The Newburyport Preservation Trust is a non-profit membership organization that brings together people from Newburyport and beyond who value the preservation of the city’s period architecture, neighborhood ambiance, heritage landscapes, and authentic historic character.
NPT's signature event is Preservation Week, the annual spring celebration of the city's preservation for all ages and interests that attracts capacity attendance for its walking tours, lectures, social events, and the Historic Preservation Awards ceremony. To read more about Preservation Week, visit our Preservation Week Archive. Excitement is building for Preservation Week 2014, scheduled for Wednesday through Sunday, May 14-18. Click here to see the complete 2014 Preservation Week schedule of events, (a downloadable, easily readable, three-page PDF file).
In fall 2013 the spotlight once again shined on Newburyport's restored 1822 Powder House. The Newburyport Preservation Trust’s efforts to preserve the long-neglected structure were recognized nationally with an Award of Merit from the American Association for State & Local History (AASLH). The award for the Powder House preservation was one of 88 Leadership in History Awards conferred in 2013 by AASLH, honoring people, projects, exhibits, books, and organizations throughout the U.S. that represent the best work in their respective fields. Powder House Park & Learning Center opened in fall 2012 after nine years of planning, research, and restoration. Since then, hundreds have visited at Trails & Sails events and with school groups.
Newburyport’s past preservation – thanks to both circumstance and vision – has come to define who we are and anchors our quality of life. Today all Newburyporters have a stake in the authenticity of the city’s historic character.
The Newburyport Preservation Trust aims (1) to be a voice for preservation concerns, (2) to promote preservation education, (3) to foster awareness of the need for preservation, and (4) to encourage compatible new development.
The Newburyport Preservation Trust is among the select affiliate members of Historic New England, the largest regional preservation organization in the U.S.
The Newburyport Preservation Trust web site offers information on its programs and projects, as well as introductions to Newburyport history and architecture. Throughout the site are annotated links to useful preservation resources. Have a look around – and then join us on our Membership page!