Amesbury Millyard Walking Tours to Support Amesbury Cultural Council
Nov
11
11:00 AM11:00

Amesbury Millyard Walking Tours to Support Amesbury Cultural Council

At 11 am and again at 1 pm, we will offer walking tours of the Amesbury Millyard in support of the Amesbury Cultural Council's Open Studio.  Come learn about the Powow River and the growth of industry in Amesbury.  Tours are free and will begin in Market Square near the Gateway Arch.

After the tour - plan to visit the open artist studios located throughout Amesbury.  Information about the Amesbury Cultural Council and its open studios is available here.
 

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A Community Conversation - the Amesbury Carriage Museum: Building Plans for the Future
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

A Community Conversation - the Amesbury Carriage Museum: Building Plans for the Future

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Join the conversation and learn about plans for the future for the Amesbury Carriage Museum.

Free admission. All are welcome. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Executive Director John Mayer and President of the Board of Directors Mary Chatigny will outline a vision for the Carriage Museum and highlight how new programs are building a foundation for the future.

The audience will be asked to participate in the discussion and explore the type of organization that can engage all segments of the Amesbury community.

There have been some exciting programs and important accomplishments to celebrate as we all look forward to the city's 350th anniversary - a year that can further strengthen the role of the museum in the community.

Please join us for an evening of open and creative discussion about the future for the Amesbury Carriage Museum.

For more information please contact John Mayer, Executive Director - jmayer@amesburycarriagemuseum.com.


 

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2017 Amesbury Carriage Museum 32nd Annual Meeting, "Cities at the Falls"
Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

2017 Amesbury Carriage Museum 32nd Annual Meeting, "Cities at the Falls"

About the Annual Meeting and Dinner – 5:30 pm:
The 32nd Annual Meeting will include a cash bar and buffet dinner provided by Ristorante Molise, a brief business meeting, and followed by a special program featuring guest speaker, Dr. Patrick Malone.  Our meeting will highlight the progress made over the past twelve months, a brief summary of our plans for 2018, and an opportunity to meet museum leadership. 
 
The cash bar will open at 5:30 pm – the dinner will be served at 6:00 pm!
 
There is a $30 charge per person for the dinner; pre-registration by September 14 is required.     
 
About the Annual Meeting Program – 7:00 pm
The Annual Meeting Program follows the dinner and features the nationally known historian, Dr. Patrick Malone, who will share his work researching the industrial history of water-powered mills throughout New England.   The presentation supports the efforts of the Amesbury Carriage Museum to document industrial sites in the city including textile mills, carriage manufacturing companies and other workplaces.

The Program:      
CITIES AT THE FALLS:   WATERPOWER IN LOWELL AND AMESBURY

Waterpower spurred the industrialization of the United States and was the dominant form of power for manufacturing until after the Civil War.  It is not surprising that both Lowell and Amesbury grew at major drops on the Merrimack River system, one on the main stream and the other on a small but steep tributary.  This illustrated presentation will look at how these manufacturing centers harnessed the energy of falling water to drive machinery and support economic development.  Professor Malone will focus primarily on Lowell, the subject of his recent book, but he will also demonstrate the significance of waterpower in Amesbury.

The Speaker:       
Patrick M. Malone
 is professor emeritus of American Studies and Urban Studies at Brown University.  He is a past president of the Society of Industrial Archeology, author of Waterpower in Lowell (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), and co-author, with Robert Gordon, of The Texture of Industry (Oxford University Press, 1994).  His current research project is a collaborative investigation of the promise and failure of nineteenth-century tide mills in the Back Bay of Boston.

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Aperture on Amesbury, No. 2
May
20
9:00 AM09:00

Aperture on Amesbury, No. 2

Meeting Location: Heritage Center building / lower millyard, 29 Water St.,  Amesbury
Admission: $10 non-members, free for members

Led by photographer Tim Gurczak, participants will view industrial Amesbury and Carriage Hill with a photographer’s perspective. The walking tour will include selected mill buildings and industrial sites with many opportunities to photograph spaces and details inside and outside.

