The Newburyport Preservation Trust is a non-profit membership organization that brings together people from Newburyport and beyond who value the preservation of the city’s period architecture, neighborhood ambiance, heritage landscapes, and authentic historic character.
For the most immediate preservation advocacy news, visit the Newburyport Preservation Trust Facebook page.
NPT's signature event is Preservation Week, the annual spring celebration of the city's preservation for all interests that attracts capacity attendance for its tours, lectures, social events, and the Historic Preservation Awards ceremony. This year's theme, "Newburyport in the Historic American Buildings Survey," takes a look back at the federal HABS program that advanced historic preservation in the 1930s. The complete schedule is available here. In conjunction with Preservation Week 2017 is the publication of The HABS and the 'HABs Nots': Documenting Newburyport Architecture in the Historic American Buildings Survey, by R.W. Bacon. This large-format hard-bound volume presents the crisp analog photos and elegant measured drawings for the surveys conducted in Newburyport in decades gone by, and also looks at the future of preservation in the once struggling but now rejuvenated port city. (This book will be available for purchase at Preservation Week events. Online purchase information is forthcoming.)
The NPT Historic House Plaque Program, now in its third year, continues to build momentum. Owners of the hundreds of historic homes in Newburyport now have the opportunity to proudly identify their house with a plaque that indicates the owner/builder, their occupation (if known), and date. Central to the program, and of particular historical value, is the verification of dates, names, and facts by professional researchers. Dedicated stewards of Newburyport's older homes can begin to learn the factual background of their home, and showcase their stewardship with a plaque validated by the Newburyport Preservation Trust. See complete information about the program at our dedicated Historic House Plaque Program page, including how you can apply for a plaque.
Newburyport’s past preservation – thanks to both circumstance and vision – has come to define who we are and anchors our quality of life. Today all Newburyporters have a stake in the authenticity of the city’s historic character.
The Newburyport Preservation Trust aims (1) to be a voice for preservation concerns, (2) to promote preservation education, (3) to foster awareness of the need for preservation, and (4) to encourage compatible new development.
The Newburyport Preservation Trust is among the select affiliate members of Historic New England, the largest regional preservation organization in the U.S.
The Newburyport Preservation Trust web site offers information on its programs and projects, as well as introductions to Newburyport history and architecture. Throughout the site are annotated links to useful preservation resources. Have a look around – and then join us on our Membership page!