The Marblehead Historical Commission is continually expanding its collection of archives and artifacts, adding new venues for their display and discovery, and publicizing these updates through events and articles in the press. In the News section, you'll find:
Blog - This collection of on-line posts has the latest news of interest to Marbleheaders and Marblehead history researchers.
Events - The Events calendar not only shows you upcoming events from the Historical Commission and from associated organizations, but also lets you look back in time to historic Marblehead events.
Press - The Press listing provides descriptions of articles about the Historical Commission and about Marblehead history. Links to on-line stories are provided when available.
Abbot Hall News
In early March, 2017, the Historical Commission received an interesting e-mail from Teresa Simpson, a woman living near Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. She had seen a local Moncton auction company’s ad for an upcoming auction, which included a framed print of “Marblehead Harbor in 1840”, originally painted by well-known marine … Continue reading
The Town of Marblehead has been awarded a matching grant by the Massachusetts Historical Commission for a pre-Development Assessment and Planning project to provide the Town with information to ensure the protection and preservation of Abbot Hall and its grounds. The plan will provide an assessment of the building and … Continue reading
Marblehead has its very own cannon, which has just been moved into the basement of Abbot Hall. The cannon had been stored in the Town’s Gun House on Elm St. by Glover’s Regiment. Running out of room in the Gun House, the Regiment asked that the Town find another spot … Continue reading
Historical Commission News
Welcome to the new version of the Marblehead Historical Commission web site. Improving the look and usability of the site was important, but the key reason for change was to make it easier to search the archives. As the stewards for an amazing archive of historical artifacts, images, and documents for the Town of … Continue reading
Marblehead’s early history was formed by the shoe industry almost as much as it was by its fishing fleet and revolutionary spirit. Between voyages, many fishermen would hand-make shoes in small shops, called “Ten-Footers”. Later in the 1800’s this led to the creation of a full-fledged shoe industry in Town. … Continue reading
The Marblehead Historical Commission has installed archival quality copies of four key historical documents related to Marblehead in the Selectmen’s Room in Abbot Hall. The documents are signed letters from Paul Revere (1787), president George Washington (1789) and Elbridge Gerry (1769) as well as a Massachusetts General Court Resolution (1784) … Continue reading