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  • 30 Oct 2018 1:35 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT fall 2018 newsletter is hot off the press
    ...and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - The "Safe Routes to Schools" project on High Street through Newburyport's National Register Historic District sounds as lovable as motherhood and apple pie, but it demands a closer look.

    - Do we "preservationists" have an image problem? --- An NPT member editorial suggests that better articulation of the rationale for preservation might attract more support and surmount negative stereotypes.

    - New Instagram site --- NPT expands its social media presence on Instagram, the popular site for posting photos from a smartphone.

    Happy reading ... and feel free to share your newsletter with interested folks and prospective NPT members.
  • 19 Sep 2018 11:06 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Newburyport's Powder House Park & Learning Center
    featured at Essex Heritage Trails & Sails Sept. 23 & 30

    Newburyport's 1822 Powder House, at 57 Low Street, will be open twice this month, September 23 and 30, with tours and demonstrations of musket firing, Revolutionary War maneuvers, and the craft of powder kegs.

    On Sunday, September 23, 12-4 p.m., visitors are welcome to tour the restored exterior and interior of the restored Powder House, and stroll the original cobblestone wagon path and park grounds. Members of the Acton Minutemen will be on hand to talk about the importance of early militias in towns of the Bay Colony. They will demonstrate the use of the flintlock musket, as well as marching maneuvers from the Revolutionary War.

    On Sunday, September 30, 12-4 p.m., in addition to tours, visitors will enjoy master cooper Ron Raiselis and his lively demonstrations of making powder kegs. Ron's visits are a favorite with both children and adults at Powder House events because of his humor and enthusiasm for hands-on learning.

    This event is free and open to the public as a proud part of Essex National Heritage Area Trails & Sails 2018. The Powder House is located on Godfrey's Hill, 57 Low Street, across from the Nock/Molin schools.

    Powder House Park & Learning Center, the culmination of a nine-year restoration effort by the Newburyport Preservation Trust, was recognized nationally in 2013 with an award of merit from the American Association of State and Local History.
  • 25 Jul 2018 11:20 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT summer 2018 newsletter is hot off the press
    ...and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - 2018 Preservation Week Awards --- Preservation Week in May concluded with NPT's annual Preservation Awards in multiple categories.

    - Preservation Week 2018 recap --- "Newburyport Parks: Past, Present, & Future" on May 19 & 20, 2018 was "a walk in the park."

    - Help Wanted! --- If you like old houses, this volunteer opportunity is for you!

    - NPT's "If This House Could Talk" program enlivens Yankee Homecoming --- See all the do-it-yourself house history posters in neighborhoods across the city from July 28 to August 5.

    - High Street alteration planning proceeds without Section 106 review --- NPT alerts the Massachusetts Historical Commission about this short-cutting of proper procedure.

    - Business-as-usual at City Hall --- Another contributing structure in Newburyport's National Register Historic District is lost to a hasty "demolition by skirting procedure."

    - Words Not Necessary --- Preservationists cry "foul" at Fowle's!

    Happy reading ... and feel free to share your newsletter with interested folks and prospective NPT members.
  • 10 May 2018 12:00 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT spring 2018 newsletter is hot off the press
    ...and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - Preservation Week 2018 --- "Newburyport Parks: Past, Present, & Future" is coming right up with a full schedule on May 19 & 20, 2018. Read all about it!

    - 320 Merrimac Street update. Back in February, part of this house fell down. But our new zoning administrator didn't. The future of the mid-18th-century building is unclear, but you can read about the zoning compliance request sent by the city.

    - "Researching Your Historic Home" is set for Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Newburyport Public Library. This program makes a great head start for participating in the NPT-sponsored "If This House Could Talk" poster display event during Yankee Homecoming July 28 to August 5.

    - A recap of NPT's winter preservation education programs. It was a packed house for all three presentations --- thanks to your NPT member enthusiasm.

    Happy reading ... and feel free to share your newsletter with interested folks and prospective NPT members.
  • 13 Feb 2018 2:38 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT winter 2018 newsletter is hot off the press ...and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - A recap of 2017 accomplishments and activities,

    - A brief preview of Preservation Week 2018, "Newburyport Parks: Past, Present, & Future",

    - A preview of the "Documenting Historic Structures" program on March 15, 2018,

    - A call for volunteers and prospective board members,

    Happy reading ... and feel free to share your newsletter with interested folks and prospective NPT members.
  • 24 Nov 2017 10:00 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The HABS and the 'HABs NOTS':
    Documenting the Architecture of Newburyport
    in the Historic American Buildings Survey
    by R.W. Bacon
    8.5 x 11.0 casebound; 160 pages;
    ISBN: 978-0-9977528-1-6; LOC: 2016920943

    "The newest must-have book on Newburyport architecture."
    - Northshore Magazine

    The HABS and the HABs Nots takes a look back at the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the federal program that advanced historic preservation in the 1930s. For viewing pleasure, the book presents the crisp analog photos and elegant measured drawings for surveys conducted in Newburyport, Mass., a small coastal city known widely for the riches of its authentic 18th- and 19th-century domestic architecture.