Participants must be at least 15 years old and capable of climbing multiple stair flights.

Preregistration is required, and space is limited. Register now.
 

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Along the River Family Walking Tour
May
6
9:30 AM09:30

Along the River Family Walking Tour

Location: Millyard Archway, Market Square, Amesbury
Family Admission: $25 non-members, $20 members

Bring the entire family for a walking tour to learn about the waterfalls, dams, big bolts and bridges along the river and discover what was made in the all those looming factory buildings.  Registration is $20 for Members and $25 for non-members.  Amesbury educator Bruce McBrien joins ACM Executive Director John Mayer for a guided tour of the river geared toward kids and families. 

Advance registration required. Register online

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Bailey Lecture: Philip Winn, Project for Public Spaces

What if we Built Amesbury Around Places? – Discovering and Activating our Shared Spaces

April 13, 2017, 7:00pm
Location: Amesbury City Hall Auditorium, 62 Friend St.
Free admission
Open to the public

This program will introduce the concept of “Placemaking” as a valuable tool for city development and an essential aspect of community life. These spaces can be intentionally created and when developed well, can effectively encourage economic growth and new uses by community members of all types.

As an experienced practitioner with the internationally recognized Project for Public Spaces, Philip Winn will explain the Placemaking approach and provide examples of how different cities have embraced an iterative and collaborative model as the basis for development projects. These case studies will include simple, low-cost initiatives and more complex projects, each in a variety of urban environments.  The different projects successfully supported economic growth, cultural activities, and recreational uses in the city.

All of these projects share an essential quality – the community was involved in the process of discovery, design, and development.

With the opportunity to influence the future use of the Lower Millyard and other areas, this program will have particular value to Amesbury and include both an interactive exercise to identify placemaking opportunities and an open conversation about potential approaches to this area.

For in-depth information, download these booklets about Placemaking:

Project for Public Spaces Placemaking booklet

MassINC/ArtPlace Placemaking Report

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Apr
3
5:30 PM17:30

History on Tap

Crave Restaurant, 32 Elm St., Amesbury

This is the second History on Tap program – a social occasion with historical content to share. History on Tap marks the beginning of the program season.

The event is open to the community – there is no admission fee.

The program will showcase the work of the volunteers involved in the Amesbury Industrial Survey. Members of the survey team will share and explain examples of survey materials – maps, photographs, historical reports – that together represent detailed information about the industrial history of Amesbury.

Beginning in April 2016, this volunteer group has been gathering historical information about industrial Amesbury. The scope and range of source material is incredible - written and published histories, maps, photographs, and artifacts that illustrate the evolution of the town and shed light on changes to the built environment.

Crave Restaurant will serve hors d’oeuvres and there will be a cash bar.
 

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2016 Annual Dinner Meeting
Sep
22
5:30 PM17:30

2016 Annual Dinner Meeting

Join us for our annual meeting (marking our 30th year of operations!) and dinner catered by Phat Cats Restaurant. Our meeting will highlight the progress made over the past twelve months and our plans for 2017 as well as an opportunity to meet museum leadership.  We will officially welcome three new Trustees to the organization – Amy Mitchell, Christopher Deorocki, and Abigail Bottome.

Following our dinner meeting join us for an illustrated talk with industrial photographer Jet Lowe. 

Jet Lowe is a nationally known documentary photographer who worked for over thirty five years with the National Park Service and the Historic American Engineering Record.   Lowe’s photographs create a permanent record of important historic landmarks, engineering structures, and places of work.  The scope of and scale of his catalog is dramatic. Lowe has documented early colonial mills and twentieth-century space equipment. His photographs provide a vivid record of work, industry, and innovation in our country.

Lowe was part of efforts in the 1970s to study textile mills in New England.  As a result of these efforts, city planners learned about the importance of these buildings and were better able to preserve and adapt these places for new uses.   

