An Archive of Past NPT Events
Preservation Week 2012, May 16-20, 2012. On the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the theme of Preservation Week 2012 was Newburyport's Waterfront: God, Gold, & Guns. Events included: a fund-raiser at Oregano Restaurant; continuous showings of the 1975 documentary film, A Measure of Change; A Pictorial Overview of the Newburyport Waterfront, a presentation of maps, paintings, and photos from the collection of the Custom House Maritime Museum; Adventures: Water Street Entrepreneurs of Maritime Newburyport, a presentation on the evolution of the city's maritime trade; Tales and Ales, a historic dining experience at Historic New England's 1670 Swett-Ilsley House (two nights!); Tiptoe Through the Tombstones, a walking tour of Oak Hill Cemetery; The Newburyport Powder House & Shipping, a presentation on the 1822 Powder House and an update on NPT's ongoing restoration project; Newburyport's Civil War Highlights, a walking tour and musket firing; Rediscovering Coombs and Lower Bartlet Wharves, a documentary film about recent archaeological discoveries; Brunch With Boardman, a brunch at the Henry Learned House followed by a lecture on Revolutionary-era privateer Capt. Offin Boardman; a tour of the St. Paul's Church cemetery; a tour of Old South Church; the 2012 Preservation Awards ceremony; and A Waterfront Retrospective, a panel discussion on Newburyport's 1960s-1970s partial demolition and eventual preservation. Six of the aforementioned events were held at the Custom House Maritime Museum, with post-event receptions. 2012 Preservation Awards: Preservation Leadership Award - Linda Miller; Outstanding Exterior - The Geerling House, 212 High St., Brenda & Huib Geerling; Outstanding Interior - The Herlihy House, 82 Middle St., Mary and Dan Herlihy; Landscape Restoration - Italianate Gardens at Maudslay State Park (Sandee Liversidge, Stephanie Hufnagel, Lindsay Cavanagh, Lillian Newbert, Karen Wakefield & Amy King); Contractor/Builder - Joseph Napolitano, nominated by the Powder House Restoration Committee; Written History - Jean Doyle, for her two-volume series on Newburyport from 1900-1985; Artifact Preservation - Researchers honored were Cynthia Muir, Susan Gallagher, & Jack Volke; History Education - Lawrence Rosenblum & Ronald Fleming for their 1975 documentary, A Measure of Change. The awards ceremony was captured in this 19-minute video. Read the Newburyport Daily News article about Preservation Week 2012 here.
Winter Seminar 2012. The one-day seminar, The Mystery of History: Researching & Documenting Your Old House, was presented Saturday, January 21 at Joppa Flats Education Center. The seminar included presentations on deed research (Skip & Marge Motes), documenting buildings through measurement, drawing, and photography (Linda Miller), and architectural investigation and historical archaeology (Joe Cornish & Caitlin Corkins of Historic New England). NPT members and presenters Skip & Marge Motes have generously made their 33-page house history research guide available to all as a downloadable and printable PDF file: The Mystery of History: Researching & Documenting Your Old House.
Preservation Week 2011, May 14-22, 2011. On the bicentennial of the 1811 fire in Newburyport that consumed over 16 acres of the downtown, the theme and title of the opening event of Preservation Week 2011 was Newburyport Up From the Ashes: After the Great Fire 1811-2011. Events included: Walk Newburyport, an architectural walking tour in conjunction with NPT’s newly-published book of the same name; All Fired Up, a chamber music concert fundraiser; the Blazing a Path to Preservation Bike Tour; a seminar in conjunction with the Custom House Maritime Museum, Historic Wharves of New England; a report on the Newburyport Powder House restoration project, Powderhouses - They’re Explosive!; a Historic New England lecture/presentation, Hot Preservation, Inside and Out; a mid-week fund-raising dinner; an illustrated presentation on a Portsmouth, N.H. restoration project, Flickers of the Past: The Joshua Wentworth House; the Sparks of History House Tour of a High Street mansion;an exhibition, Firehouses & Fire Trucks at the Ould Newbury Fire Museum; an illustrated presentation, Newburyport Fires & Firefighting Over Two Centuries; the NPT Preservation Awards ceremony; and a closing reception. In conjunction with Historic New England were several afternoons of vintage baseball at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, the Anatomy of a Fireplace seminar; and Tales and Ales dinner events at the Swett-Ilsley House. 2011 Preservation Awards: 25 Ashland Street, Emma Andrews Library Improvement Association, Ghlee Woodworth, 9 Orange Street, Historical Society of Old Newbury, and Sally Zimmerman. Read the Newburyport Daily News article here.
Preservation Week 2010, May 17-23, 2010. The 2010 Preservation Week event featured eight events: The Big Bang, a presentation on the powder house restoration and Civil War military re-enactment; White on White, a film and lecture about the early rural meetinghouses in New England; Restoring Old Hill, an update on preserving Old Hull Burying Ground, plus a demonstration on tombstone preservation and restoration; Tiptoe through the Tombstones, a tour of Oak Hill Cemetery and reception at the restored Brown Chapel; Music and the Manse, a fundraiser for the NPT featuring 18th century music; an Architectural Bike Tour of period homes of Newburyport; From Farms to Factories, a lecture and slide presentation of Newburyport's past; History Stations, short takes on Newburyport's past presented along Newburyport's new rail trail; and the presentation of NPT's annual awards. 2010 Preservation Awards: 47 High Street, 25 Water Street (Custom House), 21 Munroe Street, 1 Marlboro Street, 89 Curzon Mill Road, Anthony Furnari/DPS (City of Newburyport), and State Rep. Mike Costello. Read the Newburyport Daily News article here.
