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Programming at Danvers Historical Society    

Overview - Educational - Community


Danvers Historical Society’s educational goal is to connect Danvers’ youth and adults with their local history. Through these connections, the Society aims to encourage today’s youth to preserve their heritage for future generations. To support these goals, please donate!


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Discover Danvers Rountable  Funded by   MassHumanities
SSU student 2019Artifacts come to life through the eyes of volunteer researchers with audience participation in a moderated discussion. Participants will be able to carefully handle and closely view 4 to 6 objects from the Society's collections. 2018 Session Photos and Brochure

2019 Session presentation April 18th 7pm
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street
Contact: (978) 777-1666
Donations gratefully accepted for educational programming

Danvers CarrotHistory Week Program

Thank you from a student here

2019 marks our 33rd year   

Sheila Cooke-Kayser  

Your donations will fund new interactive experiences and an exhibit focusing on historical artifacts children have used for over 125 years.
Each year in early June, Danvers 3rd graders  visit Tapley Hall and the Page House to explore artifacts and primary documents including an 1852 Danvers’ map and old photographs. 

Photographs by Jason Baker
In 2015, as part of our 125th anniversary celebration, the Danvers Historical Society enhanced its popular 30-year old history education program which is offered annually to nearly 300 third graders in the public school system. Working with curriculum coordinators, the Society added more hands-on activities and problem solving experiences that meet current social studies curriculum standards. Much of the implementation is conducted in collaboration with an expanded array of local partner organizations.

In 2016, our 30th year of the History Week Program with Danvers Public Schools engaged the entire 3rd Grade in comparing their personal possessions to 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 we asked them if they would donate an object to represent their childhood and how an object today might be changed by 2066.

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. 3rd graders research the 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.”


Mentoring Students & Young Adults with "Come Grow With Us"  
Grows studentPartnering with local educational institutions, the Society provides vocational training to young adults of all abilities in archiving, data entry, event planning, exhibit creation, horticulture, landscaping, property management, and research. 

"Come Grow With Us" is also open to adults of ALL ABILITIES. Please contact with your inquiry. Thank you!

Our partners include, but are not limited to:

CCAP (College & Career Access Project) Program -  Students in Collaboration with NS Comm College & NorhtEastARC Supporting Skilled Young Adults with Disabilities - post high school
Cub Scouts of America
Danvers High School Life Skills II Training Program
Danvers High School Senior Honors Internship Program
Danvers High School Transitional Program
Embark Program: North Shore education consortium located at Salem State University 
Endicott College
Girl Scouts  of America
Masconomet Regional High School
Northshore Community College
Plumfield Academy of Danvers 
Salem State University - Art History: Arts in America
SEEM Collaborative (Special Education Educators Mutual) of Wakefield

Our newsest effort will afford the groups above a year-round learning facility at Glen Magna Farms. Learn more and donate here

Thank you to Essex National Heritage for the Partnership Matching Grant Essex National Heritage

and to People's United Bank for their grant to nuture our programming! BLOG NEWS

Monthly Speaker Series
Guest Speakers present a wide variety of topics on the 3rd Thursday of every month. Check details.

Tea & History
Tea samplings with a short presentation on related historical figures at the Danvers Historical Society's Jeremiah Page House. Previous programs have included the varieties of tea that George and Martha would have graciously served at Mount Vernon. Learn about the Washingtons’ personal and dining habits, including the important role that tea played in Colonial America and how it set the table for the Page House's own historic tea party.

The tea program has been presented by Lisa Steigerwalt, local tea educator and George Washington enthusiast and served by DHS members.

Discover Salem Village: From Hysteria to Heroes
In partnership with Danvers Alarm List, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Preservation Commission, the Society will have the Page House and Tapley Memorial Hall open every 2nd Friday of each month. Rebecca Nurse Homestead and Judge Samuel Holton House will also be open during these hours. 

    "We were very impressed at the extent of the knowledge of the tour guides we met during the day. We learned so much not only about each individual family, but also about that time period in our history."           
                     - Sue & Marge, both teachers from New Hampshire 

Check back often for developments in the program, exhibits and properties featured.  

Glen Magna Garden Tours
Visitors are welcome to tour the Gardens from 9am until dusk, Monday through Friday. Saturday & Sunday from 9am to 12 noon, unless otherwise posted for a private event. A $2.00 donation is appreciated for self-guided tours of the grounds only.

Seasonal group guided tours (20 or more) are available by appointment; please call 978-774-9165 for reservations and prices.

Seasonal guided lunch tour (10 person minimum) of the house and gardens is offered May - October, and includes a boxed lunch. Reservations required by the previous Friday, please call 978-774-9165. Cost $20 per person. Wednesdays only, 11AM, rain or shine.

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Keeping the Stories Alive  is an initiative that preserves Danvers history for future generations through the collection of personal memories, stories, and pictures of Danvers life.

View stories:
   52 Centre Street; Glen Magna Farms 1950s; Route 1 Cow Tunnel; Townie's History; Just Youngsters; Life on a Danvers Farm;

We invite you to
•    Share memories and stories of family, special friendships, and traditions
•    Share pictures of events, holidays, vacations, and places in town you cherish the most
•    Recount sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that made a moment special
•    Recapture the moments of the heart that brought joy and happiness into your life
•    Create a glimpse into the Danvers you remember

Yes!   I want to submit my “story” for  Keeping The Stories Alive

Parade of Trees

Since 2009, the Society has ushered in the holiday season with the annual Parade of Trees at Tapley Memorial Hall. More than 1,500 people visit the display each year. Imaginative holiday tree and wreath designs are created and donated by area businesses, residents and community groups, each in its own unique theme and style with gifts and decorations. They are on display for six days and raffled off the weekend of the Downtown Holiday Festival. The week is full of various special events including music, ornament decorating, story hours, demonstrations and the Polar Express reading complete with a live Conductor and hot chocolate!

Donors can have some fun, meet new people and make a difference in the community! People from all over the North Shore attend this event and look forward to viewing these creative works of art and enjoy the talent of local entertainers.  Proceeds from the raffle will support the Danvers Historical Society’s education and preservation mission. From grade school curriculum through advanced internships to a speaker series, the Danvers Historical Society provides programs directed to the widest possible audience.

If you are unable to commit to a decorated tree or wreath this year, please consider donating gift certificates that we may add to other trees or wreaths and advertise your business for you!  Any donation is much appreciated and no donation is too small.   LEARN how to participate here.

Trails & Sails            EssexNationalHeritage                                                                
The Society presents a unique lecture, tour, program or concert as a participant in Essex National Heritage Commission's county-wide Trails & Sails program. Learn more.

Harmony Hot Dogs & Hits
The Historical Society’s annual part in Danvers' Family Festival Week:
What could be more Americana than hot dogs, root beer floats, vintage baseball and classic rock rock'n'roll? Enjoy a fun summer evening on the picturesque grounds of historic Glen Magna Farms. Hot dogs, drinks and ice cream will be sold. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and spend time listening to live music on Endicott mansion's veranda and watching vintage baseball, circa 1859. Crafts and a movie at dusk. Don’t miss the fabulous root beer floats! 

No coolers or pets, please. A small donation per adult is gratefully appreciated.

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