Lowe will share stories through an illustrated talk highlighting some projects that he found particularly important.

The dinner will begin at 5:30 pm and be held in the High School Cafeteria.  Register for the dinner by September 16. 

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Sep
10
9:00 AM09:00

Society for Industrial Archeology: Industrial Amesbury Tour

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED

 

The Amesbury Carriage Museum invites members of both New England chapters of the SIA to tour industrial Amesbury Massachusetts on September 10.  Registration begins at 9:00 with the tour starting at 9:30 am.  Space is limited to 40 people.  Please register by September 6 to ensure your place for the day.

The tour includes several special opportunities – access to early textile and carriage-making buildings, a process tour through an operating, traditional silver workshop, and a visit to a 21st-century innovation center and maker space. 

Tour leaders will provide an orientation to the town and describe the museum’s ongoing effort to research, survey, and catalog the industrial history of Amesbury.  Coffee and lunch are provided in the registration fee.  Don’t miss out - the day promises to be full of interesting information and unusual industrial sites.

While Amesbury is well known as a center for carriage manufacturing, volunteer researchers are uncovering a broader history of industry and innovation. Abundant water power and water transportation attracted entrepreneurs and industrialists as early as 1641. They built grist mills and sawmills on the falls of the Powow River, followed by iron works, nail-making mills, textile factories, hat and shoe shops, and carriage and automobile works. Industrial figures Ezra Worthen and Paul Moody, well known for their successes in Waltham and Lowell, got their start in Amesbury’s textile factories.

Volunteer researchers will describe what they’ve found during the first six months of the Amesbury Industrial Survey.  A walking tour of industrial sites will fill most of the day, including visits to Old Newbury Crafters, manufacturing companies, and Amesbury Industrial Supply, old-style hardware store.  Building owners have saved these structures from the wrecking ball and adapted them to innovative 21st century uses. 

The registration fee of $20 per person includes morning coffee and lunch provided by The Noshery, Amesbury. Please note - the annual SNEC-SIA business meeting will be held during lunch. 

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Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

Author's Talk - Ingenious Machinists with Anthony Connors

Join us for a short presentation and conversation with Anthony Connors, author of the 2014 book Ingenious Machinists: Two Inventive Lives from the Industrial Revolution published by SUNY.  Featured in the book is the story of Paul Moody – a machinist and inventor who apprenticed in the Amesbury mills in the early 1800s.  Moody went on to work for the Boston Associates in Waltham and Lowell, Massachusetts where he contributed to the development of power looms and the growth of the American textile industry.

The program will feature a short history about Moody and his work in Amesbury and a conversation with a local group developing an industrial survey of Amesbury. Get a sneak peek with this free preview of Chapter One

The program is free and open to the public. 

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Aug
11
5:30 PM17:30

Eat and Drink with the Amesbury Carriage Alliance

The Amesbury Carriage Alliance would like to invite you to eat and drink with us! This event hosted by the Amesbury Carriage Alliance and Amesbury Carriage Museum to support our fundraising efforts for the Heritage Center Project.  Our goal is $15,000 and we need your help to get there. 

We are meeting in the beautiful and historic space at No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits. Enjoy a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. 

R.S.V.P. required. Please call 978-388-3178 or email info@amesburycarriagealliance.com by no later than 8.8.16. 

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Aperture Amesbury No. 1
May
21
9:00 AM09:00

Aperture Amesbury No. 1

Join us on Saturday, May 21st from 9am to 1pm for a photo/walking tour of select mill buildings in downtown Amesbury. By special permission of building owners, we will have the chance not only to examine but photograph rarely seen elements and interiors that speak of our rich industrial heritage in its heyday. 

All skill levels welcomed, the only requirement is the ability the fitness to walk up and down multiple flights of stairs with ease and be at least 15 years of age.

In order to maximize the experience, tickets are extremely limited. $15 for members of the Amesbury Carriage Museum and $20 for not-yet-members. 

