Summer Reading List

"Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, 1895

It’s finally starting to feel like summer here in the northeast.  Schools are out and students around the country are (eagerly!) picking up their summer reading books from their local libraries.  This yearly ritual inspired me to pick out a few books from our shelves for a new Summer Reading List display in our reading room. Read more

Logbooks as Art

The Peabody Essex Museum has its origins in the East India Marine Society. In 1799, twenty Salem, Massachusetts ship captains and supercargoes that had sailed around the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn formed a society and one of the stipulations for membership was that they keep a log of their journey, recording wind, weather, ship sightings, and other points of interest. The Phillips Library now owns almost 3,000 of these ship logs, dating from 1748 to the mid-1900s.

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