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  • 19 Sep 2016 4:58 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    First in a series: "Serving Up Storied Homes"

    Saturday, October 15, 2016, 4-7 p.m.
    11 Spring Street, Newburyport, Mass.

    Newburyport Preservation Trust members and their guests are invited to join us on Saturday, October 15, 4:00-7:00 p.m. for the first in our new series of fund-raising events in the historic homes of Newburyport.

    First in our "Serving Up Storied Homes" series is the Samuel Bayley House at 11 Spring Street, a classic New England Georgian house built by the prosperous Newburyport merchant in 1785. Our hosts are pleased to welcome members and guests, and share their knowledge of the home's interior details still intact after 231 years. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, live period choral music, stories of Samuel Bayley, and the company of fellow Newburyport Preservation Trust members at our inaugural "Serving Up Storied Homes" event.

    To view and read the invitation to members in PDF format, click here.

    This is a members-only event, and a limited number of tickets are available. Cost: Member(s) with guests -$50.00 per person.

    To register for this event, click "Register" on the "Events" page of the NPT website, then enter the email address associated with your membership, and you'll be taken to a registration form with provision for convenient online payment.

  • 18 Sep 2016 9:02 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Open House at Powder House Park Sunday, Sept. 18 & 25

    Powder House Park & Learning Center is open on Sunday, Sept. 18 & 25 as part of the Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails county-wide activities on consecutive weekends.

    The restored 1822 Powder House, located at 57 Low Street in Newburyport, will be open on both days, Sunday, Sept. 18 & 25, from noon to 4 p.m., for guided tours and self-guided exploration. Visitors will learn why this distinctive round building was vital for Newburyport ship captains, merchants, and militia men. On Sunday, Sept. 25, master cooper Ron Raiselis will be on hand to demonstrate the craft of barrel-making that was critical for the safe storage of gunpowder.

    Free to the public, the Powder House tours are among 150 events in 34 cities and towns scheduled for Trails & Sails this fall season. Don't miss it!

  • 18 Jul 2016 8:42 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Summer 2016 NPT Newsletter now online. The summer 2016 newsletter of the Newburyport Preservation Trust has been e-mailed to members, and is also available to read online here. In this issue, the lead article is a recap of Preservation Week 2016 --- with photos of this year's award winners. You can also read the latest news about preservation advocacy efforts, and more.

    In this issue:

    - Preservation Week 2016 recap: "Preserving the Architecture of Faith"

    - "If This House Could Talk" - July 30 - Aug. 6

    - NPT preservation advocacy update

    - NPT's "Do It Ye Self" series: House research program draws a crowd

    - New book looks at the future of historic preservation in the U.S.

  • 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.

  • 13 May 2016 11:29 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The presentation graphics of "Newburyport's Architecture of Faith," the preview program of Preservation Week 2016, are now online for close-up study. Also in downloadable PDF format is the handout for the program presented Tuesday, May 10, at St. Anna's Chapel of St. Paul's Church.

    Click on the following link for the informative program handout.

    Click on the following link for the presentation graphics. (Despite file compression, the number of photos makes this a large file.)

    The program encompassed the roots of New England church architecture, from the pagan rockpiles and "heathen halls" of Celtic cultures in northern Europe, to the formalized styles of later centuries, to the austere Puritan meeting houses, down to the American amalgam of styles still present today in the churches that contribute to Newburyport's atmosphere and sense-of-place. The presentation graphics include photos of the city's churches: old and new, past and present, defunct and re-purposed. The program was presented by museum/history professional R.W. Bacon.

  • 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)

    The Newburyport Preservation Trust has a new presence on Facebook! Members and website users are urged to visit and multiply.

    While the NPT website is a massive compilation of valuable content, the new 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, is sure to boost the profile of NPT in Newburyport and beyond.

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

  • 01 Jan 2014 10:00 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    This news item is always current: Newburyport residents can monitor the pulse of preservation at meetings of the city's Historical Commission, City Council, Zoning Board of Appeals, and other boards and committees.

    The Newburyport Historical Commission meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport.

    The Newburyport Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport.

    Confirm specific meeting dates and times for the City Council and other boards at the city's online meeting calendar.

  • 29 Oct 2012 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    Walk Newburyport.If you don’t yet own a copy of NPT’s informative guide to the city’s architecture published in 2011, which includes three self-guided walking tours, you can now order it online directly from our web site's Donate & Shop page.

    Walk Newburyport: Three Self-Guided Residential Walking Tours, With an Overview of Common Styles, Local History, and Significant Public Buildings is sure to lead you to new discoveries of architectural gems, all within a short distance from downtown. Prepared by local architects, writers, and designers – all members of NPT – the book includes an introduction to the periods and styles of domestic architecture in Newburyport, a glossary of terms, and historical sidebars in addition to the walking tours. Walk Newburyport is a must-have for residents who want to learn more about the buildings that give Newburyport its special character, and a must-have for those who enjoy introducing Newburyport to their guests. Order yours today – one for yourself and one for your guest room! It's Only $10 postpaid, and you can order it online directly from our web site's  Donate & Shop page. You can also purchase Walk Newburyport locally at the Book Rack, Fowle’s, Jabberwocky, the Cushing House Museum, or Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm.

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