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Tours and education

 

General Tour

For over 100 years, the Sargent House Museum was the home of sea merchants, patriots and community leaders. A fine example of high-style Georgian domestic architecture, the house was built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Stevens Murray (1751-1820), a philosopher, writer and an early advocate of women's equality.

Visitors to the Sargent House Museum learn about the early history of Gloucester from its beginnings as a farming and lumbering outpost to its evolution into the country's premier seaport. Visitors will also see a collection of original works by the great portrait painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) descendant of the Sargent family, who loved the house and its ties to Post-Revolutionary Gloucester.
 

Friday - Saturday
Memorial Day through Labor Day
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit 

Judith's Literature Tour

Delve deeper into Judith’s letters, essays, poems, plays, and novels to discover the ways her surroundings and loved ones inspired her writing. Works such as “Lines Written in My Closet” and “Lines Written While Rocking a Cradle,”  as well as lesser known examples of her writings inspired by domestic settings, will be placed in the context of her home and discussed throughout tour.
 

Rotating Sundays
Memorial Day through Columbus Day
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit 
 

 

Merchant maritime Tour

Discover the Sargent house history through the lens of the working waterfront in Gloucester's Harbor Village. This tour will highlight John Stevens', Judith's first husband, role as a captain and privateer, the Sargent family businesses and their  status as merchants, and pieces in the collection imported from places as far away as China, New Orleans, and France. In addition, this tour will focus on the transatlantic trade of goods and ideas central to the history of Gloucester and the Sargents. We will explore the material settings of Judith’s world and the ideas that influenced her best writing through the lens of trade.
 

Rotating Sundays (2019)
Memorial Day through Columbus Day
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit 

Colonial Life Tour

Life quickly changed for the early colonists as the new nation formed. Livelihoods forever changed. Throughout the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the various roles within the family structure. Moreover, visitors will have the opportunity to explore some of the fine examples of domestic goods, such as furniture and household objects, that families relied on with the loss of trade ties outside of the new and developing nation. In addition, visitors will learn about the early superstitions of the New England colonists through our Hidden Bottles and Shoes Exhibit.
 

Rotating Sundays
Memorial Day through Columbus Day 
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit 
 

 

Universalism Tour

Explore the role the Sargent family, especially Judith Sargent Murray, and John Murray played in the establishment of the first Universalist church in the United States in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Focusing on pieces that often get left out of our general tour, such as the family Bible and sermon purse, this tour will allow visitors to see the Sargent House from a different angle. Moreover, the tour will highlight the evolution of the house from private residence to possible community house for the Universalist Church.
 

Rotating Sundays
Memorial Day through Columbus Day
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit 

CAndleLight Tour

See the house in a whole new light as pass through the halls of this historic eighteenth century home. With the use of candlelight, visitors have the ability to explore the home in the evening  and hear about the life of these residents intimately as if you were one of their guests for an evening gathering.  Please feel free to mention any specific interests when scheduling your tour. We will do our best to tailor the experience for your private group.
 

Private Tour Only
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
 
 


From the collections

 

Visitors will be able to explore a collection of original works by the great portrait painter, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), a descendant of the Sargent family, who loved the house and its ties to Post-Revolutionary Gloucester.

 
 
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Internship Program

Consistent with the initial project, the Summer 2018 Internship Program is ideal for rising juniors in high school to a recent graduate from a college or university for a ten week program, June through August . Throughout the program, students will design and executed their own individual project with the help of the Director and Board Members in subjects including, but not limited to: Literature and Women’s Studies; History, Theology, and Politics; Art and Architecture; Photography and Graphic Design; Nonprofit Administration; and Marketing and Development. In addition to their individual projects, students attended field trips to several local institutions in order to gain a more holistic understanding of the history of Gloucester and the Sargent-Stevens-Murray family.

Women’s Studies and Literature Intern
 

Research Life and Accomplishments of Judith Sargent Murray, as an Early Female Colonist focused on Women’s Rights - (Education, Property, Career)

The ideal intern must be well organized and detailed-oriented; have a professional attitude; strong written and verbal skills; have the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and independently; and a willingness to work with our small team to achieve the desired deliverables and meet deadlines.
Academic backgrounds can be diverse, but preference will be given to students with experience in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, Philosophy, and English Literature fields. The ideal candidate will work under the supervision of the Administrative Director in order to update pre-existing tour materials and to create new tour materials. Moreover, interns will provide administrative and research support to the Administrative Director, including but not limited to: assisting with article reviews and research, data collection, filing, formatting tour documents, assisting with tours, and answering phones. Lastly, interns are encouraged to participate in educational programs, and other staff activities.

