The Marblehead Historical Commission will present a new and innovative exhibit at the Old Town House, 1 Market Square, beginning on July 10. Mapping Marblehead: the Nineteenth Century continues the Historical Commission’s project of presenting the highlights of Marblehead’s history. This is the second in a series of three planned exhibits. The goal is to tell the story of our town in a way that can be appreciated by all ages, encouraging residents and visitors to walk through the exhibit, and then through the town with a greater understanding of its past. The interactive maps and displays present the history of Marblehead in a way that can be enjoyed by all.
Funded by a grant from the Harold B. and Elizabeth L. Shattuck Memorial Trust, the exhibit will run from July 10 through late October. Regular exhibit hours are Thursdays from 1 – 7 pm, Fridays from 1 – 4 pm, Saturdays from 10 – 4 pm, and Sundays from 1 – 4 pm. All are welcome, and there is no charge.
The exhibit includes interpretive panels, artifacts, and interactive maps illustrating Marblehead’s growth and expansion. From the War of 1812, through Grand Banks fishing, Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, shoemaking, trains, yachting, and tourism, Marblehead struggled to survive and prosper. It’s an inspiring story. Not to be missed is the chance to step into a life-size representation of a nineteenth century view of Marblehead Harbor from Crocker Park, for a delightful photo opportunity.