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Title: Lee Mansion Celebrates Centennial Season

Location: Lee Mansion – Marblehead

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Description: The 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion, Marblehead’s magnificent Colonial landmark, opens for the season on June 2nd, 2009.

A large part of this year’s celebration is directed toward the preservation of the Lee Mansion. “Over the past 100 years, donations and grants have funded conservation efforts aimed at repairing and restoring the structure’s paints, wallpapers, and windows,” says Museum Director, Pam Peterson. “The window restoration is being completed, the South and West sides of the Mansion are being repaired and painted, and the two chimneys are being restored. All of this work will help preserve the Mansion for the next generation and the next hundred years.

The Marblehead Historical Society, which achieved Museum status in 2003 and is now known as the Marblehead Museum & Historical Society, plans a summer of festivities surrounding the centennial.  Events include an elegant gala to kick off the celebrations, and an accompanying exhibition at the Museum Galleries across the street from the Mansion.

A video presentation of Town Historian Bette Hunt’s recollections about the Lee Mansion is planned, a schedule of lectures will be announced, and enhanced multimedia additions to the Lee Mansion area of the Museum website,

“The Lee Mansion is a wonderful destination for summer tourists and houseguests,” adds Lee Mansion Curator, Judy Anderson.   “As we celebrate the centennial, we hope that Marbleheaders who have not visited the Mansion in recent years will take advantage of the opportunity to stop by, and renew their commitment to this magnificent piece of American history.”

Guided tours of eighteen furnished rooms on three floors give visitors an overview of the daily life, surroundings, and occupations of Marblehead residents. Tours are offered Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10am – 4pm.  Admission is $5 per person.

This year marks a very special occasion – the Centennial of the Mansion’s purchase by the Marblehead Historical Society.

Membership dues and contributions support the Marblehead Museum & Historical Society. The offices, research archives, exhibition galleries and J.O.J. Frost Folk Art Gallery at 170 Washington Street are open year round from Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm, and Saturdays following the Lee Mansion seasonal schedule. The Lee Mansion is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, June through October.

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Date: 2009-06-02