1875The Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association was organized.Arts and Culture, Economy and Industry, Cultural Institutions, Technology

Excerpts from the By-Laws of the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association, 1875. Courtesy of Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, D 10A, FF 12.
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After the Sawyer Free Library was fully organized and devoted to the circulation of books, the original members of the Lyceum were still interested in its mission of providing intellectual improvement through the use of forums by popular speakers. In 1875, some of these members founded the Cape Ann Scientific and Literary Association to restore the intellectual benefits of the lecture series. Dr. Herman E. Davidson organized a group of science-minded individuals at his Middle Street home to create a club dedicated to “local and general advancement of Scientific and Literary knowledge,” which was the genesis of today’s Cape Ann Museum. Later the organization collected artifacts and presented lectures on topics of interest. The group held lectures on music, literature, elocution, the sciences, and languages, which became the genesis of today’s Cape Ann Museum.

Cape Ann Museum. “Cape Ann Scientific & Literary Association.” http://www.capeannmuseum.org/about/history-museum/cape-ann-scientific-literary-association/.
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