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Current Exhibits


5th Annual Community Art Show: Icons, Myths and Legends of Beverly

Call to Artists

Back for its 5th year is the ever popular Community Art Show! The theme for this year is “Icons, Myths & Legends of Beverly” and Beverly is filled with all three. From The Falconer at Lynch Park, to Borah’s convenience store, or the tale of Robin Mingo at Mingo Beach; there is something iconic, mythical, and legendary that can be found in all the nooks and crannies throughout this great city. This juried art show draws from dozens of local artists who submit their works of art in various media including pastels, drawing, paintings and photography.

Cash prizes for the winners in the following categories: The Essex Alarm Company Grand Prize for Best Artwork, the Montserrat College of Art prizes for: Best Artwork, Best Artwork by an Alumi, and Best Artwork by a Current Student; and the Robert D. Battis Prize for Best Photograph. On view October 21 through December 17.

Call to artists-Icons, Myths, and Legends of Beverly

Community Art Show Loan Agreement


Balch Family History Through Time and Trash

Online

Have you heard the expression, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”? Balch Family History Through Time and Trash is a presentation of the treasures found in the trash of the Balch family. Launched to celebrate Massachusetts Archaeology Month, this new online exhibit explores the 1998 excavation performed at the Balch House. Through items found during the dig, the history of the family can be explored to determine who was living on the premises, what they were using, when they were using it, and how they were obtaining it.

 

Explore the History

Set at Liberty: Stories of the Enslaved in a New England Town

Online

Remarkably, some of the stories of Beverly’s black population have been preserved and can be found at Historic Beverly. These are stories of citizens, black and white, battling against the unjust system of slavery; of enslaved men fighting for freedom for our nation, though not free themselves; of a woman using the law to emancipate her family; and of the racism that affected the lives of Beverly’s black population, long after they were freed from bondage. This online exhibit presents these accounts using the archives of the Historic Beverly collection.

This exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the Beverly Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Set at Liberty

Emerging from Salem's Shadow

After the tumultuous years of the second half of the 17th century, filled as they were with political upheaval, Indian wars, and culminating in the witchcraft crises of 1692, the new century must have seemed to local residents like entering a calm port.Although religion remained an important aspect of colonial life, the power of the church in civic life was on the wane. Beverly’s economy remained focused on maritime trades and agriculture, but new trades emerged during the period. Clockmakers, cabinet makers, silversmiths and other artisans created objects for an emerging well-to-do class. A spirit of change and possibility emerged in the 18th century, with profound consequences for our local community and America.

Ongoing at the Cabot House