mission statement is as follows: "The purpose of the Danvers
Historical society shall be to acquire an maintain a museum, library
and historical structures an places in order to collect objects
of historical significance to Danvers since it earliest habitation;
to preserve and restore the collection in accordance with current
professional museum standards; to conduct active research and documentation
of Danvers history to support exhibition, education and publication
programs directed to the widest possible audience; and to contribute
to the community by advocating its historical interest and cooperating
with other historical organizations."
the Danvers Historical Society’s educational goal is to connect
Danvers’ youth with their local history. Through these connections, the
Society aims to encourage today’s youth to preserve their heritage for
Our 28th year of conducting the History
Week Program with Danvers Public Schools engaged the entire 3rd Grade
in comparing 2013 personal possessions with 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 asked them if they would donate an
object to represent their childhood and how an object today might be
changed by 2063.
The students' exhibit was displayed at Tapley
Hall and they brought families and friends to see the exhibit and
share their learning experience. 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. Next year, 3rd graders
will research 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.
“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.”