Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store special lecture presented by Manchester Historical Museum (Jordan family had a summer “cottage” Manchester-by-the-Sea)

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photo: Mr. and Mrs. Eben Dyer Jordan II, “The Rocks” or “The Eben Jordan Cottage” was built in 1903 and designed by Edmund Wheelwright* (*Longfellow Bridge), 50 Harbor Road, Black Beach Cove, Manchester by the Sea.

Eben Jordan II was born in boston on Nov. 7, 1857, the son of Eben Dyer Jordan and Julia M. (Clark) Jordan. Jr. founded the Boston Opera House, was president of the New England Conservatory of Music, and director of the Royal Opera in London and the Metropolitan Opera.

APRIL 16th Program

information and visuals from Beth Welin, Director of Manchester Historical Museum:

Anthony Sammarco lecture Jordan Marsh: New England’s Largest Store presented by Manchester Historical Museum at First Parish Chapel (across from the museum) on April 16th. Stop by Manchester Historical Museum to see Once Upon a Contest and head over for refreshements and a great talk!

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You can bid on 1909 Taft presidential memorabilia created for Gloucester: Canterbury Pilgrims Pageant and historic house fundraiser at Stage Fort Park welcomed thousands!

August 4, 1909, Gloucester Day brought an audience of 20,000 to Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The 1909 pageant of “The Canterbury Pilgrims” by Percy Wallace Mackaye was touted as the “greatest open air performance ever attempted in the country”.

Stage Fort Park was the magnet which attracted thousands of people at the close of the grand afternoon parade yesterday, the procession in that direction, commencing early and continuing all through the evening, until between the hours of 7 and 8 o’clock, there was a continuous mass of moving color along both sides of the boulevard, with the middle of the street almost covered with the swifter moving carriages and automobiles. This scene was most inspiring, giving one something upon which to build an imagination for the greater display to come, when the play and pageant were presented for their consideration. The vast amphitheatre, with its great stage, were soon filled, the latter by nearly 20,000 spectators, in the boxes, on the seats and in automobiles, while the wings of the latter were filled with (thousands of) players.”

William H Taft (1857 – 1930), the 27th President of the United States from 1909-13, planned to be in attendance, thanks to host, John Hays Hammond, Sr.,  his boyhood friend and college classmate at Yale. The Mayor of Gloucester at the time of the 1909 pageant was Hon. Henry H. Parsons. Artist Eric Pape (b.Oct 17, 1870 San Francisco – d.Novembre 7, 1938), Master of the Pageant, directed the Canterbury performance. He was the lead design for Gloucester’s enormous bronze plaque and granite bas-relief commemorating the Founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony set in tablet rock at Stage Fort Park and dedicated in 1907.

1909 Gloucester MA Canterbury Pilgrim Pageant Medal with PRESIDENT WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT photo

Few days left to bid! Link to more photos of the collectible and sale found here: sale on capeanntiques, ebay seller

July 30, 1909 Gloucester Day Badge – Unique Design to Commemorate Event

“The Gloucester Day badges  have arrived and are certainly worthy of the occasion. The special gold badge to be presented to the president is fo the same design as the others. It consists of a bar, backed by anchor stock, with the cables running along each side, and in the center a miniature of President Taft, flanked by the dates 1623-1909. Suspended from this bar by two chains is the embossed shield, the central figure of which is a Georges handline fisherman, riding at anchor under bare poles. On either side, clinging griffin-like to the inner circle dividing th ose parts is the inscription, “Gloucester, mass. Settled 1623. Incorporated, 1642” and beneath this is a representation of the Roger Conant house, with the word “built” on one side and the date “1623” on the other, and the inscription, “Roger Conant House,”  beneath.”

“May be worn as badges or watch fobs…Design selected after keen competition.” They were pre sold for 50 cents.

coverage about 1909 pageant Stage Fort Park Gloucester Ma

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John Hays Hammond Sr. 2nd row with Taft family and driver
August 4 Gloucester Day Edition detail
Pageant benefit to possibly rebuild Roger Conant House at Stage Fort Park

 

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Pike’s 61 Middle Street then and now

historic photograph Middle Street home before Pikes funeral home Gloucester Mass reproduced in Photographic History of Gloucester Vol 3 published 1978.jpg

 

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61 Middle Street Pike Newhall Funeral Home 

Advertisement in 1902 Polk directory lists Pike business address on Washington Street prior to Middle Street relocation; the business was founded in 1900. 61 Middle formerly Winchester Inn

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A Tour of a Cape Ann House

Last Saturday, along with about 400 other people, I went on the Rockport Cottages & Castles house tour, a benefit for Rockport Music. It was a great event and a reminder of all the incredible homes we have here on Cape Ann.

House tours are kinda like tattoos — you either get the appeal or you don’t. My husband, for instance, cannot begin to understand why I want to pay money to go shuffle around the homes of a bunch of strangers. I can’t explain it to him, and I don’t even try. Of course there is the practical side of things, you can get ideas for your own home by seeing what other people have done to their living spaces. But even more than that, seeing a historic house gives you a glimpse into another time in a way that is a lot more connected to reality than visiting a house museum (of course I love house museums as well). On my blog I occasionally feature a local house, usually historic, and its interior. A few weeks ago I posted about this 1760 Rockport house, which highlighted how to honor the past without being locked into historical accuracy. An inspiring place.

Know of any amazing Cape Ann homes waiting to be discovered? I’d love to hear about their stories. Feel free to email me: therovinghome@gmail.com