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Archie: The Haverhill Connection

Archie: the Haverhill Connection. Exhibit of Original Archie Comic Strip Artwork, October 1 to 31. Opening Reception: Thursday, October 1, 5 to 6 pm, ArtSpace gallery. Haverhill Documentary Film Premiere: Archie's Betty: Thursday, October 1, 3 PM and 6 PM. Hartleb Technology Center.

Northern Essex Community College will celebrate the popular Archie comic strip and its Haverhill influences during the month of October with an exhibit of original comic strip art and two showings of the Haverhill premiere of Archie’s Betty, a documentary film exploring Archie’s Haverhill connections.

Bob Montana, the artist who created the Archie comic strip, spent his high school years in Haverhill, and it’s widely recognized that many of his characters, settings, and story lines are based on his observations and experiences while a student at Haverhill High School during the late 1930’s.

All events are free and open to the public.

Archie Original Comic Strip
Art Exhibit

Opening Reception

The public is invited to attend a reception on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 5 to 6 pm in the Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace Gallery. At the reception, comic art collector Shaun Clancy will share stories about the many familiar scenes depicted in the strip over the years, such as the Haverhill Armory, the Strand movie theater, the Hooker Howe Costume store, the Thinker statue located in front of the High School; and Brown & Gold, the Haverhill High School newspaper.

Gallery Exhibit

The Archie comic strip artwork will be on display from October 1 through October 3, 2015

Gallery hours:

  • Monday through Thursday, 2 pm to 9 pm
  • Friday, 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm

Gallery Location

Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace Gallery

NECC Haverhill Campus
100 Elliott Street
Bentley Library (Building A)

Archie’s Betty Documentary
Film Showings

Documentary Presentations

The film, explores the origins of the Archie comic strip, including interviews with Bob Montana’s high school classmates from the 1930’s. The movie was co-produced by Gerry Peary and Shaun Clancy, and written and directed by Peary, both of whom will be there to share stories about their research and the making of the film. Also speaking will be Nancy Silberkleit, the CEO of Archie Comics.

DVD’s of the movie will be available for sale.

Dates and Times

The documentary film Archie’s Betty will be shown October 1, 2015 at 3:00 and 6:30 pm.


Haverhill Campus
100 Elliott Street
Hartleb Technology Center

More Information

You can read more about Gerald Perry’s decades long quest to find the real people who inspired the Archie Comics in an NECC News article, and a WBUR News Article.

More Information and Access Requests

These presentation are brought to you by Northern Essex Community College in partnership with the Buttonwoods Museum in Haverhill.

For more information on the movie premiere, or for sign language interpreting or access requests (including food-related allergies), contact Ernie Greenslade, NECC director of public relations, 978-556-3862 or egreenslade@necc.mass.edu. For more information on the gallery, or for sign language interpreting or access requests (including food-related allergies), contact Professor Marc Mannheimer, mmannheimer@necc.mass.edu.