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Fishing & Shoemaking
in Marblehead

The exhibit utilizes resources from the Marblehead Museum's extensive photo archives, as well as artifacts used by fishermen and shoemakers. The exhibit is part of Marblehead 101, an ongoing program from the Marblehead Museum designed to expand general knowledge about Marblehead history.

Visitors will enjoy the variety of nineteenth century shoes on display, as well as shoemaking equipment of the period. The process of making shoes is fascinating, as are its history and traditions.  Fishing in Marblehead was essential to the formation of the town. Illustrations of fish, fishing, and the salting and drying process help to explain the industry.  Images and tools are visual reminders of the hard work necessary to bring caught fish to the marketplace in the days before refrigeration. Both occupations, fishing and shoemaking, were demanding jobs that required long hours of labor and returned small wages. Often they overlapped, with fishermen making shoes during the winter months to supplement their income. The exhibit illustrates the history of these trades in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The exhibit is open to all, and there is no admission charge.

Opens September 26, 2013

Related programming continues the Marblehead 101 theme. Check the online calendar for details.


The Marblehead Museum's galleries at 170 Washington Street are open Tuesday - Saturday June through October, and Tuesday- Friday, 10-4 November through May. Admission is free.      

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