SHS 50th Anniversary

In July of 1963, a meeting was called at the home of Dr. Hugh Hencken for the purpose of forming a historical society in Marion. Seven people were present. On that evening, the Sippican Historical Society was born, established with the mission to preserve Marion’s history. The purpose of the Society has remained constant over the years: to create and foster an interest in the history of Marion; to encourage historical research and writing; to collect documents and relics and to provide the proper care for them; and to establish a museum to hold the historical material pertaining to the history of Marion.

The Society has come a long way since its inception almost 50 years ago. With a membership of more than 200 individuals and families, it has become a vibrant community of people who value the mission to preserve Marion’s past and promote a greater appreciation for the historic New England values which have been so important over the years. Over the past decades, SHS has sponsored numerous preservation and beautification projects throughout town, most recently the renovation of the Broomhead Bandstand in Island Wharf Park. In recent years, it has emerged with more frequent program offerings – from the popular Classic Film Fridays to entertaining and informative lectures by noted authors and local experts.

At 50 years young, the SHS has reason to celebrate! On June 29, the nonprofit will host an evening to commemorate this exciting half-century milestone. To be held at the Sippican Tennis Club, the party is open to SHS supporters past, present and future, and will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The evening will feature both live and silent auctions, with items to include vacation accommodations, gourmet dinner parties, day cruises and sports packages, to name a few. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Historical Society’s ongoing endowment and preservation efforts. Admission is $75 per person, and tickets can be purchased at the Sippican Historical Society (139 Front Street in Marion) or ordered by calling 508-748-1116. Inquiries and orders can also be emailed to

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