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Upcoming Events

Come to Our 2024 Lectures

  • Mushrooms of the 1661 Cemetery: From Death to Life
    Mushrooms of the 1661 Cemetery: From Death to Life
    Thu, Feb 29
    First Parish Community Hall
    Feb 29, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    First Parish Community Hall, 1 Chapel Ln, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, USA
    Feb 29, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    First Parish Community Hall, 1 Chapel Ln, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, USA
    Local mycologist Gary Gilbert will speak on the history of the 1661 cemetery, it’s inhabitants, and the relationships between the woodlands there and their fungi in this old pastureland turned burial ground.
  • Graverobbing, Harvard's Medical School, and Chebacco Parish
    Graverobbing, Harvard's Medical School, and Chebacco Parish
    Thu, Mar 28
    First Parish Community Hall
    Mar 28, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    First Parish Community Hall, 1 Chapel Ln, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, USA
    Mar 28, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    First Parish Community Hall, 1 Chapel Ln, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, USA
    Historian Rob Fitzgibbon tells the chilling story of Dr. Thomas Sewall, the nineteenth-century Harvard-educated Essex physician charged with grave robbing. Rob will dig into the practice of "Resurrection Men," Sewall's defense attorney Daniel Webster, and the case's curious connection to MBTS.
  • America’s First Millionaires: The China Traders of Essex County
    America’s First Millionaires: The China Traders of Essex County
    Thu, Apr 25
    First Parish Community Hall
    Apr 25, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    First Parish Community Hall, 1 Chapel Ln, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, USA
    Apr 25, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    First Parish Community Hall, 1 Chapel Ln, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, USA
    Ipswich writer Doug Stewart will discuss Manchester-by-the-Sea’s fascinating connections to the China Trade, highlighting local shipmasters, a spectacular shipwreck, and retired opium traders who built mansions here.
  • Sharksmouth: A Brief History of the Longfellow, Dana, and Curtis Families in Nineteenth-Century Manchester
    Sharksmouth: A Brief History of the Longfellow, Dana, and Curtis Families in Nineteenth-Century Manchester
    Thu, Jun 27
    First Parish Community Hall
    Jun 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    First Parish Community Hall, 1 Chapel Ln, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, USA
    Jun 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    First Parish Community Hall, 1 Chapel Ln, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, USA
    Arthur Shurcliff, a direct descendant of the original Curtis family, will provide an intimate account of a fascinating Manchester family.

Free for members, join now. $15 per lecture for non-members, pay at the door.

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