Monday Mornings

Cup of CoffeeMonday Mornings is a free lecture series for senior adults that runs weekly in the spring and fall months at the main library. Programs take place weekly from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Sohier Room. Light refreshments are available starting at 9 a.m. Signup not required. Series content is designed for seniors, but all adults are welcome to attend. If you’d like to be added to the Monday Mornings email list, please contact the program director at Thanks to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library for sponsoring this series.

Upcoming programs:

May 8
The Art of Grandma Moses with Meg Dall
Anna Mary Robertson Moses – better known as “Grandma Moses” – was praised by President Harry Truman, had correspondence with Sir Winston Churchill, and was memorialized by President Kennedy. She was loved by the American people as a true original. A self-taught artist who worked with whatever materials were at hand, her life stories were her compositions, depicting a nostalgic glimpse into daily life in rural New York and Virginia. In this illustrated presentation, art educator Meg Dall will explore this artist’s life through a series of her most popular paintings.

May 15
The “House Whisperer”: Dating Early Homes in Essex County and Beverly with John Cole
Those who live in Essex County are surrounded by historic homes built as early as the 17th century, providing an encyclopedic display of architectural styles and features. Haverhill resident John Cole, also known as the “Old House Whisperer,” was formerly a property manager for Historic New England and worked extensively with acclaimed American architectural historian, Abbott Lowell Cummings. In this illustrated presentation, John will point out the telltale “sign posts” in discovering the true age of early houses in Essex County and Beverly, as seen from the exterior. He will also reveal where most original rare elements of these dwellings are surprisingly located. Some interior pictures of the Henry Wayland Peabody estate in Beverly Cove will also be included.

May 22
Ancient Astronomy: Cape Ann’s Native American Solar Observatory with Mary Ellen Lepionka
Mary Ellen Lepionka’s interest in Native Americans on Cape Ann was sparked by Samuel de Champlain’s 1613 map of “Le beau port” (Gloucester) showing a wigwam on her street. Lepionka has determined that Native Americans living on Cape Ann before and during European contact used the area of Gloucester known as Poles Hill, as a solar observatory, ceremonial landscape, and gateway to the spirit world. At this illustrated presentation, learn more about Poles Hill and the ancient people who made and used the site.