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On view at the Cape Ann Museum from March 31 to September 9, 2018, Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann Before 1900  was the first major exhibition to bring together historical and archival material from nine Cape Ann institutions. Curated by CAM Director of the Library and Archives Dr. Molly Hardy, the exhibition--in the gallery, then in a full color catalog, and finally online--illuminates the area’s wideranging stories from Native American life to the first European settlers in the 1640s, the temperance movement, African American history and civil rights, women’s history, the advent of railroad and mass transportation as well as work, literary, and cultural life during Cape Ann’s early years. Please explore the exhibition thematically or browse it through a number of different categories.  And also learn more about the nine local histories collections that contributed archival material represented in the exhibition.

The Cape Ann Museum would like to acknowledge the Tadler Family Internship, which funded the work of Peggy Calkins, Master's student at Simmons School of Library & Information Science, first as a research assistant and then as an online exhibition project assistant.