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11 events to accompany the Smithsonian exhibition in Essex | North of Boston


ESSEX – The Smithsonian Museum’s traveling exhibit “Crossroads: Changes in Rural America” ​​is coming to Essex this weekend, and the Smithsonian has announced additional programming to coincide with the event.

“Crossroads: Changes in Rural America” will be on view Saturday, September 10 through October 22 at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum and City Hall.

In January, the Smithsonian announced that Essex would be one of six communities in Massachusetts to host the traveling exhibit that examines demographic shifts in the United States from rural to urban areas. Exhibits are on display at the Town Hall, 30 Martin Street, and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 28 and 66 Main Street.

The Essex Shipbuilding Museum received staff training and a $10,000 grant from Massachusetts Humanities to develop the exhibits accompanying 11 scheduled events. Each program will take place at the Museum, 66 Main Street, unless otherwise specified.

“It’s a unique opportunity for us to not only showcase the deep history of our community that many people don’t know, but also the huge sense of pride we as locals have for Essex,” said said KD Montgomery, executive director of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. in a prepared statement. “Although we are small, one voice can have a huge impact on the rest of the community. Whether you are a regular tourist or visiting for the first time, our aim is to inspire and educate our guests on how special Essex was and is now.

A launch party will be held at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum shipyard on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Coffee, tea and light breakfast snacks will be provided. Guided tours of the exhibits Then, on Wednesday, September 14, from 7 to 8 p.m., Gloucester and Essex Shellfish Constables Rebecca Visnick and William Novak, respectively, will present ‘The Color of the Tide’, a discussion on the history of the Essex clam fishing industry.

“Sketching Through History” will take place on Sundays, September 18 and October 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. Jessica Yurwitz of Slow River Studio in Topsfield will discuss artistic interpretations of Essex’s vistas over the years. Registration is required for this event.

Over three Thursdays — Sept. 22, Oct. 6, and Oct. 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. — the Smithsonian will host community-led panel discussions on ways to improve the city’s top cultural institutions. . Registration is also required for these events.

The teachers and students of Manchester Essex Regional High School will present a Dungeons and Dragons encounter on Sunday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to noon. Children are invited to create their own Essex-themed campaigns for the archives of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum.

“A Legacy Continues, Shipbuilding in Essex” is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, 7-8 p.m. National Heritage Scholar Harold Burnham and fellow shipbuilders Brad Story and Jeff Lane will discuss the history of shipbuilding in Essex and how the industry continues into the modern era.

Cogswell’s Grant site manager Kristen Weiss will lead a walking tour of the property on Saturday, October 1, at a time to be announced.

The program “What the Hay?” Four Centuries of Farming in Essex,” will discuss how historic New England continues historic farm farming practices with recreation and conservation.

On Sunday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to noon, Essex Shipbuilding Museum historian Kurt Wilhelm will host “Our Family Forest,” an overview of his genealogical studies of various Essex lineages.

Mary Rose O’Connell of Cape Ann Plein Air will be leading painting demonstrations on Monday, October 3, from noon to 2 p.m.

Guests are invited to learn more about the Grand Marais, including its role in the city’s ecosystem, at “A Piece of Something Big, The History of the Marsh,” on Tuesday, October 4, from 7 p.m. At 20 o ‘clock. The event will be hosted by Selectman and Great Marsh Coalition member Peter Phippen.

Salem State University professor Dr. Beth Jay and graduate student Mary Larkin will host a panel discussion on Essex history on Sunday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Finally, a closing party will take place on Saturday, October 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“It has been such an eye-opening experience working with the incredible team at the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum and we are thrilled to see the town’s history come to new life through this programming,” said Massachusetts Humanities Executive Director Brian Boyles. in a prepared statement. “It has never been more important to embrace and support every small community in Massachusetts. We hope that with the tour of the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street, more people will fall in love with these rural outposts like Essex, just like us.