Newburyport Preservation Week

The signature event of the Newburyport Preservation Trust is Newburyport Preservation Week every spring, featuring a varied program of illustrated lectures, architectural tours, social events, and a closing reception to present the Newburyport Preservation Trust's annual Preservation  Awards.

Mark your calendar:
Newburyport Preservation Week 2016
"Preserving the Architecture of Faith"

Tuesday - Sunday, May 10-15, 2016

Newburyport celebrates and commemorates historic preservation during the tenth annual Newburyport Preservation Week, May 10-15, 2016. This year's theme, "Preserving the Architecture of Faith," features the architecture and preservation of the city's many churches, old and new, and their presence that contributes to our sense of place. Six days of activities for all ages and interests includes tours, lectures, and the annual Historic Preservation Awards. All events are open to the public, so mark your calendar now!

You can also nominate a worthy project for a 2016 Preservation Award in several categories. Download the nomination form here.

The schedule of events follows in text form below, and is also available here, in the form of the hard-copy poster/flyer already in public circulation.

TUESDAY, MAY 10

Illustrated Lecture Presentation & Reception
Preservation Week Preview: Newburyport's Architecture of Faith, by R.W. Bacon
Enjoy a lively overview of the topic packed with photos of Newburyport churches – old, new, past, present, defunct, restored, and re-purposed.
St. Anna’s Chapel (St. Paul’s churchyard)
7:00 p.m. (reception follows)
166 High Street, Newburyport
Admission: Free

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11

Open House & Burying Ground Tours
First Parish Church of Newbury
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Tour the sanctuary of the church, first gathered in 1635, and the burying ground across the street.
20 High Road, Newbury, Mass.
(Parking at rear of church)
Admission: Donations welcome

Presentation & Tour
“Visions Of Hope: The Story of Hope Community Church Since 1805,” by Pastor Pete Balentine.
Hope Community Church
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Learn about fires, challenges to unity, William Lloyd Garrison, music styles, seaport outreach, and the Tiffany window. Includes building tour.
11 Hale Street, Newburyport
Admisssion: Donations welcome

THURSDAY, MAY 12

Open House
Cushing House (Museum of Old Newbury)
10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy an architectural tour of this 1808 ship captain’s home, a prime example of architecture from the federal period, when Newburyport enjoyed wealth and prosperity from the sea.
98 High Street, Newburyport
Admission: Free

Open House
Perkins Printing & Engraving Plant
(Fruit St., behind the Museum of Old Newbury)
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In the early 19th century, the Perkins Engraving Plant produced paper currency for Massachusetts and much of New England, using revolutionary techniques devised by local inventor Jacob Perkins. Visitors can see both the building as well as examples of money printed there.
98 High Street, Newburyport
Admission: Free

Presentation & Tour
Central Congregational Church
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a tour of the sanctuary by Rev. Christopher P. Ney, with a discussion of how the symbolism of the stained glass and church artifacts tell the story of the congregation and how it relates to the history of Newburyport.
14 Titcomb Street, Newburyport
Admission: Donations of new socks and men’s T-shirts accepted to benefit the homeless.

FRIDAY, MAY 13

Open House & Tours
First Parish Church of Newbury
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Tour the sanctuary of the church, first gathered in 1635, and the burying ground across the street.
20 High Road, Newbury (Parking at rear of church)
Admission: Donations welcome

Presentation & Reception
“A Preservation Commitment Journey: The First Religious Society Steeple Project,”
by William Heenahan
Custom House Maritime Museum
7:00 p.m. reception, followed by program.
Since mid-2014 residents and visitors to Newburyport have been greeted by the scaffold-covered steeple of the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist on Pleasant Street. The original project began in January 2014 and was slated to be completed that fall. Then came the series of surprises that extended the project and drained finances. In his talk, Bill Heenehan, FRS business administrator and project manager, shares, through pictures and artifacts, the journey of the church and its membership – a journey of commitment to historic preservation.
25 Water Street, Newburyport
Admission: Free

SATURDAY, MAY 14

Walking Tour
“Historic Churches,” by Ghlee Woodworth.
10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
(Meet at Market Square “bullnose,” Newburyport)
Admission: Donations welcome

Tour
“A Woman, a Dream, and a Library”
Emma L. Andrews Library
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon (tours every 15 minutes)
Enjoy a 15-minute living history tour and see the Joppa library established in 1900.
77 Purchase Street, Newburyport
Admission: Free

Tour
“Old South Church History Tour”
Old South Church
11:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., & 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
29 Federal Street, Newburyport
Admission: Donations welcome

Tour
Powder House Park & Learning Center
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tour the restored 1822 Powder House.
Godfrey’s Hill, 57 Low Street, Newburyport
Admission: Free

Tour & Discussion
“Sabbath in the Synagogue”
Congregation Ahavas Achim
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Enjoy a tour of the synagogue, with a discussion of the history of the building, the congregation, and how the Jewish sabbath is celebrated each week, by Rabbi Avi Poupko and Bonnie Sontag.
53½ Washington Street, Newburyport
Admission: Donations welcome

Performance
“American Music Sampler”
St. Paul’s Church
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The program features solo and ensemble songs of faith, the Civil War, love and sadness, and songs from the great American songbook.
166 High Street, Newburyport
Admission: Donations welcome

SUNDAY, MAY 15

Open House
First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist Church
1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.
Steeple & church tours, history display, & organ demonstration
26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport
Admission: Donations welcome

Sanctuary Tour & Music
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tour the sanctuary and hear samples of Orthodox choral music and traditional chant.
7 Harris Street, Newburyport
Admission: Donations welcome

Tour
“Old South Church History Tour”
Old South Church
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
29 Federal Street, Newburyport
Admission: Donations welcome

Organ Concert & Tour
Belleville Congregational Church
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Organ concert (by Andrea DeGiovanni)
& tour of the 1867 meetinghouse & 1900 chapel (by Rev. Ross Varney).
300 High Street, Newburyport
Admission: Donations welcome

2016 Preservation Awards
Presentation & Reception
Custom House Maritime Museum
4:30 p.m. reception, followed by awards program.
Each year at Preservation Week the Newburyport Preservation Trust recognizes the finest preservation efforts across our city during the past 12 months. Join us for the celebration!
25 Water St., Newburyport
Admission: Free

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