The Opening Reception for the new exhibit at the Marblehead Museum will take place on Thursday, March 17 from 6 to 8 pm at the Museum Galleries. The theme of the exhibit is Marblehead and the Grand Banks, featuring paintings and photographs that illustrate the fishing traditions that defined Marblehead for over 200 years. Fishing schooners from Marblehead made their way to the Grand Banks on a regular basis. Early crews fished with hand-lines from the decks of their vessels, but fishing from dories eventually took over as the most efficient way to catch fish. When the ships anchored on the Banks, the dories, each with one or two men, would set off daily to fish for giant cod and halibut. When the hold was full, the catch was brought back to Marblehead to be salted and dried on fish flakes around the town.
The exhibit will continue through June, allowing school children visiting the Marblehead Museum and the Lee Mansion the opportunity to learn about Marblehead’s fishing trade. The Museum has drawn on its photo archives, as well as paintings of the Grand Banks by J.O.J. Frost to explain the fishing trade. Admission to the exhibit is free. The Marblehead Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10am to 4pm. On June 1, the Museum and the Lee Mansion will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. For more information, please visit marbleheadmuseum.org or call 781-631-1768.