Marblehead Historic Commission
Mapping Marblehead: From Founding to Freedom
Opened in June 2019, “Mapping Marblehead: From Founding to Freedom” was one of three temporary installations focusing on the history of Marblehead and its maps. Each exhibit, focusing on successive centuries, will be presented one year apart.
The first installation featured Marblehead’s first 200 years as told on four, 8-foot towers as well as an enormous floormap of a 1795 map of Marblehead. A highly popular component was a life-size rendering of the painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” by Emanuel Leutze, which allowed visitors to be photographed in the boat with Washington.
Digital interactives allowed visitors to inspect old maps overlaying modern maps, in order to get a then-and-now comparison of old Marblehead to present day.