CAM Director of Library & Archives Molly O’Hagan Hardy calls upon local archival collections to trace how Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who had yet to visit the area when “The Wreck of the Hesperus” (1840) was written, inadvertently became Cape Ann’s greatest tourist ambassador. Offered in conjunction with Unfolding Histories.
Free for CAM members / $10 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Museum galleries will be open until 7:00 p.m.
(above, left) Cover of sheet music for John J. Blockley and H. W. Longfellow, “The Wreck of the Hesperus” (Baltimore: Miller and Beacham, n.d.), courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society; (right) Stereopticon Cards showing views of Norman’s Woe, Gloucester, ca. 1880. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.