Proceedings describing George Peabody's arrival in South Danvers at 9 a.m. on Oct. 15, 1866 and his visit with Eliza Sutton at her home. Reception given by school children follows, with address given by Dr. George Osborne on behalf of Library Trustees.
There are a variety of images in the book including Eben, Eliza and Eben Dale Sutton; The Library Trustees; Dr. George Osborne; South Danvers School Committee; high school staff; Center School staff; Bowditch School staff and a photo of the school; Rural Districts (Felton District No. 6); Mrs. G.A. Osborne; Miss Helen Jacobs; J.H. Teague (Library janitor); Lyceum and Library Committee and Rufus Choate.
Unveiling of George Peabody's portrait with his address follows.
School children present a song.
Rev. W. M. Barbour's, Chairmen of School Committee, speech.
Another song with presentation of children to George Peabody.
Lyrics of song written by Mrs. George Osborne, sung during exercises recorded.
Presentation of bouquet by Helen Jacobs.
Reception at Eliza Sutton's home.
Citizens' Meeting in Afternoon.
Presentation by Medal Scholars at High School.
Address by George Peabody announcing donation by Eliza Sutton in which he reads letter from her to Trustees of her donation to create the Eben Dale Sutton Room.
Rev. Barbour's acceptance of donation on part of town.
Speech on George Peabody's example spreading to other cities.
Conclusion of ceremonies.
Letter of George Peabody Donating One hundred thousand dollars to the Peabody Institute of South Danvers. Includes donations of Queen Victoria's portrait and gold boxes from London and other testimonials. Announces need for strong room to hold these artifacts.
Action of the Town in response to George Peabody's donations, to accept his generosity and create a place that will meet his requirements, one where differences and political disagreements will be set aside.
Reply of the Trustees to Mrs. Sutton's letter.
Mrs. Sutton's response to Trustees, Jan. 18, 1867.
Dr. Osborne's letter to Mrs. Sutton, Feb. 2, 1867.