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  • 27 Jul 2020 9:10 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT summer 2020 newsletter is hot off the press
    ...and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - "If This House Could Talk" event is in the spotlight as a socially-distanced Yankee Homecoming activity July 26 through August 2.

    - In a crisis, historians & preservationists are urged to make history useful in the present. Professional associations in the history and preservation field renew the call for anti-racism initiatives. (by R.W Bacon, history/museum professional & NPT board member).

    - New book tops the field in historic house restoration. A book review of Restoring Your Historic House: The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners, by Scott T. Hanson.

    - William Lloyd Garrison birthplace. After consultation, NPT hopeful for "sensitive" restoration of Georgian facade.

    - Last call for "1690 House" staircase and wainscotting. The best outcome would keep this salvaged material in Newburyport.

  • 27 Apr 2020 1:39 PM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT spring 2020 newsletter is hot off the press
    ...and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - "Preservation" takes on new meaning as priorities shift to preserving public health, sanity, optimism, & unity.

    - Preservation Week 2020 cancelled, but there's still plenty to do for old house enthusiasts.

    - Need your historic house fix?. Put on your mask and "take a hike."

    - In a world shut down, NPT board ramps up.

    - Catch up on your reading! Dive into the website ... or get lost in a book.

    - Georgian staircase needs a home in Newburyport.

  • 24 Mar 2020 9:29 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    NPT's Preservation Week 2020 cancelled
    as preservation of public health prevails

    In the interest of public health during the COVID-19 crisis, the Newburyport Preservation Trust has cancelled Preservation Week 2020 events previously scheduled for May 15-17.

    Presentations, tours, and programs in development for this year's theme, "The Mills of Newburyport: The Dream That Ran Out of Steam," will continue to be refined for presentation in May 2021.

    In the meantime, the non-profit all-volunteer Newburyport Preservation Trust continues to remotely monitor preservation-related issues, advocate for historic preservation awareness, and serve as an information resource to homeowners and developers.

    Although public programs are suspended, the Newburyport Preservation Trust website invites now-solitary lovers of Newburyport to immerse in its aggregated 6000 pages of architecture, history, and preservation-related content. You can start now, because you're already here!

  • 10 Feb 2020 9:36 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    The NPT winter 2020 newsletter is hot off the press
    ...and available in cool, easy-to-read PDF format HERE.

    In this issue:

    - NPT's Annual Meeting Feb. 23 will recap 2019 advocacy efforts ... and preview 2020 plans. This year's all-member Annual Meeting will be Sunday, February 23, 2020, 4 p.m., at the Riverside Cafe, located at the rear of the Towle Building, 260 Merrimac Street, Newburyport.

    - Preservation Week 2020 scheduled for May 15-17. This year's theme is "The Mills of Newburyport: The Dream That Ran out of Steam," a theme that encompasses not only the architecture of the city's mill buildings past and present, but also the interwoven histories of steam mill technology, entrepreneurial speculation, immigrant labor, neighborhood growth, the evolving economy, and more recent adaptation and preservation.

    - Preservation advocacy explained. A brief article presents the rationale for preservation advocacy at City Hall, and a crystal-clear diagram clarifies the process. Included is summary of 2019 advocacy efforts.

    - The beginnings of an archive for the NPT Historic House Plaque Program. With 45 historic house plaques mounted --- and research for more applicants in progress --- the accumulated research now has a home at the Newburyport Public Library Archival Center, and a summary-to-date on the NPT website.

    - Bricks 'n Brews. A thirst for knowledge and more drew a crowd to RiverWalk Brewery in Newburyport on January 23 to enjoy a lively and informative presentation by Mike Welch on the history of bricks and brick construction.

  • 31 Jul 2019 11:30 AM | 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.

    The book garnered publishing industry recognition as the recipient of the 2017 Book Award for Informational Nonfiction from the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE).

    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 award-winning 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

    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.

  • 31 Jul 2019 11:15 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.

  • 31 Jul 2019 11:15 AM | 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.

  • 31 Jul 2019 11:10 AM | Web Wrangler (Administrator)

    Visit the Newburyport Preservation Trust on Facebook! For the most up-to-date NPT news, members and website users are urged to visit and multiply.

    While the NPT website is a massive compilation of valuable content, our 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, boosts the profile of NPT in Newburyport and beyond.

    To visit the public Facebook page and click your lasting affection, here is the link: Make sure to visit often to keep up with the latest developments on the preservation front.

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

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

    Now, when you shop at, 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, 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.

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