We are on this incredible tour at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Descendants of both Sleeper and Hanson are here! This special programming duet was brought together by two Gloucester institutions, the Cape Ann Museum in collaboration with Historic New England’s Beauport property, inspired by the Cape Ann Museum’s Design/Build exhibition.
Lorna Condon, senior curator of Historic New England’s Library and Archives, is leading the tour. Martha Van Koevering is the Site Manager for the Beauport Sleeper-McCann House.
Historic New England received $20,000 through the City of Gloucester Community Preservation Act (CPA) to support electrical upgrades at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, its most visited historic house museum.
Beauport, one of two National Historic Landmarks in Gloucester, received the grant to rehabilitate the electrical systems and install new fire protection sensors. As part of Historic New England’s charge to preserve and maintain its historic properties, this project has been identified as one of the most pressing preservation needs at the site. Work will include system upgrades, the removal and re-installation of fixtures, and the rewiring and conservation of lamps – an important part of the ambiance and décor for the visitor. Site Manager Martha Van Koevering stated, “Beauport visitors are in for a treat next season. The project will protect this historic property and better illuminate the museum for increased public use and enjoyment.”
About Historic New England Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House is one of thirty-six historic sites owned and operated by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. For more information visit http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
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