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  • 04 Aug 2017 1:38 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The summer 2017 NPT Newsletter is hot off the press ...

    ... and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF digital format here.

    In this issue:

    - Preservation Awards in eight categories wrapped up an action-packed Preservation Week in May. Read about this year's award winners --- and be on the alert for prospective nominees for next year.

    - Preservation Week recap. Not only did Newburyporters happily go to jail for preservation on May 21 --- touring the "Old Gaol" (1825) at an NPT fund-raising event --- but throngs also enjoyed a multitude of activities all week.

    - "If This House Could Talk". The popular NPT-sponsored stroll-and-read house history program expanded to the North End for this year's Yankee Homecoming July 29-Aug. 6.

    - The newest "must-have" book on Newburyport architecture, The HABS and the HABs NOTs: Documenting the Architecture of Newburyport in the Historic American Buildings Survey by R.W. Bacon, was introduced during Preservation Week. Read more about the book ... or order your copy online ... here.

    - Oops! House history is more than deed records. NPT's dedication to accuracy results in new discoveries and a new sign for a participant in the Historic House Plaque Program.

    Happy reading ... and feel free to share your newsletter with interested folks and prospective NPT members.

  • 09 Jun 2017 10:01 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Get ready for "If This House Could Talk"
    at NPT's House History Research program

    Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 a.m. - 12 noon
    Newburyport Public Library
    94 State Street, Newburyport

    Is your house ready to "talk" this Yankee Homecoming? Learn how to find its voice for this summer's "If This House Could Talk" event July 29 to August 5, 2017 . . . or just for your own enjoyment.

    Professional house researcher Linda Tulley will explain the research steps and the resources available, and answer specific questions, all in the library's Program Room. Then attendees can join Archival Center librarian Sharon Spieldenner for a tour of the library's extensive records collection.

    Admission is free. Plus, free poster board for your home's story will be available.

    The Newburyport Preservation Trust is the proud sponsor of "If This House Could Talk - Newburyport" during Yankee Homecoming, July 29 through August 5, 2017.

  • 08 Jun 2017 4:06 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The HABS and the 'HABs NOTS':
    Documenting the Architecture of Newburyport
    in the Historic American Buildings Survey
    by R.W. Bacon
    8.5 x 11.0 casebound; 160 pages;
    ISBN: 978-0-9977528-1-6; LOC: 2016920943

    "The newest must-have book on Newburyport architecture."
    - Northshore Magazine

    The HABS and the HABs Nots takes a look back at the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the federal program that advanced historic preservation in the 1930s. For viewing pleasure, the book presents the crisp analog photos and elegant measured drawings for surveys conducted in Newburyport, Mass., a small coastal city known widely for the riches of its authentic 18th- and 19th-century domestic architecture.

    The "HABs Nots" Gallery then takes a look at the future of preservation in the once down-and-out but rejuvenated port city. The city's smaller-footprint historic homes, never the subject of the HABS-like attention lavished upon Georgian and Federal-style showplaces, fill the city's 750-acre National Register Historic District and contribute to its ambiance. Yet their authenticity is at the greatest risk of being lost to the "march of progress."

    For additional context, the book includes chapters on the economic history of Newburyport; the origin of the HABS program; and the earlier efforts at documentation. Also included is an illustrated guide to 300 years of house styles in Newburyport, plus a bibliography-by-topic for history enthusiasts and preservation advocates.

    See and read sample pages here, including the front and back cover, table of contents, introduction, a typical HABS two-page spread, and the rationale for the "HABs Nots" Gallery that celebrates Newburyport's modest-sized historic homes.

    This new book is available for online purchase ($35 includes shipping) from (1) the Newburyport Preservation Trust, (2)  directly from the publisher ($35 includes shipping), Variety Arts Press, and (3) at slightly additional cost, from Amazon.com.

    About the author: Reginald W. Bacon is a museum and history professional with specialties in 17th- and 18th-century New England architecture and domestic life – and early 20th-century vaudeville and circus. His first career as a journalist, editor, and designer informs his current work in the museum field. A 35-year career as a touring professional acrobatic juggler and jazz/ragtime musician informed his performing arts research. He is the author of ten books on under-the-radar history, performing arts, and editorial/graphics topics. In a "busman's holiday" sort of way, he serves on the board of directors of several history and preservation organizations, including on the "working board" of the Newburyport Preservation Trust.


  • 05 May 2017 8:44 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The spring 2017 NPT Newsletter is hot off the press ...

    ... and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF digital format here.

    In this issue:

    - Preservation Week 2017 set for May 16-21, 2017, with exhibitions, tours, an author's talk and book-signing, "An Evening in Gaol," the annual Preservation Awards, and more. This year's theme, "Newburyport in the Historic American Buildings Survey," showcases the photos and measured drawings of surveys conducted in the 1930s. See the complete schedule here.

