Annisquam Historical Society

34 Leonard Street, Gloucester, MA. Photograph by Steve Rosenthal


The Annisquam Historical Society (AHS) views its purpose as follows, to:

Collect, preserve, and exhibit historical artifacts and data of local significance from prehistory to the present; to interpret the history and traditions of the Annisquam community for the enjoyment and enlightenment of residents and visitors. Additionally, AHS endeavors to share the rich historical tapestry of Annisquam to thereby engage members of the community in the ongoing stewardship of a unique place.

The AHS collection brings the distinctive history of the village and of Cape Ann to life and includes archival materials, works of fine art, furniture, past generations’ everyday household items, clothing and books and serialized publications. A rare Concord stagecoach is of particular note, as are the hundreds of glass plate negatives, among which are the works of Martha Hale Harvey. Centuries-old ships’ captains’ logs, correspondence amongst prominent figures from Cape Ann’s past, property deeds and family histories make up the bulk of the archival collection, which dates back to the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It also includes records of the Third Parish and its meetinghouse (1728), now the Annisquam Village Church, as well as those of community organizations and reform groups.

To increase accessibility, a digitization program has been initiated. The first phase of the program, a project with the Boston Public Library that uploads documents to Digital Commonwealth, was completed last summer. The summer of 2017 also saw the launch of an exhibit on Annisquam and World War I. Mounting regular shows that link the collection and important moments in history is an integral part of the Society’s long-term plan.

The AHS collection is housed in the old Deluge 8 Firehouse, located adjacent to the picturesque and centuries-old Village Hall and the old Leonard School (now the Annisquam Exchange and Annisquam Art Gallery) in the village center. It operates under the aegis of the Annisquam Village Hall Association (AVHA), a 501c(3)organization acting as an agent of the Annisquam Association, Inc.

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