    The "HABs Nots" Gallery then takes a look at the future of preservation in the once down-and-out but rejuvenated port city. The city's smaller-footprint historic homes, never the subject of the HABS-like attention lavished upon Georgian and Federal-style showplaces, fill the city's 750-acre National Register Historic District and contribute to its ambiance. Yet their authenticity is at the greatest risk of being lost to the "march of progress."

    For additional context, the book includes chapters on the economic history of Newburyport; the origin of the HABS program; and the earlier efforts at documentation. Also included is an illustrated guide to 300 years of house styles in Newburyport, plus a bibliography-by-topic for history enthusiasts and preservation advocates.

    The book garnered publishing industry recognition as the recipient of the 2017 Book Award for Informational Nonfiction from the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE).

    See and read sample pages here, including the front and back cover, table of contents, introduction, a typical HABS two-page spread, and the rationale for the "HABs Nots" Gallery that celebrates Newburyport's modest-sized historic homes.

    This award-winning book is available for online purchase ($35 includes shipping) from (1) the Newburyport Preservation Trust, (2)  directly from the publisher ($35 includes shipping), Variety Arts Press, and (3) at slightly additional cost, from

    About the author: Reginald W. Bacon is a museum and history professional with specialties in 17th- and 18th-century New England architecture and domestic life – and early 20th-century vaudeville and circus. His first career as a journalist, editor, and designer informs his current work in the museum field. A 35-year career as a touring professional acrobatic juggler and jazz/ragtime musician informed his performing arts research. He is the author of ten books on under-the-radar history, performing arts, and editorial/graphics topics. In a "busman's holiday" sort of way, he serves on the board of directors of several history and preservation organizations, including on the "working board" of the Newburyport Preservation Trust.

  • 10 Jul 2016 10:48 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)
    Wipe off the frown ... and replace it with "Amazon Smile"!

    Do you buy stuff on Of course you do! Even if you don't shop there for all your thingamajigs and watchamacallits, you surely go to for access to scholarly tomes, obscure literature, and hard-to-find recordings.

    Now, when you shop at, make sure to sign in through the "Amazon Smile" program, and a whopping 0.5% of your purchase price will go to support the Newburyport Preservation Trust! Don't laugh --- it all adds up! So the next time you browse, wipe off the frown and click on this link to Amazon Smile.

    Better yet, copy the link to your desktop for even faster and easier access!

  • 25 Jun 2016 8:22 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    "Researching Your Historic Home" available online

    The June 25 presentation at the Newburyport Public Library, "Researching Your Historic Home," is now viewable and downloadable here in PDF format. Presenter Linda Tulley, a professional house researcher, made the 29-slide PDF file available to the Newburyport Preservation Trust as part of its Do It Ye Self series. The Newburyport Presevation Trust is among the sponsors of the Yankee Homecoming week event, "If This House Could Talk" (July 30 - August 6), and the house research presentation can help participants discover interesting facts for their homes to mutter, shout, or jabber (figuratively, of course) during that event.

  • 01 Jan 2016 8:00 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    A Measure of Change (1975) by Lawrence Rosenblum is a must-see eye-opener for every new arrival to Newburyport, and for those who may have forgotten the 1960s-70s. In just 29 minutes, the video documentary examines the landmark decision to use historic preservation principles for the first time in federal HUD urban renewal projects. Because of its relevance to multiple preservation topics, links to this video can be found in several places on the NPT web site, including the Preservation Resources & Links page. Or, you can go directly to the video here.

  • 22 Nov 2015 11:54 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Visit the Newburyport Preservation Trust on Facebook! For the most up-to-date NPT news, members and website users are urged to visit and multiply.

    While the NPT website is a massive compilation of valuable content, our Facebook page promises wider and more immediate contact for our "calls to action" and preservation advocacy efforts. The very nature of Facebook, with contacts multiplying faster than rabbits, boosts the profile of NPT in Newburyport and beyond.

    To visit the public Facebook page and click your lasting affection, here is the link: Make sure to visit often to keep up with the latest developments on the preservation front.

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