Katy, Mike Mulligan
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“Katy,” Burton said, “was the pride and joy of the Geoppolis Highway Department,” and her Geoppolis is modeled after central Gloucester where Burton also created the beloved “Mary Ann” for Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. In 1943, Burton won the Caldecott Medal for her book, The Little House.

Burton lived near Folly Cove and was married to the sculptor George Demetrios. They were part of an arts community that included nationally recognized artists such as Walker Hancock, Paul Manship, and Leon Kroll. Cape Ann Museum holds the world’s largest collection of Burton’s work, including the beautiful block-print fabrics from Folly Cove Designers.