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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.


Veterans Day

Veterans' Day is celebrated each year on November 11th. Veterans' Day was originally known Armistice Day, because it commemorates the symbolic end of World War I on November 11 1918. On this day, at the the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month", the Allies signed an armistice with Germany at Rethondes, France, effectively ending the hostilities on the Western Front.

This exhibit in honor of Veterans Day documents the participation of local communities in the First World War.


Winter approaches once again and we prepare ourselves for the increasing cold, the threat of snow, shorter days and longer nights. Will this winter be the "coldest ever" or the "snowiest on record?" Only time will tell, but we can keep things in perspective by remembering winters past.

This exhibit celebrates winter with all its beauty and power, along with the festivity and exhuberance that it generates, through images and news accounts from years past.

Presidents Day

The holiday now popularly known as Presidents' Day is celebrated each year on the third Monday in February. However, this holiday is still officially designated as Washington's Birthday, in honor of our first President.

This exhibit celebrates the connections of many of our nation's presidents to Massachusetts and, more specifically, to the North Shore of Boston, through images and text.

Spring is Here

Spring in New England. It is always welcomed, though sometimes passes through so quickly we barely have time to fully appreciate its offerings. Spring invites us to step outside, to start moving, and to come alive once again. This exhibit depicts some traditional signs of Spring from a local perspective. Enjoy!

Summer, at Last

Ah, summer. There is no better place to spend it than on the North Shore. This area has long been a popular summer playground, with its beaches, hotels, parks, and an infinite variety of outdoor activities. Take a historical tour of many places we still enjoy today and remember some establishments that are gone, but not forgotten.

Labor Day