History, Theology, and Politics INTERN


Research the Separation of Church and State from Colonial Period to Today or the establishment of Universalism in the United States.

The ideal intern must be well organized and detailed-oriented; have a professional attitude; strong written and verbal skills; have the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and independently; and a willingness to work with our small team to achieve the desired deliverables and meet deadlines.
Academic backgrounds can be diverse, but preference will be given to students with experience in American History, American Studies, Religious Studies­, Politics, and Government. The ideal candidate will work under the supervision of the Administrative Director in order to update pre-existing tour materials and to create new tour materials. Moreover, interns will provide administrative and research support to the Administrative Director, including but not limited to: assisting with article reviews and research, data collection, filing, formatting tour documents, assisting with tours, and answering phones. Lastly, interns are encouraged to participate in educational programs, and other staff activities.
 
 

ART AND ARCHITECTURE Intern
 

 Research House, Grounds, and Neighborhood or Research
Interiors and Collections

The ideal intern must be well organized and detailed-oriented; have a professional attitude; strong written and verbal skills; have the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and independently; and a willingness to work with our small team to achieve the desired deliverables and meet deadlines.

Academic backgrounds can be diverse, but preference will be given to students with experience in Studio Art, Art History, Museum Studies, Architecture, and Historical Preservation. The ideal candidate will work under the supervision of the Administrative Director in order to update pre-existing tour materials and to create new tour materials; design and maintain historically accurate garden and grounds, assist the conservator of the collection with the cataloguing and storage of the collection, assist with the construction and organization of display cases and exhibition spaces and/or assist with the creation of a walking tour of downtown Gloucester. Moreover, interns will provide administrative and research support to the Administrative Director, including but not limited to: assisting with article reviews and research, data collection, filing, formatting tour documents, assisting with tours, and answering phones. Lastly, interns are encouraged to participate in educational programs, and other staff activities.

Graphic Design, Web Design, and Marketing Intern

 Assist with the Development of the Sargent House Museum website, as well as its social media platforms.

The ideal intern must be well organized and detailed-oriented; have a professional attitude; have the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and independently; and a willingness to work with our small team to achieve the desired deliverables and meet deadlines. The ideal intern will be interested in learning about the entire spectrum of digital marketing, including but not limited to: Web and Print Marketing Campaigns, Website Design, Public Relations, Social Media, Brand Development, and more. The ideal intern will gain valuable experience learning how to work professionally to provide compelling graphics and copy to be used in a wide array of online and print campaigns.

Academic backgrounds can be diverse, but preference will be given to students with experience in Studio Art, Graphic Design, Web Design, Marketing, or Public Relations. The ideal candidate will work under the supervision of the Administrative Director in order update the SHM website and print collateral; rebrand the SHM to reflect its subject; plan and execute several events throughout the season; and utilize social media to effectively engage current, as well as new visitors and donors . Lastly, interns are encouraged to participate in educational programs, and other staff activities.

ART AND ARCHITECTURE Intern
 

 Document Collections, House Exterior and Interior, as well as Events and Programs throughout the season.

The ideal intern must be well organized and detailed-oriented; have a professional attitude; have the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and independently; and a willingness to work with our small team to achieve the desired deliverables and meet deadlines. The ideal intern will be interested in photographing and documenting the museum collection, museum spaces, tours and events. The ideal candidate will have relevant photography experience; as well as own or have access to any equipment needed. The photography intern will gain valuable experience learning how to work professionally to provide compelling images to be used in a wide array of online and print campaigns.

Academic backgrounds can be diverse, but preference will be given to students with experience in Studio Art, Photography, or Videography. The ideal candidate will work under the supervision of the Administrative Director in order to edit, resize, and submit photos via a cloud-based photo library in a timely manner. The right candidate will be able to enhance images by correcting resolution and composition; cropping images and adjusting tone, color, saturation, white balance and brightness. Lastly, interns are encouraged to participate in educational programs, and other staff activities.