the Corner! Volunteers Needed!

Schooners docked at the 2018 festival

Well known to the world as Gloucester’s major maritime and sailing event, the 35th annual Gloucester Schooner Festival is organized by the Gloucester Schooner Festival Committee and Maritime Gloucester, held August 30th-September 2nd, 2019.

photo by Arlene Taliadoros
Schooners during the Parade Sail at Schooner Fest

Taking place in the harbor and nearby waters of America’s oldest seaport, the Gloucester Schooner Festival honors the major role the fishing schooner has played in the heritage of Gloucester and the eastern seaboard.

A spectacular highlight of the Gloucester Schooner Festival is the Parade of Sail on Sunday morning, as the participating schooners make their way through the harbor and out past the breakwater, to the Mayor’s Race starting area off Eastern Point.

The Harriet Webster Pier during last year’s festival

Volunteers are still needed for this year’s festival! If you would like to be part of Maritime History with us, email Kelly at kopris@maritimegloucester.org

Sponsors for this year’s festival include Gloucester 400, Sawyer Free Library, Discover Gloucester, City of Gloucester, First Ipswich Bank, Cape Ann Savings Bank, and Building Center. To learn more about the festival and it’s sponsors, visit @GloucesterSchoonerFestival on Facebook, or https://gloucesterschoonerfestival.net/ .

The League of Women Voters of Cape Ann presents A Woman’s Place Is at the Top: The Life of Mountaineering Suffragist, Annie Smith Peck

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

6:30 pm at the Rockport Library

Annie Smith Peck is one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you may have never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suff­ragist, and political activist. She was a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way.

Join author Hannah Kimberley as she describes her research of Peck’s original letters, artifacts, and ephemera, and brings to life the Queen of the Climbers.

NAA Photo Lot 24

This event is free and open to the public. Books will be for sale at the library, and Hannah Kimberley will be available for book signing.