Mary Palmstrom From Ohio Has Some Great History To Share About Shute and Merchant After Finding A GMG Post About Beth Welin’s Gloucester History Sharing Program from 2015

That’s what’s incredible about Good Morning Gloucester, we have a 12 year archive of over 60,000 posts with just an incredible amount of information all searchable for generations to come!

Read what Mary Palmstrom has to say about her great, great grandfather and his brother-in-law, James L. Shute and William T. Merchant, who started Shute & Merchant back in 1862.


I’ve come across your site off and on for a few years as I did searches related to Gloucester, and some how managed to miss this 2015 item that was related to Shute & Merchant until today– maybe because it lists both names as plurals, but more likely because I just wasn’t doing a search at the right time.  As I live in Ohio, wouldn’t have been able to attend an event being held in Gloucester, but might have been able to share some material.

Gloucester History Sharing program Presented By Beth Welin

Do you remember Shutes & Merchants, Reed & Gamage or the Slade Gorton fish companies? They’re gone now but their legacy continues.
Sponsored by the Phyllis A Marine Association
Supported by the Awesome Gloucester Foundation
My great, great grandfather and his brother-in-law, James L. Shute and William T. Merchant, started Shute & Merchant back in 1862. Epes Merchant and several of his sons (Epes W., Addison and Samuel) had run  similar fishing businesses, including one operated by Samuel with his son William T., and eventually his son-in-law J. L. Shute. The two younger men opted to recreate the firm after Samuel’s death. Their fish packing firm survived some ups and downs over the years and remained in business until it merged with the Gorton-Pew Fisheries in 1907. Thanks to a find on eBay back about 1999 or 2000, I have been gathering artifacts from that firm and the Merchant Box Company, as well as other pieces of Gloucester history since then.

Won’t give you the full story, but you can learn more on a website I created a number of years ago.  — The first version was created around 2007, then decided to update the look and add more material in 2016 and due to finding some additional images, just updated some sections. Developed a section with slide shows of Cape Ann stereoviews and some sections about other fishing businesses. One item you might find interesting is on this page … the second item down … a link to a 1913 Edison film of Gloucester harbor and the fishing industry. — My real intention was a hope that others that knew something about Shute & Merchant or the Merchant Box Company might contact me with more information than I had. Hasn’t worked that way

Don’t know whether its of interest to you and others or not, but thought I’d at least share the link, and say thanks for your informative site … full of  great photos, by the way. I especially liked coming across the finalist images for the 400th Anniversary medals. As a retired art teacher who loves graphic design, was fun to see those three designs. (I’d have to vote for Beth Swan’s.) Hope the winner will be posted at some point. — After finding your site back in 2016, I added it to the links section on my site. Not sure it gets you many hits, but hope others keep finding Good Morning Gloucester.

with regards,

Mary Palmstrom

Enjoying children’s picture books with Manchester librarian Carol Bender and artist Leslie Galacar

Scenes from Manchester last week © Beth Welin, Director of Manchester Historical Museum

Librarian, Carol Bender, Head of Youth Services, Manchester Public Library, reading Where in the World is Catherine Abigail by Michael LaPenna and illustrated by Leslie Galacar. The children from Magic Years were visiting Once Upon a Contest at Manchester Historical Museum.

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They met special guest artist Leslie Galacar.

photo courtesy Beth Welin_Once Upon a Contest Cape Ann Reads Carol Bender with Leslie Galacar at Manchester Historical Museum

Skipping to storytime! Big little crowd for Once Upon A Contest event featuring artist Juni VanDyke at the museum Manchester-by-the-Sea

Today’s program Seaside Saturdays: Cape Ann Reads Book Fun was enjoyed by all ages and featured the Once Upon a Contest group exhibition, stories and special guest artist, Juni VanDyke, who illustrated the If I Were series by James McKenna. Seaside Saturdays is a joint offering by Early Childhood Partners/CFCE, Manchester Public Library & Manchester Historical Museum. Once Upon a Contest Selections from Cape Ann Reads by the four libraries of Cape Ann is on display at Manchester Historical Museum through April 26th. In addition to the new and original books by local artists and writers, don’t miss Leslie Galacar’s four part public art sequence made just for this venue.

