Fitz Henry Lane: Family and Friends

Cape Ann Historical Museum Announces the Publication of a New Book
Fitz Henry Lane: Family and Friends by Sarah Dunlap and Stephanie Buck

The Cape Ann Historical Museum is pleased to announce the publication of a new work on marine artist Fitz Henry Lane by Stephanie Buck, the Museum’s Librarian and Archivist, and Sarah Dunlap, co-chair of the Gloucester Archives Committee.

The authors will conduct a reading and book signing on December 8, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Museum, in conjunction with Gloucester’s annual Middle Street Walk. Excerpts relating to Fitz Henry Lane’s childhood on Middle Street will be read and discussed. The Museum is offering free admission all day on December 8.

In Fitz Henry Lane: Family and Friends the authors disclose new facts about Lane’s life and relationships in his birthplace of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Using previously ignored or overlooked photographs, maps and documents, some of which are reproduced here for the first time, they take a close look at Lane’s family, his childhood, the neighborhood he grew up in, his schooling, his early career as a shoemaker, and his stone house. They draw clear portraits of several of Lane’s adult friends and uncover some surprising details about his estrangement from his brother-in-law. They also revisit and expand on the discussions surrounding his lameness and the proliferation of the use of his incorrect middle name.

Sarah V. Dunlap has researched Gloucester’s history for over thirty years, the last six as co-chair of the Gloucester Archives Committee. She has a BA in Old English from Bryn Mawr College and a MLS from Simmons. She is the mother of two and author of The Jewish Community of Cape Ann: an Oral History.

Stephanie G. Buck, who has researched Gloucester’s history for more than a decade, is currently the librarian and archivist at the Cape Ann Historical Museum. She received a BSc in Psychology from Bedford College, London University and is the mother of three. She is the author of the Mary Blood Mellen Chronology included in the catalogue of the 2007 exhibition titled Fitz Henry Lane & Mary Blood Mellen: Old Mysteries and New Discoveries and mounted at the Cape Ann Historical Museum in Gloucester, MA and Spanierman Gallery in New York.

The authors previously collaborated on the paper Fitz Who? The Artist Latterly Known as Fitz Hugh Lane which announced their discovery that Henry, not Hugh, was Lane’s correct middle name.

Books are on sale in the Museum Shop for $18.95. To order, please call (978) 283-0455 or email Jeanette Smith at

The Cape Ann Historical 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. Admission is $6.50 adults, $6.00 seniors, $4.50 students, children under 6 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Additional information can be found online at: