Thursday, February 28, 2013
The upcoming exhibit opening March 7, has some stories to tell about America's deadliest war. It's related lectures and presentation will further explore our understanding of the conflict.
Historians put the death toll for Union and Confederate soldiers at 750,000 making the Civil War the bloodiest conflict in our history. It's a history that is part of our present as we wrestle with the war's roots, meaning and influences. The Marblehead Museum will continue that grappling and understanding with its upcoming exhibit Marblehead and the Civil War, which opens Thursday evening, March 7 from 6-8 pm. Here is some information on this exhibit from the Marblehead Museum: The exhibit's main themes will be aspects of the American Civil War, including Abolitionism, Marblehead 's response to the start of the Civil War, the effects of the War on the battlefront and at home, the end of the war and the establishment of the Grand Army …
Monday, February 18, 2013
The commander-in-chief is no stranger to Marblehead, starting with George Washington himself.
Throughout U.S. history, presidents have visited Marblehead. In honor of Presidents Day 2013, here is a gallery of commanders-in-chief who have paid call upon the town (although one did so against his will). For more on each visit, including the details about how President Chester Arthur was "kidnapped" by a zealous Header, visit Marblehead Magazine's timeline of local history.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Nothing beats a good blizzard story. Share your story from 1978 here.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 35 years since we were hit with the Blizzard of '78, but the stories will withstand the test of time. On Feb. 6, 1978, the area was blanketed with a record 27 inches of snow with the added bonus of hurricane force winds. The storm began the morning of Feb. 6 and lasted through the following evening. It was a storm that was never really predicted to be this large, and yet from it one good thing came – we learned about emergency preparedness. For those of us who were old enough to remember, the memories differ. The motorist stuck in his car for hours on the highway, the family wondering where that person was, to a community paralyzed by Mother Nature in a storm no one ever expected. Thirty-five years ago we had…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Here's a look at some of the stories that were making headlines this week in 1969.
Every week, Marblehead Patch spins through Marblehead Messenger microfilm at Abbot Public Library to find out what was happening on this week in local history. In 1969: Generation Gap on Display: Anna Fuller's class at the Coffin School had several students sporting gap-toothed smiles. The gaps were their fallen front teeth. They posed for a photo and it was displayed prominently on the front page. Gun Control in M'head: A photo display was devoted to civilians in Marblehead taking gun lessons from Marblehead police officers at the department's gun range. The residents were learning safety precautions, gun grips and firing instructions from officers Peter Clark and Dick Smith. Header with Seabee Unit Due Home from Vietnam: The good news …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Here's a look at some of the stories that were making headlines on this week in 1963.
Every week, Marblehead Patch digs through the Marblehead Messenger microfilm archives atAbbot Public Library to find out what was happening on this week in local history. In 1963: 7 Flee Fire on Pleasant Street: "Seven people, including an 88-year-old man and his 59-year-old daughter, both of whom were assisted to the street over an aerial ladder, were forced to flee into eight-below zero temperatures; a Swampscott firefighers was overcome by smoke and three Marblehead firemen were hurt shortly after 6 a.m. Monday as fire of undetermined origin raced through a four-story wooden apartment house on Pleasant Street." Town to Take Devereux Beach Property: "The town of Marblehead will begin legal proceedings to take the Usher Property at …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Here is a look back at some of the stories that were making headlines on this week in 1935.
Every week, Marblehead Patch digs through the Marblehead Messenger microfilm archives at Abbot Public Library to find out what was happening on this week in local history. In 1935: Two Minor Injuries in Chicken Farm Fire: "Slight injuries were sustained by two firemen (John Tucker and Elwin Hussey) at a blaze early last evening which swept through the big stone building formerly used as a chicken brood house on the old Sorosis farm property near Humphrey and Lafayette streets." Marblehead Football Team Heading to Jacksonville: "With the grid team already well on their way to Jacksonville where they are to play a picked all-scholastic team from the three high schools of that city in the annual Grape Fruit Bowl game on New Year's Day, …