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MARBLEHEAD MEMORIES: The mystery of the town’s Paul Revere letter
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MARBLEHEAD MEMORIES: The mystery of the town’s Paul Revere letter

I recently visited Abbott Hall to vote in the recent election and decided to check out the Selectman’s Room and look at some of the town's historic documents displayed on the walls of the room. One of the documents that caught my eye was a letter Paul Revere wrote to Jon Glover, Esq., the brother of General John Glover of Marblehead. Revere’s letter is dated Nov. 15, 1787. He reached out to Jon Glover about his interest in the town’s cannons. Though best known for his “Midnight Ride” and silversmithing, Paul Revere also established New England’s first foundry in Boston in the 1780s. Looking for surplus cannons left over from the American Revolution to purchase, Revere visited a number of towns including Marblehead. He made four trips to Marblehead and later wrote to Jon...
A stitch in time: Longtime Marblehead tailor retires at 96
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A stitch in time: Longtime Marblehead tailor retires at 96

Tailor Charles Katsoulakos is closing up shop after more than 55 years. CURRENT PHOTO / LEIGH BLANDER One of Marblehead’s longest-running businesses is closing next month, and its 96-year-old owner is retiring - reluctantly. “What am I going to do now?” asked Charles Katsoulakos, who opened his tailor shop more than 55 years ago. “Maybe I’ll sleep a little later.” Katsoulakos said he has served "hundreds and hundreds" of customers over the decades. He's seen dramatic swings in fashion, but doesn’t have a favorite style. “For me, it doesn’t make a difference. I’ll narrow the legs or shorten the hemline, to modernize." He enjoys working on prom and wedding dresses the most. “Those beautiful dresses, I love seeing them,” he said. Many of his customers send him photos of th...
New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders
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New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders

There are many new faces among Marblehead’s faith leaders, with more coming in the next couple of years. Longtime Temple Emanu-El Rabbi David Meyer, who is the current head of the Marblehead Ministerial Association, spoke to Marblehead Current about all the changes and his hopes for the future. Rev. Jenna Crawford at UUCM Rabbi David Meyer with the MMA “It is a challenge to keep the energy of the interfaith community strong as people are just getting to know each other,” Meyer said. “Hopefully, all the new ministers in town will take up with the same commitment and motivation for the interfaith work here.” The MMA was formed in the late 1970s in response to antisemitic graffiti at Temple Emanu-El and the JCC.  Since then, the group has met monthly and worked to stand...
New plaques honoring service in Vietnam, Korea to be dedicated on Veterans Day
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New plaques honoring service in Vietnam, Korea to be dedicated on Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, two new plaques listing the names of men and women who lived in Marblehead and served in the military during the Korean and Vietnam Wars will be dedicated at the VFW at 321 West Shore Drive. It’s a personal project undertaken by local vet Jim Caswell and funded by the group Forever Marbleheaders. Veteran Jim Caswell stands by plaques honoring local vets at the Marblehead VFW PHOTO: Leigh Blander “They're really remarkable,” Caswell told Marblehead News, referring to the plaques. Caswell noticed that while the VFW has a memorial to the 1,400 Marblehead residents who served in World War II, there was nothing honoring vets who served during Vietnam and Korea. So he worked with Marblehead Veterans Agent Dave Rodgers to get a list of every resident who ...
New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders
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New faces, new hopes for Marblehead faith leaders

There are many new faces among Marblehead’s faith leaders, with more coming in the next couple of years. Longtime Temple Emanu-El Rabbi David Meyer, who is the current head of the Marblehead Ministerial Association, spoke to Marblehead Current about all the changes and his hopes for the future. Rev. Jenna Crawford at UUCM Rabbi David Meyer with the MMA “It is a challenge to keep the energy of the interfaith community strong as people are just getting to know each other,” Meyer said. “Hopefully, all the new ministers in town will take up with the same commitment and motivation for the interfaith work here.” The MMA was formed in the late 1970s in response to antisemitic graffiti at Temple Emanu-El and the JCC.  Since then, the group has met monthly and worked to stand...
The man behind Marblehead’s Eveleth School
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The man behind Marblehead’s Eveleth School

