Mission Statement:

The Danvers Historical Society is dedicated to promoting the rich history of the original Salem Village and the Town of Danvers through preservation and the creation of engaging programs. The Society aims to inspire individuals to join this mission, and create partnerships with those that share our dedication, so that together we can have a direct and positive impact on the local community, economy, and generations to come.  - Adopted January 1, 1889; Restated October 25, 2018

Today, the Danvers Historical Society’s educational goal is to connect Danvers’ youth with their local history. Through these connections, the Society aims to encourage today’s youth to preserve their heritage for future generations.

Danvers Historical Society Trustees voted to endorse the
Community Preservation Act.
Learn more at: communitypreservationdanvers.org
Be sure to VOTE in the General Elections, Danvers High School, Tuesday, Nov. 8th

These local assets do not receive any regular Town or State funding:
    Rebecca Nurse Homestead, Danvers Alarm List
    Judge Holten House, Daughters of the American Revolution
    Jeremiah Page House, Danvers Historical Society
    Tapley Memorial Hall, Danvers Historical Society
    Gen. Putnam Homestead, Danvers Historical Society
    Glen Magna Farms, Danvers Historical Society
    Derby Summer House, Danvers Historical Society
    Williams School, Danvers Art Association
    Swampwalk, Volunteer Committee
    Rail Trail, Volunteer Committee

Nothing is a SURE THING without YOU!
Help us secure a $50,000 Pledge from the State Preservation Commission. We will lose this opportunity to begin restoration of the National Historic Landmark, Derby Summer House if we do not MATCH the State’s pledge. Please donate here.

Our 28th year of conducting the History Week Program with Danvers Public Schools engaged the entire 3rd Grade in comparing 2013 personal possessions with historical artifacts in the Society’s collections.  We introduced students to the concept of why we have historical societies and why we preserve small objects as well as buildings for the future generations.  Students also thought about 50 years from now and asked them if they would donate an object to represent their childhood and how an object today might be changed by 2063.
The students' exhibit was displayed at Tapley Hall and they brought families and friends to see the exhibit and share their learning experience. The students enjoyed looking at old maps and old photographs while comparing Danvers in the 1800s to now. The students enjoyed looking at historical objects and especially the ones they could touch.

Teacher evaluation response was high and feedback will be used to continually improve the program. Next year, 3rd graders will research invention, design, composition, and use of predecessors to their current personal items. They will then have an easier time identifying some of the historical objects. Overall, the teachers gave the program the highest score of "5" out of "5".  All teachers raved about the mapping activity.

Teacher comments:
~  “I’d just like to thank you for all of the time and hard work you put into developing an interesting and informational program for our students. It is greatly appreciated!”
~  “This was the best year so far.  The kids were engaged and it moved along nicely.  Thank you!”
~  “My students had a great day!  Thank you for all of your work to make this field trip memorable for students.”