Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Beverly Historical Society

  • Beverly, MA
  • www.beverlyhistory.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Society is to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate Beverly's regional history.

Main Programs

  1. 17th Century Saturdays
  2. Old Planters Reunion
  3. Digging up the Past: An Introduction to Archaeology
  4. The Global Highway: How the Sea Connected Beverly to the World
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Primary audiences are Beverly, MA and Essex County residents. Genealogical services for national and international visitors with Essex County roots.

ruling year

1943

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Ms. Susan Goganian

Keywords

Self-reported

Beverly, History, research, Old Planters, Balch, Hale, Cabot, Historical Society, Genealogy, maritime, transportation

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EIN

04-2237789

 Number

0219607167

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Society accomplishes its mission through the preservation and interpretation of three historic sites, the Balch House, Hale Farm, and the Cabot House, and a museum collection of nearly a million items that is made available to scholars, teachers, students and the public through exhibits, programs, and research opportunities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

17th Century Saturdays

A collaborative program with other sites in Essex County that promotes visitation to 17th century historic sites, many of which are not open regularly. Both the Balch House and the Hale House, two of the Society's historic sites, participate in this program on the first Saturday of the month, June - October

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Old Planters Reunion

A biennial gathering of those descended from Beverly's 17th century families, and those interested in that history. The event is centered around the Balch Family Meeting, which invites descendants of John Balch, one of Beverly's first residents, to stay connected to the Balch House and contribute to its support. Other programs during the reunion include lectures, walking tours, tours of privately-owned First Period homes, and research and networking opportunities.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 3

Digging up the Past: An Introduction to Archaeology

This 3rd grade program begins with a discussion of early European settlement on the North Shore, focusing on the history of the 17thcentury Balch House and an archaeological dig done at the site in 1998. Archaeological terms and procedures are explained. Small groups of students then perform their own "digs" in "pits" provided by the museum educator. Each "pit" contains an actual historic artifact that can be examined, identified in resource material, and dated. This program includes a visit to the Balch House. Massachusetts State Learning standards: 3.2, 3.4, 3.9, 3.11, 3.12 Concepts and Skills: # 3 Observe and describe local or regional historic artifacts

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$150.00

Program 4

The Global Highway: How the Sea Connected Beverly to the World

From the very beginning of settlement along the Atlantic Ocean, Beverly interacted with the world. Fishing and whaling vessels returned to port with their catch; merchant vessels carried this and other local products like timber and rum to countries around the globe. Beverly men talked about a voyage to the Mediterranean, or Calcutta, or Hong-Kong as if it were not much more than going to the next village. So many local men were mariners that it was natural during wartime to serve on the water. From the American Revolution through the Civil War, Beverly men were active participants in naval operations. This exhibit gives us a glimpse into the maritime life of Beverly natives between 1775 and 1875, and their connections with the world. Sponsored by the Salem Marine Society. Exhibit on view through December 2014

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$2,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Primary audiences are Beverly, MA and Essex County residents. Genealogical services for national and international visitors with Essex County roots.

Funding Needs

Preservation funds are needed for the Society's three nationally significant sites, as well as conservation funds for some of the items in our collection. Operating funds are critically needed to provide staffing for additional visitation hours, as well as for additional library research time.

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BEVERLY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Beverly Historical Society

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Susan Goganian

BIO

Professional Experience Director, Beverly Historical Society 2008- Present Director Programs and Operations, The Boston Harbor Association 2007-2008 The Bostonian Society 1996 - 2007 Site Director 2000 - 2007 Director of Public Programs and Education 1996 - 2007 Adjunct professor, Suffolk University 2005 - present Instructor, Northeastern University 2000 - 2004, 2007 Education Northeastern University, M.A. History University of Maine, B. S. Business Administration Professional Affiliations AASLH Historic House Network, Co-ChairBeverly Main Streets, Board of DirectorsBoston Creates Leadership CouncilBoston Harborfest, Board of Directors, 2010-2013 Boston Landmarks Commission Boston Women's Heritage Trail Essex National Heritage Commission Fort Point Channel District Commission Massachusetts Historical Society, Fellow MYTOWN, Board of Directors, 1999-2006

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Dan Lohnes

Essex Alarm and Security

Term: Mar 2014 - Mar 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?


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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?