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Saturday, April 6 (3-5pm)
Exhibit Opening: Once Upon a Contest: Cape Ann Reads Exhibit
Exhibit continues through April 26,
Tuesdays- Fridays (10-3pm)

Once Upon a Contest was drawn from manuscripts recognized for distinction during the Cape Ann Reads 2017 original picture book competition hosted jointly by the Cape Ann public libraries. This traveling exhibition brings special attention to award-winning local artists and writers who created children’s picture books. This special group show is organized and circulated by curator, Catherine Ryan, with support from the Bruce J Anderson Foundation | The Boston Fund.

Cape Ann Reads came about in 2015 when the four public libraries on Cape Ann –Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library; Manchester by the Sea Public Library; TOHP Burnham Public Library, Essex; and Rockport Public Library– began to work together to encourage and highlight community creativity, regional collaboration, and family literacy through a focus on children’s picture books.

This Exhibit will be featuring works by:Leslie Galacar, Martha Shaw Geraghty, Marion Hall, Steven Kennedy, Charles King, George King, Michael LaPenna, James McKenna, Barbara McLaughlin, Alexia Parker, Victoria Petway, John Plunkett, Diane Polley, Mary Rhinelander, James Seavey, Gail Seavey, Kim Smith, Christina Ean Spangler, Bonnie L. Sylvester, Juni VanDyke, Maura Wadlinger, Betty Allenbrook Wiberg, Kirsten Allenbrook Wiberg, Jean Woodbury, Claire Wyzenbeek

* new date** Saturday, April 13 (10:30am)
Free Family Fun: Cape Ann Reads Book Fun
Featuring illustrator guest, Juni VanDyke, stories, art display and book-making craft in the MHM Hall.

Tuesday, April 16
(6:30 reception, 7pm lecture)
Lecture: The History of Jordan Marsh
in 1st Parish Congregational Chapel
Members free, guest $10

Founded in 1851 by Eben Dyer Jordan and Benjamin Lloyd Marsh, Jordan Marsh opened their first store selling linen, silk, calicos, ribbons and assorted dry goods to Victorian Bostonians. Following the Civil War, the store moved from Pearl Street to Winthrop Square and later to Washington Street between Summer and Avon Streets where in its new five story building, designed by Bradlee, Winslow & Wetherell, they unveiled the novel concept of “department shopping” under one roof.

Come hear about its fascinating history as Boston’s first department store by author, Anthony Mitchell Sammarco, noted historian and author of over seventy books on the history and development of the Boston area.

Sunday, April 28 (2pm)
Free Special Event: Street Chat – School St
Enjoy a virtual tour of School St and share your own stories and information during this presentation of old images of School St. in MHM hall

Saturday, May 11 (10am)
Special Event: Cemetery Tour
Rosedale Part 2
Members free, guest $10

Wednesday, May 15 (1pm)
MHM Spring Tea
in MHM hall

*Free but RSVPs required*

Saturday, May 18 (10:30am)
Free Family Fun: Teddy Bear Tea
in MHM hall
*RSVPs required*

Tuesday, May 21 (6:30pm)
Lecture: Kitty Crocker will speak about Crocker Boat Designs
at Sacred Heart Parish Hall
Members free, guest $10

Tuesday, June 4 (6:30pm)
Annual Meeting
at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, School St.
6:15 PM – Light dinner – $20 pp RSVPs required
7:00 PM – Annual Meeting – Annual Report and Vote for Executive Board
7:30 PM – Program: Bill Cross will speak about Winslow Homer at the Cape Ann Beaches


To RSVP for events call 978-526-7230 or
10 Union Street, Manchester, MA 01944

MHM would like to thank Boston Financial Management, Manchester Cultural Council and Manchester Travel for supporting our Free Family Programs.