The Marblehead Historical Commission exhibit, “Mapping Marblehead: From Founding to Freedom”, has reopened in the Selectmen’s Room in Abbot Hall. The innovative exhibit was on display at the Old Town House for most of June, receiving excellent reviews. Based on the first two centuries of Marblehead’s recorded history, the exhibit features highlights of the town’s early settlement, growth, and economy as it grew from fishing village to prominent port of trade and revolutionary stronghold. This location gives an opportunity to see the exhibit with the iconic painting “The Spirit of 76” as backdrop.
Funded by a grant from the Harold B. and Elizabeth L. Shattuck Memorial Trust, the exhibit will stay open until Abbot Hall construction work requires it to close. Exhibit hours are the same as Abbot Hall’s business hours, Mon, Tues. and Thu. from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Wed. from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm, Fri. from 8:00 am until 12:30 pm. There is no charge.
Material in this exhibit includes all of all of the original exhibit’s interpretive panels, large screen video and iPad interactive maps illustrating Marblehead’s growth from Native American sites through 17th-century development, and 18th-century expansion. It also adds an MHTV video with Town Historian Don Doliber describing the Spirit of 76 painting, as well as a video tour of Abbot Hall
This exhibit is the first of three that are planned to present Marblehead’s history from its earliest beginnings through the 21st century. Chris Johnston, chair of the Marblehead Historical Commission, envisions a long-range plan to establish a permanent Museum of Marblehead History where visitors will be able to learn about the entire timeline of Marblehead’s history in one location. The second exhibit, covering Marblehead’s history from 1800 to the end of the 19th century, has been awarded a grant from the Harold B. and Elizabeth L. Shattuck Memorial Trust and is planned for 2020.
Beyond the Exhibit
If you’ve already visited the exhibit or just want to explore on your own, visit our Mapping Marblehead – Beyond the Exhibit web page for links to the Exhibit videos on our YouTube Channel, links to the iPad Kiosk Mapping Marblehead Interactive Map Exploration, and links to high resolution scans of maps used in the exhibit: Mapping Marblehead – Beyond the Exhibit