The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum pursued improvements in both our programs and our exhibits for the 2017 season.  Thanks to your generous financial and volunteer support, we were able to:

Complete repairs and relaunch our flagship, the Chebacco Boat Lewis H. Story

Sail the Lewis H. Story to participate in Sail Boston in June, Salem Maritime Heritage Festival in August, and the Gloucester Schooner Festival in September.  At these events, she was viewed by over 3 million visitors!

Host three fun, free, and family friendly events in our shipyard.

Create Looking Back: Essex Shipbuilding a Century Ago, an exhibit showcasing the vessels launched from Essex shipyards in 1917.

Create Women of Essex, an exhibit dedicated to telling the stories of some of Essex's notable female residents.

Expand our exhibit on lofting and create a new exhibit on the ancillary trades that supported the shipyards in Essex.

Build two 24 foot rowboats in two days with a team of students from O'Maley Middle School.

Begin construction on an American-style Banks Dory for the Schooner Adventure with a team of students from Topsfield Vocational Academy/North Shore Educational Consortium.


We are looking forward to 2018's events and hope that you will join us.

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