Celebrate Pride Month at Beauport Museum
Visitors to Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House hear the story of the celebrated interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper. Sleeper was a gay man living in the early twentieth century and during Pride Month we celebrate and explore LGBTQ history at multiple public programs and tours.
In partnership with North Shore Pride, Historic New England is hosting A Celebration of Pride and History at Beauport Museum on Sunday, June 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Special house tours discuss the challenges of interpreting LGBTQ history at Beauport and share readings from books and letters written by Sleeper and his social circle. Tickets available in advance or at the door for $25 ($20 for Historic New England and North Shore Pride members) by calling Beauport 978-283-0800 or visiting www.historicnewengland.org. Admission includes a light buffet reception served on the terrace overlooking Gloucester Harbor. Entertainment by local musician, singer, and businessman John Archer. This program is supported in part by Plug-In Cape Ann Tours providing shuttle transportation from overflow parking lots at Saint Anthony’s Chapel on Farrington Avenue and Rocky Neck Art Colony.
On June 28, Tripp Evans, professor of art history at Wheaton College, gives an illustrated talk at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 7:00 p.m. Codman, Sleeper, and the Gay Man Cave explores how Henry Sleeper and other interior designers created spaces that provided sanctuary and reimagined the historical past. Optional Beauport house tours are offered at 5:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are available for $15 ($10 for Historic New England members) by calling Beauport 978-283-0800 or visiting www.historicnewengland.org.
Guided Beauport house tours are offered all month Tuesdays to Saturdays, every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for students/children, and free for Gloucester residents and Historic New England members.
About Historic New England
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House is one of more than three dozen historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England saves and shares New England’s past to engage and inform present and future generations. We engage diverse audiences in developing a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England home life by being the national leader in collecting, preserving, and using significant buildings, landscapes, archives, stories, and objects from the past to today. Visit HistoricNewEngland.org.
About North Shore Pride
The mission of North Shore Pride, Inc is to promote the general welfare and unity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community within the North Shore, and to advocate for the acceptance of the members of the LGBTQ community by the broader North Shore community. The organization engages in activities designed to promote greater understanding of LGBTQ issues by engaging in fundraising activities and partnering with allied individuals and organizations. Visit northshorepride.org.