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Wish You Were Here: A Sampling of Essex Postcards

Harriet’s Store & Soda Fountain, Essex EHS’ collections contain a wealth of paper-based objects that help inform our understanding of life in Essex’s three villages from the 17th century through the present. Letters, diaries, ledgers, ship manifests and probate inventories document this River Valley town, providing insight into the major…

Remembering Dark Days: An Heirloom Newspaper Details the Lincoln Assassination

Exhibit ideas often arise from unusual places. EHS benefits from two fine historic sites, but lacks a traditional gallery space for rotating exhibits. However, we are fortunate to maintain two large exhibit cases within Essex Public Library to host small scale exhibits on topical themes with guest curators, such as…

If Walls Could Talk: Essex’s “Concealment Shoe”

Essex’s “concealment shoe” may date back to the early 19th century. A recent discovery within the walls of a local home shed new light on folk practices in early 19th century life in Essex Village. Courtney Becher and Luke Patterson bought their 18th century home on Grove Street this summer…