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.

Just completed:
Newburyport Preservation Week 2015
"Signs of the Times"

Tuesday - Sunday, May 12-17, 2015

We're glad you enjoyed Preservation Week 2015. Just in case you couldn't make it, the schedule will remain here for a short time --- so you can see what you missed. Mark your calendar now for mid-May 2016.

Newburyport celebrates and commemorates historic preservation during the ninth annual Newburyport Preservation Week, May 12 -17, 2015. This year’s theme, "Signs of the Times," recognizes (1) the dedication of signs marking the Newburyport National Register Historic District established in 1984, (2) NPT's new Historic House Plaque Program, and (3) the other "signs" around us that make preservation awareness just as important as ever. Five days of activities for all ages and interests include walking tours, lectures, and the annual Historic Preservation Awards. Events are open to the public and most are free. In the next few weeks while you're trying to contain your enthusiasm, why not put on your thinking cap and consider nominating a worthy project for one of the 2015 Preservation Awards. You'll find the nomination form here.

The schedule of events for Preservation Week 2015:

May 12 - 17:

Exhibition: "Ready-Aim-Fire"
The Newburyport Powder House joins the Library of Congress

See architectural drawings, photos, and documentation from the first Historic American Building Survey (HABS) conducted on a Newburyport building since 1940.
Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport

Tuesday, May 12:

National Register Historic District Sign Dedication Ceremony
Celebrate the unveiling of the signs marking Newburyport's National Register Historic District established in 1984.
Reception 9:30 a.m.
Ellen T. Brown Memorial Chapel, 4 Brown Street, Newburyport (Use main entrance to Oak Hill Cemetery.)

Dedication Ceremony
Join Mayor Donna D. Holaday, Senator Kathleen O'Connor Ives, and Representative James M. Kelcourse for the dedication of the first National Register Historic District sign in place on State Street.
10:00 a.m.
154 State Street, Newburyport

Open House - Perkins Engraving Plant
Learn about inventor Jacob Perkins and the 1808 brick building where Massachusetts currency was engraved and printed from 1809 until 1832. Learn about the museum's restoration plans for the building.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Museum of Old Newbury, 98 High Street, Newburyport

Donation appreciated.

Wednesday, May 13:

Lunchtime Concert: Celebrate a Historic Restoration
Enjoy a lunchtime organ concert of 18th- and 19th-century music performed on the 1863 William Stevens organ in the recently restored St. Anna’s Chapel located in the churchyard of St. Paul’s Church. The one-manual, unaltered organ has been restored to the full range of its original sound. Handicapped accessible.
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
St. Anna's Chapel, 166 High Street, Newburyport; 978-465-5351.
Free will donation.

Friday, May 15

Lecture: "Window - Signs of Style and Status"
by Alison Hardy, "Window Woman of New England."

Windows are often a great way to date a house - from their construction to their accessories. Windows were one of the first house components to evolve from site-built to factory-built. The design was driven by sizes of glass available, usually imported from England or Germany. Differences in glass, construction, and hardware provide a "window" of understanding to how windows evolved to let in more light, and keep in more heat. The speaker is Alison Hardy, has restored and repaired windows in homes both grand and modest in Boston’s North Shore for the past 13 years. After a career in the textile industry, she gave up the clean world of fabrics and color for the dirty, but rewarding world of sawdust and putty. She is a member of Historic New England, Historic Salem, the Preservation Trades Network, and the New England Window Restoration Alliance.
6:00 p.m. Reception; Lecture to follow
Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport

Donation appreciated.

Saturday, May 16

Architectural House Tour Owners of historic homes in Newburyport now have the opportunity to proudly identify their house with a plaque that indicates the owner/builder, date, or other notable fact. Central to the program, and of particular historical value, is the verification of dates, names, and facts by professional researchers. The Newburyport Preservation Trust’s Historic House Plaque Program reveals fascinating details about architectural styles, ownership history, and house preservation. This architectural house tour (exterior only) features four homes that have undergone this rigorous research.
Meet in front of any of the houses at the appointed hours listed.
10:00 & 11:00 a.m., 1:00 & 2:00 p.m.
Meet in front of 93 High Street, 37 Temple Street, 77 Prospect Street,
or 386 High Street in Newburyport.

Admission: $15 (includes all four houses)

Tour: “A Woman, a Dream, and a Library”
Enjoy a 15-minute living history tour of the quaint Joppa library, established in 1900, and learn about its efforts to remain open to families throughout Newburyport.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Emma L. Andrews Library, 77 Purchase Street, Newburyport

Admission: Free

Powder House Park & Learning Center Open House & Musket Firing
Visit the newly-restored 1822 Powder House for a tour and witness a musket firing by Civil War living history reenactors.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open House 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Musket Firing
Powder House Park and Learning Center, Godfrey’s Hill, 57 Low Street, Newburyport

Admission: Free

Tour: Old South Church History Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of the Old South Church and learn about the Great Awakening, which helped lay the foundation for America’s desire for liberty. Visit the crypt below the sanctuary, containing the remains of Reverend George Whitefield, considered one of the founding fathers of America.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
29 Federal Street, Newburyport

Donation: $5 toward restoration is requested.

Walking Tour: Clipper Heritage Trail
Explore Newburyport's vibrant downtown heritage with local historian Ghlee Woodworth.
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Meet at the center of Market Square, Newburyport

Admission: Free

Sunday, May 17

Tour: First Religious Society Church Tour
Experience this classic New England church with its box pews, commanding pulpit and many delicate windows. Considered by architectural historians to be an outstanding example of the Federal style of American architecture, the 1801 meeting house is regarded today as a remarkable survivor, since so many other churches from the period have been torn down or substantially altered. The church steeple, called by architect Ralph Adams Cram "the most beautiful wooden spire in New England," is currently undergoing restoration.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport

Donation: $5 toward restoration is requested.

Tour: Old South Church History Tour
Enjoy a guided tour of the Old South Church and learn about the Great Awakening, which helped lay the foundation for America’s desire for liberty. Visit the crypt below the sanctuary, containing the remains of Reverend George Whitefield, considered one of the founding fathers of America.
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
29 Federal Street, Newburyport

Donation: $5 toward restoration is requested.

2015 Preservation Awards: Reception & Awards Ceremony
The Newburyport Preservation Trust encourages preservation with annual awards presented for historic preservation efforts. Join us to celebrate notable examples of preservation in Newburyport over the past year.
4:30 p.m. Reception; Awards Ceremony follows
Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport

Admission: Free

Preservation Week offers insight and first-hand access to the rich historic events and architecture that forged Newburyport’s character. Anyone who enjoys living in or visiting Newburyport, as well as history enthusiasts and historic homeowners, will find activities that the whole family will enjoy while gaining a greater appreciation for the treasures in this historic community.

The Newburyport Preservation Trust, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was formed to raise public awareness and to advocate for local historic preservation. Newburyport Preservation Week is presented in partnership with Historic New England, the Custom House Maritime Museum and the Museum of Old Newbury.

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