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Welcome to the Sippican Historical Society

The Sippican Historical Society was founded in 1963 for the purpose of fostering interest in the history of Marion, encouraging historical research and writing, and establishing a museum to preserve and display artifacts, documents, and artwork pertaining to the town. The museum and society are housed in the historic Walton Nye Ellis house at the corner of Main and Front Streets in Marion.

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The Sippican Historical Society
Preserving the historic New England
seaside village character of Marion.

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Sippican Historical Museum
139 Front Street
Marion, MA 02738

Tuesday   9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Normal operating hours may be subject to change. Please call ahead.


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Speaker Series: Deborah Swiss @ Marion Music Hall
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Historian Deborah Swiss will speak on January 19th about her book, The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women. The book focuses on three remarkable survivors who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land – ordinary women who lived extraordinary lives as they triumphed over tragedy, relying on their resiliency and strength alongside friendships with one another. It also tells the tale of Elizabeth Gurney Fry, a Quaker reformer who compassionately touched their lives. In the nineteenth century, 25,000 girls and women were transported to Australia from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The British government targeted them as “tamers and breeders” following their arrest for petty theft, for pilfering small items as the only means to survive, other than prostitution. After serving punishments that far exceeded the scope of their crimes, these pioneer heroines, through sheer force of will, became the heart and soul of a new nation.

Speaker Series: Nancy Dyer Mitton @ Marion Music Hall
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nancy Dyer Mitton will speak about her book, A Romantic Art Colony: Marion, Massachusetts, and late 19th-century Marion’s links to Romanticism.

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