Help Restore the Derby Summer House!

Registered National Historic Landmark Derby Summer House – Please help us MATCH a $50,0000 pledge from the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Please donate today by mailing your donation to Danvers Historical Society, Derby Summer House, PO Box 381, Danvers, MA 01923. Or, you may donate using PAYPAL.
Thank you for your support!
We lose this source of funds if we do not MATCH the Commonwealth’s pledge.

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We are getting closer to our MATCH thanks to our donors:

$5,000 or more
Maryann and Donald Kowalski
David McIntire
North Shore Bank

$1,000 or more
Sheila Cooke-Kayser
Linda Coulson
Cheryl Dyment
Karen and Thomas Guidi
Selina Little
David P. McKenna
Martha and Thomas Page
Mollie and O.D. Taylor
Ann Thoron Hale

$100 or more
Ingrid and Tom Barry
Mary Gordon
Louann and Gregory Basillio
Beth Beringer
Trudy Cullen
Kate Day
Maria and Jim Dobbins
Bruce Eaton
Gail Eaton
Myrna Fearer
Janice Flynn
Ann and Bill Fouhey
Susan Goldsmith
Marion Graves
Alan Hartnett
Phyllis Jones
Sandra Lane
Jean Lewis
Edna McLaughlin
Audrey and Roger Michaud
Terry and Michael E. Morris
Kevin Riley
Martin Rogosa
Eleanor Ross
Kathy and Jim Sheridan
Gretchen Sinnett and Joe McMaster
Sharon Taskey
Peter & Gail Torkildsen
George Watson
Nathan Dane Woodbury
Carla VanBennekom

$500 or more
Roger and Valerie Carmody
Ann Thoron Hale
Marjorie Huse
Richard and Christine Moody
Marian and George Saluto
Debbi and Kevin Tierney
Richard and Ethel Trask

$250 or more
Martha and Ralph Ardiff
Mark Brennan
Paula and Don Gates
John and Joline Hentschel
Christine and Anthony S. Patton
Hugh Williams

We are getting closer to our goal !
Linda Bouchard
Barbara & Robert Coleman
Marsha Coogan
John Doyle
Sue Dropo
Bobbie Gifford
Jonathan Gilbert
Sheila Moulton and Kevin Kelly
Sally Kerans
Philip Krajewski
Peter LaChapelle,
Fraternity Lodge #118 IOOF
Diane Langlais
Corinne Manning
Kay Maurice
Mary and Kevin McCarthy
Paul Meinerth
Kathryn Morris
Eileen Orlando
Robert and Jacqueline Pariseau
Pamela and Steven Porter
Lorraine Robinson
Eileen Russell
Norma and Robert Sosnowski
MaryAnn and David Tapparo
Joan and Emery Todd
Diana Topjian
Kristen Webb
Sidney Williams

2017 Annual Appeal 

The Danvers Historical Society is a Treasure Chest of stories to be told. Join the Society’s Trustees, staff, and volunteers, to open up this Treasure Chest for you, the Danvers school children, all those who live in Danvers, college students from all over the North Shore, and visitors from around the world.

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In this, the Society’s 126th year, the Society is being reborn with new educational and preservation programs which nurture present and future programming while safeguarding the collections of national class historic properties, over 16,000 antiques and more than 100,000 photos, journals, posters and other printed materials — each of which has an interesting and unique story eager to be told.

Today, the Trustees of your Society ask you to join with them in supporting the Society Sustaining Fund. It needs your generous support in whatever amount you can give to sustain the Society’s day to day operations.

The Trustees and Staff values our connection with you. Please join in the excitement of discovering and telling all these stories of our rich heritage. ~ Thank you ~


Planned Giving.

Description of planned giving program.

Contact info to set up planned giving.

Yes, I want to GROW membership in my Danvers Historical Society!

Your support allows us, in your name, to ensure the survival of Danvers cultural history by providing quality educational and community programs in unique settings. Your membership dues will make this possible.

If you not wish to submit your Membership via our safe online application, please download the Membership Application/Renewal form by clicking here to download.

Complete the form providing us with the information requested.

Email, mail, or bring the completed application to the Danvers Historical Society as specified on the application.

Membership Types

How to Volunteer

Volunteers are always needed at Danvers Historical Society!

You can help us no matter what your skill level. Some of the places we always need help are in the office, helping with the collections or gardening up at Glen Magna Farms. You can check our events page for particular events that need volunteers. Please call the office to sign up, or to obtain further information.

3rd Grade History Week program needs you!
Please contact us to participate.


Collections Interns
Danvers Historical Society is seeking applicants for Collections Internships. Based in historic Danvers, MA, formerly Salem Village, the society is custodian of five historic properties including the Derby Summer House National Historic Landmark.

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  • Goals: Interns will work with a nationally significant collection of over 12,000 items, to catalog and photograph items and enter records into PastPerfect.
  • Other Duties: They will also assist staff in the development of educational programming, site tours, and fundraising events. Other projects are available depending on the candidates’ skills and interests.
  • Required Skills: Previous volunteer work with historical organizations preferred with a basic knowledge of museum practice, collections management, art history, material culture, or equivalent.
  • Commitment: A minimum of 40 hours between April and December. A minimum of three hours per day is needed. Mondays and Fridays are preferable.

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