    - Go to Jail for preservation! Don't miss the opportunity to tour Newburyport's "Old Gaol" on Friday, May 19, 6-8 p.m. Go straight to registration information here!

    - A new "must-have" book on Newburyport architecture debuts during Preservation Week. The HABS and the HABs NOTs: Documenting the Architecture of Newburyport in the Historic American Buildings Survey by R.W. Bacon looks back at the wide-ranging federal program that advanced historic preservation in the 1930s, and features the photos and measured drawings from surveys conducted in Newburyport. The book includes chapters on economic history, origins of the HABS program, an illustrated guide to 300 years of house styles in Newburyport, topical bibliographies, and "The HABs NOTS" Gallery, celebrating the more modest-size historic homes in Newburyport's National Register Historic District. Read more about the book ... or order your copy online ... here.

    - The '1690 House': Deja vu all over again? Read an update about another instance of developer disregard for requirements, slack city enforcement, and more of Newburyport's historic authenticity lost.

    Happy reading ... and feel free to share your newsletter with interested folks and prospective NPT members.

  • 10 Jul 2016 10:48 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)
    Wipe off the frown ... and replace it with "Amazon Smile"!

    Do you buy stuff on Amazon.com? Of course you do! Even if you don't shop there for all your thingamajigs and watchamacallits, you surely go to Amazon.com for access to scholarly tomes, obscure literature, and hard-to-find recordings.

    Now, when you shop at Amazon.com, make sure to sign in through the "Amazon Smile" program, and a whopping 0.5% of your purchase price will go to support the Newburyport Preservation Trust! Don't laugh --- it all adds up! So the next time you browse Amazon.com, wipe off the frown and click on this link to Amazon Smile.

    Better yet, copy the link to your desktop for even faster and easier access!

  • 25 Jun 2016 8:22 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    "Researching Your Historic Home" available online

    The June 25 presentation at the Newburyport Public Library, "Researching Your Historic Home," is now viewable and downloadable here in PDF format. Presenter Linda Tulley, a professional house researcher, made the 29-slide PDF file available to the Newburyport Preservation Trust as part of its Do It Ye Self series. The Newburyport Presevation Trust is among the sponsors of the Yankee Homecoming week event, "If This House Could Talk" (July 30 - August 6), and the house research presentation can help participants discover interesting facts for their homes to mutter, shout, or jabber (figuratively, of course) during that event.

  • 13 May 2016 11:29 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The presentation graphics of "Newburyport's Architecture of Faith," the preview program of Preservation Week 2016, are now online for close-up study. Also in downloadable PDF format is the handout for the program presented Tuesday, May 10, at St. Anna's Chapel of St. Paul's Church.

    Click on the following link for the informative program handout.

    Click on the following link for the presentation graphics. (Despite file compression, the number of photos makes this a large file.)

    The program encompassed the roots of New England church architecture, from the pagan rockpiles and "heathen halls" of Celtic cultures in northern Europe, to the formalized styles of later centuries, to the austere Puritan meeting houses, down to the American amalgam of styles still present today in the churches that contribute to Newburyport's atmosphere and sense-of-place. The presentation graphics include photos of the city's churches: old and new, past and present, defunct and re-purposed. The program was presented by museum/history professional R.W. Bacon.


  • 01 Jan 2016 8:00 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    A Measure of Change (1975) by Lawrence Rosenblum is a must-see eye-opener for every new arrival to Newburyport, and for those who may have forgotten the 1960s-70s. In just 29 minutes, the video documentary examines the landmark decision to use historic preservation principles for the first time in federal HUD urban renewal projects. Because of its relevance to multiple preservation topics, links to this video can be found in several places on the NPT web site, including the Preservation Resources & Links page. Or, you can go directly to the video here.

  • 22 Nov 2015 11:54 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The Newburyport Preservation Trust has a new presence on Facebook! Members and website users are urged to visit and multiply.

    While the NPT website is a massive compilation of valuable content, the new Facebook page promises wider and more immediate contact for our "calls to action" and preservation advocacy efforts. The very nature of Facebook, with contacts multiplying faster than rabbits, is sure to boost the profile of NPT in Newburyport and beyond.

    To visit the public Facebook page and click your lasting affection, here is the link: www.facebook.com/newburyportpreservationtrust. Then make sure to visit often to keep up with the latest developments on the preservation front.

  • 01 Jan 2014 10:00 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    This news item is always current: Newburyport residents can monitor the pulse of preservation at meetings of the city's Historical Commission, City Council, Zoning Board of Appeals, and other boards and committees.

    The Newburyport Historical Commission meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport.

    The Newburyport Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport.

    Confirm specific meeting dates and times for the City Council and other boards at the city's online meeting calendar.

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