For the foreseeable future, the citizens of Marblehead will be using the Eveleth Elementary School as their town library.  Although I grew up in Marblehead and was familiar with the school, I didn’t know who Dr. Samuel Chester Eveleth was and why he had a school named for him. This is what I found out. Eveleth was born in Marblehead in 1883 and lived on Pleasant Street. He was a physician that practiced in Marblehead for many years until his death in 1938. He was married to Helen Grace Mills until her death in 1918. His father Dr. Philemon Eveleth (1845-1900) was also a physician and practiced in Marblehead until his death in 1900. Dr. Samuel Eveleth graduated from Marblehead High School and later attended Amherst College and later Harvard Medical School.  He se...
Marblehead architect creates latest Halloween installation: Egyptian cobra goddess
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Marblehead architect creates latest Halloween installation: Egyptian cobra goddess

Tom Saltsman hard at work on his latest Halloween installation PHOTO: Leigh Blander Marblehead architect Tom Saltsman is at it again, creating a 20-foot-tall, mystical Halloween installation in his driveway at 32 Pleasant St. that is already drawing crowds from around Marblehead and beyond. Saltsman's subject this year is the ancient Egyptian goddess Meretseger, who has the head of a cobra and the body of a woman. Meretseger guarded and protected the Valley of the Kings, a burial ground for pharaohs on the west bank of the Nile. “She guards the tomb, that’s what she does,” said Brooke Trivas, Saltsman's wife.”You’ll have to come figure out what she’s guarding. We always thought it would be fun to do something Egyptian.” The Walking Man in 2021 PHOTO: Brooke Trivas Salt...
Marblehead’s Lost at Sea Monument in rough shape, report finds
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Marblehead’s Lost at Sea Monument in rough shape, report finds

The “Lost at Sea” monument, one of Marblehead’s most iconic and important memorials, requires about $10,500 worth of conservation and restoration work. The 15-foot-high obelisk sits atop Old Burial Hill.  A recent conditions assessment of grave markers, tombs and monuments in the historic cemetery places the marble-and-granite memorial’s restoration among the highest priorities packaged in the 2022 report.  “Broken grave markers generally are the highest priority in a historic cemetery, but in Old Buril Hill, [the Lost at Sea] monument requires urgent attention,” Ivan Myjer from the Arlington-based Building and Monuments Conservation writes in the report’s executive summary. For 174 years, the monument has honored the“multiple [fisher]men who have no other marker....
Marblehead’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ connection in focus
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Marblehead’s ‘Hocus Pocus’ connection in focus

https://videopress.com/v/FP7dG78V?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true Walt Disney Pictures has released "Hocus Pocus 2," and it naturally opens the door to writing about Marblehead filming locations. But first a primer: The movie — a blend of horror, comedy and fantasy — opens on All Hallows Eve in 1693, a year after the actual Salem Witch Trials. Salem residents, carrying torches and wooden pitchforks, hang the Sanderson Sisters — Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary (Kathy Najimy), a quirky trio of wicked witches who suck the souls from children to prolong their lives and youth. The Sanderson sisters’ cottage, in modern day Salem, Massachusetts, has been turned into a witchcraft museum. PHOTO COU...
Lasting lessons: Forever Marbleheaders’ project to remember hundreds of MHS teachers
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Lasting lessons: Forever Marbleheaders’ project to remember hundreds of MHS teachers

If you attended Marblehead High School, you may have wondered what ever happened to some of your favorite — and not so favorite — teachers. The group Forever Marbleheaders has launched a campaign spotlighting educators at Marblehead High from 1950 to 1980. It's getting a lot of attention. Members of Forever Marbleheaders, from left, Marge Gallo Armstrong, Dan Dixey, Bill Goodwin and Maureen Graves Anderson. “People are having fun participating,” said Maureen Graves Anderson, a 1980 MHS graduate who is leading the MHS Teachers Project, which is posted on Facebook. “People like sharing memories; it has value just for that. It’s been fun to see the arc of a teacher’s career sometimes, to see what they did.” Graves Anderson is a founding member of Forever Marbleheaders, a group of...