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Annual Newburyport Preservation Week, May 16-20, 2012 celebrates the city's maritime heritage and historic wharves
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Newburyport Preservation Week
Contributed By: Carrie Hometh
Website: http://www.nbptpreservationtrust.org

Newburyport’s Waterfront - God, Gold and Guns
Annual Newburyport Preservation Week, May 16 – 20, 2012 celebrates the city’s maritime heritage and historic wharves.

April 19, 2012  Newburyport celebrates and commemorates historic preservation and Newburyport's Waterfront  during the sixth annual Newburyport Preservation Week, May 16 through May 20, 2012. Activities spanning five days will feature something for all ages and interests, including a walking tour and musket firing, expert panel discussion and rediscovered Newburyport’s wharves, the connection between the Newburyport Powder House, the waterfront and preparation for the War of 1812, historic photo slide shows and films, and the annual Historic Preservation Awards. Activities are open to the public and most are free. For more information, visit www.nbptpreservationtrust.org or find Newburyport Preservation Week on Facebook.com.
 
Preservation Week offers insight and first-hand access to the rich historic events and architecture that create Newburyport’s character and charm. 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 unique and 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 and the Custom House Maritime Museum.
 
Schedule of Events:
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:00 am - Closing
FUNDRAISER FOR NEWBURYPORT PRESERVATION TRUST
Oregano Pizzeria & Restaurant, 16 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, MA
 
The Newburyport Preservation Trust is proud to announce a fundraising event at Oregano Pizzeria and Restaurant. From lunch to dinner on Wednesday, May 16th, Oregano’s will donate 20% of their proceeds to the Trust. To participate, please tell your server you are a friend or member of the Preservation Trust.
 
Wednesday through Sunday, May 16-20, 2012 Noon - 8:00 pm, daily
 
“A MEASURE OF CHANGE”
Newburyport City Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, MA
Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA
 
This award-winning film introduced design animation perspectives, historic photos, and interviews to examine the landmark decision to use historic preservation principles for the first time in HUD's urban renewal program. Lawrence Rosenblum's award-winning film can be seen on continuous rotation in two locations throughout the Newburyport Preservation Trust week of events.

Film written, produced and directed by Lawrence Rosenblum, Vision Inc. & UrbanImage, Inc., Boston. Ronald Lee Fleming, Executive Producer, 1975. This 29 minute documentary won the Prize for Best Film on Urban Design, Columbia University Film Festival, New York, 1975.   
 
Thursday, May 17, 2012 7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
A PICTORIAL OVERVIEW OF NEWBURYPORT'S WATERFRONT
Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA

A pictorial overview of the Newburyport Waterfront by Custom House Maritime Museum Curator, Kevin MacDonald. A visual tour through graphics, paintings and photographs of Newburyport's waterfront, the core of her economic and social life across the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Admission: Free, reception following.
 
Friday, May 18, 2012
 
ADVENTURES: WATER STREET ENTREPRENEURS OF MARITIME NEWBURYPORT 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA
 
A presentation by Skip Motes that explores for us the beginning of colonial maritime trade, launching the Continental frigate Boston, the turmoil of the quasi war with France, and the challenges of the 1807-1809 embargo and War of 1812. And a photographic essay takes us through the evolution of the industrial waterfront. This story takes place along only 800 feet of Water Street and its waterfront in the area of Federal Street, through the lives and ships of enterprising maritime entrepreneurs such as Anthony Gwynn, Ralph and Stephen Cross, Anthony Davenport, William Bartlet, and Robert Bayley, who made and risked their fortunes on the sea.
Admission: $15 Fee for non members, $10 Fee for members. Reception following.
 
TALES AND ALES 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Swett-Ilsley House Tavern
4 High Road, Newbury, MA
 
In the late seventeenth century, the Swett-Ilsley House served the town as Swett’s Tavern, one of three watering holes in Newbury. The huge fireplace and massive beams make a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun. Join your friends around a rough tavern table and enjoy traditional local brews from Ipswich Ale Brewery and a hearty tavern dinner while listening to true tales of sword fights, scandalous romances, and bloody brawls, all from Newbury’s storied past.

Admission: Fee $35 for Historic New England members, $55 for non members, limited seating (40 maximum). Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.
 
Saturday, May 19, 2012
 
Tiptoe through the Tombstones - Oak Hill Cemetery Tour 9:00-10:00 am
meet at the Main gates, corner of State and Brown Streets
 
Ghlee Woodworth, local author, will give a fascinating tour through Oak Hill Cemetery and regale you with tales of Sea Captains, Ship Builders and Merchants.
Admission: Free, donations appreciated
 
NEWBURYPORT POWDER HOUSE AND SHIPPING ALONG THE WATERFRONT 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Newburyport Public Library Program Room, 94 State Street, Newburyport, MA
 
Did you know the connections between Newburyport’s Powder House and the merchants along the waterfront? The important role the Powder House played in Newburyport’s shipping economy? Learn about newly discovered War of 1812 Newburyport Powder House documents that reveal Newburyport’s preparations for war. Come hear an update on the Powder House Restoration Project and news about the opening of Powder House Park and Learning Center later this year.

