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Current Exhibits

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Set at Liberty

Stories of the Enslaved in a New England Town

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 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

"The Story of the Revolution" in Beverly

All 45 paintings now on view!

In 1898, Henry Cabot Lodge published his book, “The Story of the Revolution” in which he tells the history of the Revolutionary War. For this two volume book, Lodge commissioned a handful of artists to create images illustrating visual content for specific passages in the book.

These select artists did not draw or illustrate the images that Lodge requested, instead, they painted the images in full; paying attention to every detail in their brushstrokes.

Drawn entirely from the Historic Beverly collection, “The Story of the Revolution” in Beverly brings together the first edition of Lodge’s book and two dozen of the original paintings that were commissioned for the publication.

Open at the Cabot House through December 19, 2020, the “Story of the Revolution” in Beverly exhibit explores the artists, the text and the history of the time of the Revolutionary War in Beverly and the Nation.


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