Browse Exhibits (14 total)

Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, Mass.


In 1830 nearly 100 Gloucester residents met and formed the Gloucester Lyceum. The purpose of the organization was to bring community members together to participate in lectures and debates which fostered ideas and information. The Lyceum inevitably led to the formation of a library. Through the generous donations of Samuel Sawyer, a local businessman and philanthropist, the library collections and building were acquired. The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library is the literary and cultural center of the city. The library has a collection of over 100,000 items, a wide variety of programs and cultural events, and a friendly, service-oriented staff. The library reaches near and far, both in the library and with our wireless internet access, online databases, and digital collections.


Explore Gloucester and Cape Ann by topic or browse the Sawyer Free Library's collections.


Special Exhibits


These exhibits highlight aspects of our shared local history by bringing together resources from all contributing libraries to describe and illustrate popular themes. These themes may focus on areas of social history, such as labor or on "common" issues, such as the changing of seasons, so important in the New England region.
We will debut new exhibits periodically, so please check back.


Swampscott Public Library


Swampscott, Mass. was first settled in 1629 as part of the city of Lynn and was officially incorporated in 1852. The town has a population of approximately 15,000 and is three square miles in size.
Swampscott was originally a fishing village and during the early twentieth century became a desirable resort destination with many fine hotels along its beaches.

Please select a collection from the Swampscott Public Library's digital history resources or search by topic.


Winthrop Public Library

The town of Winthrop, Massachusetts is a community of 18,000 residents approximately 10 miles north of Boston. Winthrop was settled in 1630 by John Winthrop, the second governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The Deane Winthrop House, once owned by Governor Winthrop's son, is the oldest continually occupied home in the country. Winthrop was annexed by Boston in 1632. In 1739, what are now the cities of Chelsea, Revere and Winhrop seceded from Boston to form Chelsea. In 1852, Winthrop was incorporated as a town.