Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum Inc.

  • Essex, MA
  • WWW.ESSEXSHIPBUILDINGMUSEUM.org

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum is to provide a center for education, preservation, and study, of traditional Essex shipbuilding and the Community that supported it. We value the skills, creativity, learning abilities, and connectedness to their environment of the Essex Shipbuilders and we believe that building a clear understanding and appreciation of their unique craftsmanship serves as a valuable model for us today.

Main Programs

  1. Education Program
  2. Interpretive Tours
  3. Community Programs
  4. Classes
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Primary focus of the Musuem is the northern Essex County Communities of Essex, Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, and Manchester, but we have school groups, members, and visitors from throughout the county. In addition, groups and other visitors from throughout Massachusetts and, increasingly, from the entire country. We even have occasional international visitors.

ruling year

1976

Principal Officer since 2012

Self-reported

Mr Lee Spence

Keywords

Self-reported

Maritime museum, shipbuilding, Essex, Massachusetts, Schooner, history

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Also Known As

Essex Shipbuilding Museum

EIN

51-0185873

 Number

5282756210

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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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Accomplishments in 2014 We had a strong year with school, camp, and adult groups continuing to visit the Museum in addition to our daily walk-in visitors. New school groups visited and Road Scholars increased their visits from two to four. Their participants voted the Museum as their favorite Cape Ann attraction! Boatbuilding continued via a Bruce Anderson Foundation Grant boatbuilding. Four Manchester Essex Regional High School students participated. Imai Keller Moore Architects finished their initial concepts and plans for the replacement of the Water Line Center, our major building. Supported in part by a Mass Cultural Council grant. Stabilization efforts for the historic schooner Evelina M Goulart that is one of the seven historic Essex vessels still in existence continued with shoring up of the bow and stern. Accepted a plan for her long-term sustainability that is consistent with the Secretary of Interior Standards for the Preservation of Historic Vessels. Considering the acquisition of a small building that was used to make shoes. These small buildings of about 100 square feet were important in early New England communities and had a number of business uses. Began a new Strategic Plan covering from 2015 to a yet to be determined date. Goals for 2015 Finalize plans and begin to seriously pursue funding for replacement of our Water Line Center. The new facility will have safe, modern, and accessible meeting, shop, exhibit, and education space. It will be both a Museum and a community asset. Secure additional funding for better interpretative signage and appropriate structures to guide visitors around the shipyard. Continued research into and development of exhibits and/or programs highlighting the contributions of Women in Essex history. Pursue Community Preservation Act funding for major exterior restoration of the old school house that we lease from the town of Essex for our collection and some exhibits.

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

Education Program

The Museum is regularly visited by local students, as well as far away as New York and California, to share hand-on experiences in steam-bending, trunnel-making, simple machines, and boat design. Many have a chance to visit the School House Museum to explore our offerings there. In 2012 about 1100 students from 25 schools and camps visited the Museum.Other Ed offerings include:Youth boatbuilding where teens actually build small boats and learn a about tools, working together, and seamanship in the process."Fantastic Wood Sculptures"" where elementary school students have a chance to work with wood scraps and tools to create sculptures of their own design. Scout field trips in which students learn about the historic Chebacco boat and build toy models."Tea and Legos" gathering for younger children and guardians While most of the time schools visit us here at the museum, we are also able to visit schools with programs similar to our on-site program including steam bending.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

20%

Program 2

Interpretive Tours

During the spring through months that the Museum is open, two types of tours are offered to the off-the-street or group tour visitor:Self-guided ToursVisitors who elect this are given a brief orientation, offered a short movie, and then directed to the Shipyard grounds and buildings with a brochure containing a short description of significant shipbuilding techniques, ships, and historic locations. This offers the visitor flexibility in his or her schedule, but is very limited in the amount of detailed information that the visitor can acquire.Guided ToursGuided tours are also offered on a fixed schedule three times a day. The guide is with the visitor the entire time and provides much more information than can be acquired during the self-guided tour as well as answering visitors' questions. In addition, the guided tour includes a visit to the exhibits and models in the School House annex that, due to lack of staff, are not included in the self-guided tour.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

20%

Program 3

Community Programs

For a number of years the Museum has offered programs on a monthly basis on subjects of local and historical interest. Both shipbuilding and Essex history have been featured in these programs. A sampling of these programs over the last two years includes:Changes in the Groundfisheries - Peter PrybotSteam Coffin: Capt. Moses Rogers and the Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier - John L. BuschGrounded Container Ship Saved!: The Rescue of the APL Panama - Richard Fairbanks Frank Vining Smith - James CraigBreed Birds of the North Shore - Jim BerryArtists of the North Shore - Jim McAllisterNorth Shore Native Artifacts - John RattiNathaniel Bowditch - George BrandenburgWanderbird's Adventures - Rick and Karen Miles Sailing off South Georgia Island - Dick LowDeath of an Empire-Salem, MA - Robert BoothEssex Shipbuilding-350 Years of Building - Lee SpenceMurder and Mayhem in Essex County - Robert WilhelmGrowing Up in Essex County in the 1950s - Robert Benjamin

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

5%

Program 4

Classes

ClassesFrom time to time the Museum offers classes on a variety of subjects. These have included kayak and other small vessel building, photography workshops, and wreath making.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$2.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Primary focus of the Musuem is the northern Essex County Communities of Essex, Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, and Manchester, but we have school groups, members, and visitors from throughout the county. In addition, groups and other visitors from throughout Massachusetts and, increasingly, from the entire country. We even have occasional international visitors.

Funding Needs

1. Better signage and appropriate structures to guide visitors in the shipyard, thereby improving their visiting experience. 2. Improved accessibility, comfort, and restrooms for visitors. This is particularly important for school and elder groups. 3. Continued progress on plans and funding for the Water Line Center upgrade. 4. Better storage arrangements, including humidity and temperature control, for significant parts of the collection. 5. New computers and software for improved Member and Donor tracking and communications.

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ESSEX HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND SHIPBUILDING MUSEUM INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Essex Historical Society & Shipbuilding Museum Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr Lee Spence

BIO

I am the Chair of the EHSSM Board and have been for the last two years. I have been a member of the Museum for perhaps 20 years. This is my 6th year on the Board. For the precious 2 years before becoming the Chair, I served as vice-Chair. Prior to serving on the Board I served on the Museum's Development Committee. Prior to being involved with the EHSSM, I have served in a number of civic and local government capacities including Manchester-by-the-Sea Selectman for 6 years, Manchester Finance Committee Member 9 years including 3 years as Chair, Manchester Harbor Boat Club Commodore, and Manchester Yacht Club Communications Officer.

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Lee Spence

Retired

Term: June 2012 - June 2015

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