Lecture transcript: https://bit.ly/CAMerkkila
In this second in a series of three fireside chats presented in coordination with the Gloucester Lyceum and the Sawyer Free Library to help preserve the 20th century history of industry on Cape Ann, long-time Gloucester resident and author Barbara Erkkila (1918-2013) talks about a childhood and life immersed in the granite industry. Erkkila lived in Lanesville as a child, and her grandfather worked periodically at the nearby Blood Ledge Quarry. With a long career at the Gloucester Daily Times as a feature writer and editor and an avid curiosity about the world around her, Erkkila has become an authority on the granite quarrying industry on Cape Ann. In 1980 she authored the book Hammers on Stone: The History of Cape Ann Granite, and over the years she donated her large collection of quarrying tools and related artifacts to the Cape Ann Museum. Erkkila entertains the audience with stories about all things granite, from evolving methods of extracting and transporting the granite to on-the-job hazards to jewelry making.
Subject List: Barbara Erkkila; Lanesville Cove; Sinikka Nogelo; Blood Ledge Quarry; Steel Derrick Quarry; Albert Baldwin; Oral history program.