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perfect timing- skipping to Story Time? (I wondered if they were going to the museum. They were!)


Bustle of arriving, exploring (nifty new museum display!), visting, settling, and seat selecting


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Celebrating collaboration and picture books- photo L to R: Beth Welin, Director Manchester Historical Museum, Carol Bender Librarian (and former Cape Ann Reads jury member) Manchester Public Library, and Melanie Wood with Early Childhood Partners


AERIAL Once Upon A Contest program featuring Juni VanDyke at Manchester Historical Museum_20190413_©catherine ryan (20)Busy, busy- Children chose drawings VanDyke created especially for this event and set to work collaging. 


detail from public art in four pieces for Once Upon a Contest by Leslie Galacar for the Manchester leg of travel show
detail from site-specific public art in four parts by Leslie Galacar for Once Upon a Contest, Manchester Public Library at Manchester Historical Museum


Scenes from art opening at the Historical Museum Manchester-by-the-Sea

These photos are mostly installation views BEFORE the lovely reception for Once Upon a Contest at the Manchester Historical Museum. The show continues through April 26th.  There was quite a turn out on that gorgeous sunny Saturday so I fell off duty taking photographs during the party. The Editor of the Manchester Cricket was on site; I will add a link to any story/photos. Please visit the beautiful exhibition, read the books explore the museum and library, and discover Leslie Galacar’s temporary public art installation created just for this site.

photo: Beth Welin Director of the Manchester Historical Museum and Sara Collins Director of the Manchester Public Library 

Once Upon a Contest Selection from Cape Ann Reads Manchester Public Library opening at Manchester Historical Museum_20190406_© Catherine Ryan (5)


Thru March 30 | Donna Ardizzoni, Leslie Galacar among 18 artists in 3rd annual Cape Ann Through Artists’ Eyes exhibit at Manchester Historical Museum

Installation views of the 3rd annual Cape Ann Through Artists’ Eyes spring show and sale at Manchester Historical Museum. The 2019 exhibiting Cape Ann artists are: John Abisamra; Barby Almy; Donna Ardizzoni; Bob Allia; Mary Barker; Jessica Biker; Martha Parrish Chapman; Kathleen Chrzanowski; Kathleen Connelly; Melissa Cox, ; Bonnie Faulkner; Leslie Galacar; Ann Guyer; Olga Hayes; Fred Kepler; Ken King; Gary Linder; and Mike Storella.

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from Beth Welin:

The Manchester Historical Museum  invites visitors to explore scenes of Cape Ann at the 3rd annual spring exhibit and art sale – Cape Ann through Artists’ Eyes. See the creative work on display featuring paintings and photography by eighteen local artists. This free exhibit runs through March during the Museum’s regular hours: Tuesdays – Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. with a closing reception on Saturday, March 30 (10:00 am -1:00 pm). 

Once Upon A Contest Selections from Cape Ann Reads opens April 6, 2019.

Director Beth Welin explains that two community exhibitions are scheduled each year along with permanent and special exhibits. Manchester’s 375th Anniversary is 2020. For more info contact the Manchester Historical Museum by phone at 978-526-723, e-mail at, or visit their website at


First solo museum exhibition for artist Marion Hall opens October 5th, 2018 Manchester Historical Museum

Marion Hall exhibition opening at Manchester Historical_20180929_©Catherine Ryan
Annoucement for Marion Hall solo exhibition opening October 5th, 2018 Manchester Historical Museum, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Ma. ©Catherine Ryan


The Manchester Historical Museum opens the first major solo museum exhibit of Manchester based artist, Marion Hall, October 5th, 2018 with an artist’s reception from 6:30-8:30PM.  The show features recent watercolors and will be on view through November 10. The museum is located at 10 Union Street, within the historic Trask House (1823), Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.

About the artist and scenes from the artist’s studio Continue reading “First solo museum exhibition for artist Marion Hall opens October 5th, 2018 Manchester Historical Museum”

Phyllis A Marine Assoc Fall Art Show & Sale @ Marine Railways

In case you missed the one day art show for the Phyllis A Marine Assoc good cause, here’s a link to their current  fundraising campaign. The photographs indicate some of the participating artists–look for their work!


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