For a small town, Topsfield, MA. is home to a lovely library with an impressive art collection, much of it purchased through the Gould fund (Robert Gould Shaw was the captain of the Massachusetts 54th all-Negro regiment during the Civil War made famous in the movie Glory).

This lecture was presented on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:00 and highlighted the architecture of the library and a few examples from the art collection. As the presenter of the lecture, I told the story behind some of the more unique pieces; what I like to refer to as “the art in the art.”

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Notice any similarities between Millet’s The Sower on the left and the mural from the library lobby on the right? We will review this oddity during the lecture.

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