Our Collections     

Tapley Memorial Hall, built in 1930, houses the Society’s large and varied local history collections.

The DHS collections are diverse and contain some remarkable artifacts. The DHS also holds an extensive collection of textiles, including a rare early 19th-century corset stay.

Hours and Tours

Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street, is open for special exhibits and can be opened during office hours, Thursday and Friday. Please check our events page for updated exhibits at Tapley Hall.

Tapley Memorial Hall a unique setting for showers, concerts, lectures, cocktail receptions, holiday parties and other special events.

For information about holding your event at Tapley Hall, please click here.

Collections On-Line

As part of Danvers High School’s Senior Internship program, the Society’s Come Grow With Us program welcomed Apollo Mooney and Alexandra Gagnon to the Page Street Campus to research artifacts in our collections at Tapley Memorial Hall and the Jeremiah Page House. Both programs provide students with a real world, career-oriented experience. Apollo and Alexandra, having an interest in pursuing history in their future studies, chose a wide range of artifacts. Their narratives and photos will be seen here and on the Society’s facebook and instagram feeds. They also exhibited some artifacts at their High School Internship Showcase. We welcome everyone to share their knowledge with us!

Sabre and Scabbard, Accession #-1908.2.26 A-B

~~ Apollo Moony, Danvers High School 2019

This sword was given to the Society in 1908, having previously belonged to General F. S. Dodge. The blade itself has bright and dull finishes, and is engraved with an eagle which says “E pluribus Unum” (“out of many, one”)  underneath each of the wings. The design differs from that of Civil War blades, being narrower than those used during the war. The blade is marked near the hilt with “Henry V. Allien, New York”, implying that the blade was made by Henry V. Allien and Co.

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The sword and the scabbard have a nickel finish with a horn hand grip. Added on there is a black and gold tassel which was the officer’s motif. The gold and black tassel is knotted at the end, creating a decorative piece to add to the sword’s hilt. This sword would have been used up until the end of WWI. This sword has been identified by process of elimination, due to the fact that there was no tag. General Dodge would have been the only one to have given the Society regular army gear dating up to his death in 1908 (there are several pieces in the collection).

Born in Danvers on September 11, 1842, Dodge served in the Civil War as Private and Corporal, 23rd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, October 9, 1861-December 19, 1863. He was appointed First Lieutenant, United States Colored Cavalry, December 20, 1863, and then promoted through the ranks to Brigadier General, January 23, 1904. He retired by operation of law on September 11, 1906. He was breveted February 27, 1890 for action against hostile Indians at Colorado, September 29-October 1, 1879. He received the Medal of Honor on March 22, 1898, for “most distinguished gallantry” against Indians near White River Agency, Colorado, October 2, 1879. He served in North and South Carolina, 1861-63; in Virginia, 1863-64; Texas, 1864-65, and after the Civil War at various posts throughout the West.

Henry V. Allien was born in 1814 In Brooklyn New York. He began his commercial career as an employee of the old firm of Brugiere & Allien, silk importers of Hanover-Square, the junior member of which was his elder brother. Afterward, he was with Jacquelin & Allien, in the same line, and eventually he became the New York representative of William H. Horstmann & Co. of Philadelphia, the pioneer silk manufacturers of this country. Then he founded the house of Henry V. Allien & Co., of which he remained the head up to the time of his death. Mr. Allien was at one time a member of the old Light Guard.

~~ Apollo Moony, Danvers High School 2019

Sword with Tassle
Sword with Eagle Engraved

Wood Souvenir from Parris House,  Accession #-DH326

~~ Alexandra Gagnon, Danvers High School 2019

The above object is a engraved piece of wood that is from Reverend Parris household. The stick is engraved with a witch on a broom and three spikes. The writing says “The Salem Witch Trials 1692” and “This wood is from the house of Parson Paris”.

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The reason why it’s from the Parris household is because that’s where the whole witch trials started. The house isn’t standing anymore but the cellar is still there but in that very cellar is where Parris’ daughter Betty and her cousin Abigail Williams first accused their slave Tituba of being a witch.

The girls started experiencing strange fits and complaining of pain in February of 1692, Tituba and her husband John helped a neighbor named Mary Sibley bake a witch cake, a cake made from rye meal and the afflicted girl’s urine, and fed it to a dog hoping it would reveal the name of whoever bewitched the girls. The girl’s “symptoms” took a turn for the worse and just a few weeks after the incident they accused Tituba, Sarah Good and Sarah Osburn of bewitching them. The three women were promptly arrested.

The Salem Witch Trials would have ended with those three arrests but the events of Tituba’s examination by Judge John Hathorne in March sparked a massive witch hunt, in the end more than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft (the Devil’s magic) and 20 were executed.

The people who were wrongly executed were: Bridget Bishop (Age: 50s),  Sarah Good (Age: 39), Elizabeth Howe (Age: 57), Susannah Martin (Age: 71), Rebecca Nurse (Age: 71), Sarah Wildes (Age: 65), Reverend George Burroughs (Age: 40s), Martha Carrier (Age: 33), John Willard (Age: about 30), George Jacobs Sr (Age: 72), John Proctor (Age: 61), Alice Parker (Age: unknown), Mary Parker (Age: about 40), Ann Pudeator (Age: 70s), Wilmot Redd (Age: unknown), Margaret Scott (Age: 77), Samuel Wardwell (Age: 49), Martha Corey (Age: 72), Mary Easty (Age: 58), Giles Corey (Age: 71)

Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted.

~~ Alexandra Gagnon, Danvers High School 2019

Wood from Parris House, Danvers
Wood From Rev Parris House

Artifact C

Mrs xxxx   elative.

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The   xxxx   eth. ~~ Amy Driscoll, BA, Franklin Pierce 2018

Danvers Falcons

Artifact D

Mrs xxxx   elative.

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The   xxxx   eth. ~~ Amy Driscoll, Danvers High School 2014

Danvers Falcons