June 25 • INDIGENOUS HISTORY OF CAPE ANN – Collectors “Bring Your Own Events”

open house poster June 19 2022

Invitation to Collectors
Have you collected Native American artifacts you found anywhere on Cape Ann (Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Manchester-by-the-Sea)?

Would you like to know what they are, how old they are, who made them, and how they were used?

Would you like others to see them, and to see what others have found?

Would you like to talk to archaeologists about your collection and learn more about the archaeology and Indigenous history of Cape Ann?

The Manchester Historical Museum and the Sandy Bay Historical Society will be hosting “Bring Your Own Artifacts” events for collectors of Native American artifacts. The Sandy Bay Historical Society and Manchester Museum will also have exhibitions of their own Native American artifact collections.

To participate, please register your intentions to bring your collection to either or both events
by email one of the following sites:

Manchester Historical Museum
[email protected]
Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the Sea, MA 01944

Sandy Bay Historical Society and Museums
[email protected]
Saturday, June 25 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
40 King Street, Rockport, MA 01966

You will be sent a registration form to be filled out with the needed information
● Your name and contact information.
● A list or inventory of the number and kinds of items you will be bringing.
● A general description of when and where you found each piece.

(For example, maybe you found it on a beach in the Lanesville area, on a trail in the Manchester-Essex Woods, along Sawmill Brook in Rockport, in your backyard in Annisquam, etc., or perhaps it was collected locally by a friend or relative or ancestor of yours and
passed on to you)

If you have more than 10 objects and would like assistance in choosing what ones to bring, contact Mary Ellen Lepionka, [email protected], 978-491-1017.

On the specified date(s), bring your registered collection to show – a selection of up to ten artifacts. Other collectors and experts will be present to see and talk about your finds, which may be photo-documented for the record.

Starting in April and continuing through July, attend a series of events planned as part of a collaboration of local historical institutions who will be presenting programs and displays on the Indigenous History of Cape Ann:

Indigenous Artifacts from Cape Ann
expanded display on view starting April 16, 2022
On view Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Downtown Campus, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
The display will also include selections from the Annisquam Historical Society.

Indigenous Perspectives on Archaeology
Presented with the Massachusetts Archaeological Society
Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Downtown Campus, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Free for CAM and MAS members, $10 for non-members
Livestreamed on Facebook and Vimeo
With Linda Coombs, author and historian from the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay
Head (Aquinnah); David Weeden, Tribal Councilman for the Mashpee
Wampanoag Tribe and Director of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office; Eric
Lott, archaeologist and Board Member of the Massachusetts Archaeological
Society at the Robbins Museum of Archaeology.

For more info and to sign up, go to



Lecture: Indigenous Presence in Manchester with Mary Ellen Lepionka
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm
at Sacred Heart Parish Hall, School Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea
Free for MHM Members, $10 for guests

Exhibition of Indigenous Artifacts Found in Manchester and around Cape Ann
April 30 – June 10, 2022
On view Tuesday – Fridays, 10:00 – 3:00 pm
10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea

Exhibition of Indigenous Artifacts Found in Rockport and around Cape Ann
June 25 – July 31, 2022
On view Tuesday, Friday, & Saturday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm
40 King Street, Rockport

Lecture: Indigenous Peoples of Sandy Bay with Mary Ellen Lepionka
Monday, July 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm
at Spiran Hall, 18 Broadway, Rockport, MA
“Bring Your Own Artifacts” Day

If you have more than 10 objects and would like assistance in choosing what ones to bring,
contact Mary Ellen Lepionka, [email protected], 978-491-1017.