The Serpent Came to Gloucester

Cape Ann Museum’s Saturday Showcase presents M. T. Anderson, author of the children’s book The Serpent Came to Gloucester

The Cape Ann Museum invites families to a reading of The Serpent Came to Gloucester, by author M.T. Anderson on December 6th at 11 am. Based on a true story, the book recounts the 1817 sightings of a sea creature in Gloucester Harbor. Anderson is the author of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party, which won the National Book Award for young people’s literature in 2006. Anderson researched his book about the Gloucester sea serpent in the archives at the Museum. Some of these archival materials will be available for viewing that morning. Local elementary school students will have their serpent inspired artwork on display for the occasion. This is a free family event.

Introduced in September 2005, Saturday Showcase is designed to bring parents and children into the Museum to share enriching experiences. The focus is on the visual and performing arts, with strong ties to Cape Ann. Painters, musicians, dancers, and storytellers are among the artists who have presented programs. Funding to support the Saturday Showcase series has been provided by The Goldhirsh Foundation.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents and seniors, $4.50 students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at