The Cape Ann Museum, Manchester Historical Museum, Sandy Bay Historical Society and Annisquam Historical Society have partnered to create a slate of programs highlighting Cape Ann’s Aboriginal history throughout the spring.

These institutions are located on the traditional and ancestral homeland of the Pawtucket people and their neighbors, the Massachuset, Nipmuc, Pennacook and Wampanoag tribes. Through a series of installations, exhibits, presentations and other events, the institutions hope to spark conversations and interest in the Indigenous history of present-day Cape Ann and Essex County.

Over the past few months, each institution has reviewed and cataloged their respective collections. With the information gathered during this review, each institution will present an exhibit of Indigenous archaeological artifacts from their collections and develop related educational programs to engage visitors.

Visitors are encouraged to visit each site to discover, celebrate and share local Aboriginal history.

Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Native Artifacts | Opening April 16
City Center Campus, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

The artifacts on display were collected by amateur archaeologist N. Carleton Phillips. Between 1930 and 1941, Phillips and a team of assistants explored known and suspected archaeological sites across Cape Ann. Their efforts have resulted in a vast collection of artifacts including pottery shards and stones carved into a variety of shapes for different purposes including fishing, hunting and food preparation. From Phillips’ collection, important hypotheses can be made about the settlement patterns and daily lives of Native Americans at Cape Ann and throughout coastal New England. In addition to the pieces found by Phillips, also on display here are artifacts unearthed from the Annisquam area of ​​Gloucester and placed with the Annisquam Historical Society.

On view during museum opening hours, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

CAMTalks: Indigenous Perspectives on Archeology | April 16, 1 p.m.
City Center Campus, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

A panel of experts will discuss what is known about Indigenous history in the area from the first known human activity around 11,000 years ago to the present day. This panel is presented as part of the Cape Ann Museum’s 400+ series, a living history of Gloucester leading up to the 400th anniversary of the arrival of English colonizers in 1623, inviting Indigenous voices to shape the conversation on the upcoming anniversary.

The panel will include Linda Coombs, author and historian of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah); David Weeden, THPO/Director of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Tribal Historic Preservation Department; and Eric Lott, archaeologist and board member of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society at the Robbins Museum of Archaeology. Presented with the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.

Free for CAM and MAS members, $10 for non-members. Streamed live on Facebook and Vimeo.

Manchester Historical Museum

Mary Ellen Lepionka

Indigenous artifacts found in Manchester and around Cape Ann | April 30 – June 10
10 Union Street, Manchester

Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring Your Own Artifacts Event and Exhibition Opening | April 30, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
10 Union Street, Manchester

Historian Mary Ellen Lepionka will present a short program on Aboriginal artifacts in the museum’s collection, followed by appraisals of individually owned pieces. Registration required to have your arrowheads and other Aboriginal artifacts identified and documented.

Indigenous Presence in Manchester with Mary Ellen Lepionka | April 20, 7 p.m.
Sacred Heart Parish Hall, 62 School Street, Manchester

Local historian Mary Ellen Lepionka will lecture on the indigenous people who lived in Manchester-by-the-Sea at the time of English settlement and before, drawing on her own research, including surveys of the collections of artifacts, archaeological surveys, explorers and settler stories, municipal records, ethnographic and ethnolinguistic data, and Indigenous stories. Free for MHM members, $10 for guests.

Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museums

Native artifacts found in Rockport and around Cape Ann | June 25 – July 31
40 King Street, Rockport

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Events Bring your own artifacts and exhibition opening | June 25, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
40 King Street, Rockport

Residents are encouraged to bring their own arrowheads and other Aboriginal artifacts to be identified and appraised.

Indigenous Peoples of Sandy Bay with Mary Ellen Lepionka | July 18, 7 p.m.
Spiran Room, 18 Broadway, Rockport

Local historian Mary Ellen Lepionka will present a lecture on the Indigenous peoples who lived in Rockport at the time of English settlement and before, drawing on her own research including surveys of artifact collections, archaeological surveys, stories of explorers and settlers, municipal archives. , ethnographic and ethnolinguistic data and Indigenous stories. Free and open to the public


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