Admission: Free
 
NEWBURYPORT'S CIVIL WAR HIGHLIGHTS 1:30-2:00 pm (library) and 2:00-3:00 pm (meet outside of library, then walk to Custom House)
Newburyport Library Program Room, 94 State Street, Newburyport.
 
Newburyport's connection to the events surrounding the Civil War are numerous. A brief talk by author William Hallett on some of the highlights will be followed by a walk down State Street with both the author and his wife in period attire, pointing out a few highlights along the way. Guided tour finishes at park behind Custom House with a musket firing demonstration.

Admission: Free
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­­­­­TALES AND ALES 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Swett-Ilsley House Tavern, 4 High Road, Newbury, MA
 
In the late seventeenth century, the Swett-Ilsley House served the town as Swett’s Tavern, one of three watering holes in Newbury. The huge fireplace and massive beams make a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun. Join your friends around a rough tavern table and enjoy traditional local brews from Ipswich Ale Brewery and a hearty tavern dinner while listening to true tales of sword fights, scandalous romances, and bloody brawls, all from Newbury’s storied past.

Admission: Fee $35 for Historic New England members, $55 for non members, limited seating (40 maximum). Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.
 
"REDISCOVERING COOMBS AND LOWER BARTLET WHARVES" 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA
 
Witness the  rediscovery of two of Newburyport's historic wharves thru the eyes of documentary film maker Jerry Mullins.  Aided by overlays of historic maps produced by the Archaeological Services Division of U. MASS Amherst, the viewer sees the remnants of the granite capped William Coombs Wharf, artifacts from Colonial buildings. Beyond the recovered infrastructure of the past, we learn that Revolutionary War entrepreneurs risked their lives to import arms and gunpowder for General Washington's forces, operated privateers, sponsored soup kitchens, funded local churches and built their mansions close to their wharves. Brief introduction followed by premiere showing of Jerry Mullins' film.

Admission: $15 for non members, $10 for members. Reception to follow.
 
Sunday, May 20, 2012
 
BRUNCH WITH BOARDMAN 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Henry Learned House, 190 High Street, Newburyport, MA
Fundraiser for Preservation Week
 
Celebrate Preservation Week with rum and a Revolutionary brunch. In the late eighteenth century, Newburyport was the home of one of the nation's most famous privateers, Captain Offin Boardman. Join your friends for traditional rum punch  and a brunch fare while listening to true tales of prison breaks, piracy, and potato farming, all from the sizzling pages of Captain Boardman's diary. Enjoy a brunch in an elegant, privately owned Federal style home and then a lecture by author Bethany Groff in the home’s 1803 carriage house.

Admission: $30  Limited seating. 
 
St. Paul’s Church Cemetery Tour 1:30 - 2:30 pm
166 High Street, Newburyport.
 
A narrative history tour of one of Newburyport’s earliest cemeteries that surrounds the Church. Hear about the lives of ship captains who perished at sea, merchants who amassed tremendous wealth, revolutionary leaders including the first senator from Massachusetts and the loyalists who lost everything, the first Episcopal Bishop of Massachusetts who had to choose between his loyalty to the crown and his devotion to his church, the early African American members of the church and slavery, and all the stories that helped to create our community.

Admission: Free.
 
Old South History Tour 3:00 -  4:00 pm
29 Federal Street, Newburyport, MA
 
Guided tour of this wonderful early historic church. See the crypt below the sanctuary containing the remains of Rev. George Whitefield one of the important leaders of the Great Awakening which helped lay the foundation for America's intense desire for liberty.

Admission: Free.
 
2012 PRESERVATION AWARDS 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA
 
Celebrate outstanding individuals for their contributions toward protecting and preserving Newburyport’s historic character and building heritage. 2012 Newburyport Preservation Trust Preservation Awards will recognize winners in categories such as: Stewardship; Exterior Restoration; Interior Restoration; Sensitive Addition to a Historic Structure; Historic Landscape Restoration; Historic Sensitive Contractor/Builder; and Sustainable Historic Structure.

Admission: Free.
 
HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND THE CENTRAL NEWBURYPORT WATERFRONT 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Reception to follow at 6:00 pm
Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA
 
Moderated panel and conversations with key Newburyport experts. Discover how the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority partially demolished, then preserved our downtown. Speakers include:
  • Paul J. McGinley, former Exec.  Director, Newburyport Redevelopment Authority, 1970-1973; preservation planner
  • Joseph H. Brown, former Chairman, Harbor Commission, member Newburyport Waterfront Trust
  • James G. Shanley, Chairman, Newburyport Redevelopment Authority
  • Joanne C. Purinton, Friends of the Newburyport Waterfront
  • William R. Harris (Moderator), founder, Friends of the Newburyport Waterfront.
Admission: Free

Keywords: Newburyport Preservation Week

Posted: April 12, 2012
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