Lecture transcript: http://bit.ly/clarence-birdseye-day
This video records a program held at the Cape Ann Museum to commemorate the nationally recognized inventor Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956), who was a lifelong Gloucester resident and entrepreneur, and to highlight the tremendous impact his innovations in frozen food preparation and electric lightbulbs had on the region’s fishing industry. Listen and watch as historian Maggie Rosa recounts a detailed timeline of his life and work, as well as the unveiling of a portrait of Birdseye commissioned from noted local artist Luisa F.V. Cleaves, which now hangs in Gloucester City Hall. Part of the ceremonies include the reading of a city ordinance that proclaims October 7, 2006, as Clarence Birdseye Day. The convivial event is well attended by many family members and local friends, including an impromptu speech from Senator Bruce Tarr.
Subject List: Clarence Birdseye; Birdseye Seafood, Inc.; Luisa F.V. Cleaves; General Seafoods Corp.; Marjorie Merriweather Post; Postum Co.; Edward Fish; Birdseye Electric Co.; Maggie Rosa ; W.R. Grace; Double belt freezer; Reflecting electric lamp.