Event History Lecture Series: If This House Could Talk- The Past Three Years

March 10, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us at the Newburyport Public Library for a series of presentations on various topics in local history.

“If This House Could Talk” is an event sponsored by the Newburyport Preservation Trust that encourages homeowners to tell stories about their homes. Homeowners then post the stories on poster board in front of their homes during the week of Yankee Homecoming. In 2018, over 110 homes participated.

"If This House Could Talk" has become the event that put the "Home" in Yankee Homecoming. It’s a grass roots community event that neighbors and families have enjoyed. How did it happen?

Come hear Jack Santos provide a recap of the last three years of "If This House Could Talk" - the best, the funniest, the most poignant, the most historical signs and stories. Find out where the idea of "Talking Houses" came from, and some of the challenges in creating the program. Why did he even bother to do this? Where else is this being done? Why do people participate? What has it accomplished? And what's in store for the future?

Newburyport Archival Center's head archivist, Sharon Spieldenner, will also give a short presentation. Find out from Sharon what kind of resources are available in our archives for people wishing to research their homes.

As this talk is expected to possibly exceed our room capacity, we will be handing out free tickets starting at 1:30 pm.

This year's history lecture series dates are February 24th, March 3rd, March 10th, and March 17th.

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