Newburyport: Farms to Factories (Video, 2010, 82 min.). This Preservation Week 2010 presentation at the Firehouse Center for the Arts by the Newburyport Preservation Trust was in collaboration with the Historical Society of Old Newbury. The program details the evolution from an agricultural to an industrial economy. Presenters are architect Linda Miller and Cushing House Museum curator Jay Williamson. (Filmed by Jerry A. Mullins, Port Media volunteer.)
Preservation Week 2009, May 27-31, 2009. "This Place Matters" was the theme of Preservation Week 2009, which featured eight events: a viewing of A Measure of Change, the award-winning video documentary about Newburyport's preservation in the 1970s; Who Put the History in the Historic Paint Palette, a presentation on the development of "historic" paint colors; an exhibition of children's drawings of and letters to their houses; the Pedaling Through the Past bike tour, highlighting the history of the South End; a cemetery tour focusing on the Coffin family of Newbury; an architectural walking tour, Four Centuries of Building History; a family scavenger hunt and Historic New England's Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm; and Lost in Newburyport: Changes Revealed Through Photographs, a narrated slide presentation chronicling 150 years of Newburyport history; and presentation of the annual Preservation Awards. 2009 Preservation Awards: 65 Water Street (Newburyport Art Association), 31 Toppans Lane, 24 Broad Street, and Richard Irons. Read the Newburyport Daily News article here.
Preservation Week 2008, May 13-18, 2008. Preservation Week 2008 presented a range of educational programs useful to homeowners desiring to preserve their property the right way. The event featured six programs during the course of the week: a panel discussion, Protecting Your Property for Future Generations; the Fruit Street Crawl, a walking tour of the city's first Local Historic District; a lecture, Your Old House and How to Conserve its Historic Character, a lecture, Old House Restoration: How to do it the Right Way; Dirt Detectives, a family archaeology program; a showing of A Measure of Change, the award-winning film documentary about Newburyport's preservation in the 1970s; and the presentation of the annual Preservation Awards. 2008 Preservation Awards: 17 Federal Street, Brown Chapel, 323 Merrimac Street, and 1 Jefferson Street. Read the Newburyport Current article here.
NPT's Restoration Lecture Series - 2008
What Architectural Style is Your House? Newburyport Architectural Styles 1620-1900 (2008, 64 min.). A Newburyport Preservation Trust presentation at the Custom House Museum in 2008, part one of NPT's Six Degrees of Restoration series. Presenters are architects Linda Miller, Greg Colling, and Chuck Griffin. (Filmed by Jerry A. Mullins, Port Media volunteer.)
Historic Window Restoration (2008, 64 min.). A Newburyport Preservation Trust presentation at the Custom House Museum in 2008, part two of NPT's Six Degrees of Restoration series. Presenters are Bill & Pat Starck of Starck Housejoiners. (Filmed by Jerry A. Mullins, Port Media volunteer.)
Your House, and How to Preserve Its Historic Character (2008, 64 min.). A Newburyport Preservation Trust presentation at the Custom House Museum in 2008, part three of NPT's Six Degrees of Restoration series. (Filmed by Jerry A. Mullins, Port Media volunteer.)
Of Hearth and Home (2008, 64 min.). A Newburyport Preservation Trust presentation at the Custom House Museum on Sept. 16, 2008, part four of NPT's Six Degrees of Restoration series. (Filmed by Jerry A. Mullins, Port Media volunteer.)
Anatomy of a Restoration (2008, 64 min.). A Newburyport Preservation Trust presentation at the Custom House Museum on Nov. 18, 2008, part six of NPT's Six Degrees of Restoration series. (Filmed by Jerry A. Mullins, Port Media volunteer.)
Preservation Week 2007, May 5-12, 2007. NPT's first Preservation Week, in 2007, aimed to initiate discussion on how to balance Newburyport's present-day vitality with its historic foundations. Seven events were scheduled throughout the week: a tour of the "Old Gaol" on Auburn Street; a panel discussion, Historic, Green, & Profitable, about preservation and sustainable development; Restore It, a presentation chronicling the kitchen remodeling of an 18th-century home (the first of NPT's six-part lecture series); a tour of the Tracy Mansion, now the Newburyport Public Library; Treasures of Newburyport, an overview of the holdings of the library's Archival Center;Light and Color, with interpretations of old Nebwuryport as rendered by painter Richard Burke Jones; a viewing of A Measure of Change, the award-winning video documentary about Newburyport's 1970s restoration, and presentation of the annual Preservation Awards. 2007 Preservation Awards: 22 Prospect Street, Old South Church, 14 Beck Street, Bartlet Mall, 299 High Street, David Webb, and Newburyport City Hall. Read the Newburyport Daily News article here.