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The Museum is fortunate to have a dedicated team of volunteers that are committed to our mission of furthering the knowledge and enjoyment of Cape Ann History and Art. Check back for posts from the CAM docents themselves!

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Girl’s Education in early New England: School Girl Art

By CAM Docent, Trudi Olivetti During the 1640s, Massachusetts enacted a law that all towns with 50 households or more would support a public school. As was the case with several jurisdictions fitting that criterion, Gloucester’s households were too far apart for one school. There was likely some private instruction with paid tutors. By 1696 the … Continue reading “Girl’s Education in early New England: School Girl Art”

From Tragedy to Beauty: Thacher Island and the Fresnel Lens

As an occasional “lighthouse keeper” on Thacher Island, CAM Docent, Suellen Wedmore shares her enthusiasm for both this beautiful island of 50 acres, the site of the only operating twin lighthouses in America, and for the stunning Fresnel lens, “the invention that saved a million ships,” now beautifully housed in the Cape Ann Museum: Those … Continue reading “From Tragedy to Beauty: Thacher Island and the Fresnel Lens”

Tribute to Michael McKinnell, artist and architect, 1935-2020

By CAM Docent, Bonnie Sontag Michael McKinnell was first recognized as an architect and designer of Boston’s City Hall, an example of “Modernist” or “Brutalist” architecture. The image below shows the box-like, poured concrete structure that has been hailed as “beautiful” and “ugly”, sometimes by the same person! He said: “in architecture, I’ve always been … Continue reading “Tribute to Michael McKinnell, artist and architect, 1935-2020”

The Virtual Shorts blog is the place to go to find content from the Cape Ann Museum’s incredibly knowledgable and passionate group of Docents. This page features write-ups and research by this dedicated crew.