To register, please send an email with your name and telephone number to amesburycarriagemuseum@gmail.com. You will receive an email confirming your attendance, if tickets are available.

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Bailey Family Foundation Speaker Series: Jeff Speck Walkable Cities
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Bailey Family Foundation Speaker Series: Jeff Speck Walkable Cities

Join us on April 14 at 7 pm at Amesbury City Hall for the inaugural event in our Bailey Family Foundation Speaker series.

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. Walkable cities encourage pedestrian traffic by offering safe and comfortable places and spaces for walking. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, Speck presided over the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design.

With Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mr. Speck is the co-author of The Smart-Growth Manual and the “modern classic” Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.”  His latest book, Walkable City, was the best selling city-planning book of 2013-14.

In a 2012 interview with NPR Speck said, “…what happened in the last decade is that these other groups who get a lot more attention — doctors, economists, scientists — have begun to realize that the traditional neighborhood and particularly urban neighborhoods are much more sustainable environmentally, much more successful economically, and much, much better for us in terms of our health."

Speck's talk will begin at 7 pm followed by a Q&A and book signing. This event is offered free and open to the public thanks to the generous and continued support of the Bailey Family Foundation. 

 

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History on Tap
Mar
31
5:00 PM17:00

History on Tap

The Amesbury Carriage Museum presents: History On Tap, a social gathering for local history lovers and fans of Amesbury! 

Join us at Amesbury's famous Noshery to meet our new executive director John Mayer and to examine rarely seen items from our special collections. The Carriage Museum is exploring new historical programs for our community.  History on Tap will provide a perfect setting for you to share your knowledge of history and to help us with our plans.  

Shake off the winter and join us anytime between 5:00 and 7:30pm on March 31st at 11 Elm Street, Amesbury, MA to enjoy the fine beverages and Hors d'Oeuvres of The Noshery as well as the company and knowledge of your fellow neighbors!

The Amesbury Carriage Museum is a major partner in the Amesbury Heritage Center initiative.   For more information, visit our website at amesburycarriagemuseum.com.

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Annual Dinner Meeting
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Dinner Meeting

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Come join us for a tasty dinner catered by Phat Cats Bistro and An Architectural Survey of Amesbury at the Height of the Carriage Industry, a presentation by Jay S. Williamson. 

In the late 1800s burgeoning wealth from the booming carriage industry gave birth to an upwardly mobile middle class in Amesbury. This class could now afford horses and carriages of their own, a luxury almost unheard of 100 years prior. Join us as Amesbury resident Jay S. Williamson leads a virtual tour of the development of Amesbury's highlands shortly after the Civil War during the heyday of carriage manufacturing by highlighting the era's outbuildings, carriage houses and landscaping.

Jay S. Williamson is an Amesbury resident and longstanding Historical Commission member as well as the former curator of the Historical Society of Old Newbury (1997-2014). He is also a dealer of American and European fine art and antiques, buying and selling for over 25 years throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. His great-grandfather Edwin Irving Colby was a carriage trimmer at Biddle & Smart in Amesbury, MA.

Cost of tickets is $30.00 and can be purchased by sending an email to amesburycarriagemuseum@gmail.com requesting a ticket or sending a check payable to Amesbury Carriage Museum to P. O. Box 252, Amesbury MA 01913

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Heritage Center Feasibility Study Update
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Heritage Center Feasibility Study Update

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We are thrilled to invite our members to supporters to join us Thursday June 11 for an update on our recently completed feasibility study.  Representations from the Carriage Museum the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, Museum Insights the consultant hired to complete the study and architectural firm Finegold Alexander will be on hand to present details including strategic initiatives, current resources and constraints, a preliminary capital budget and suggested museum programming, as well as architectural concepts to provide space within the Amesbury Heritage Center for the Amesbury Carriage Museum, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, a visitors center and event rental space.  

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The Lost Art of Etiquette
May
3
2:00 PM14:00

The Lost Art of Etiquette

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Join us for the second event in our annual lecture series. Come early to view selections from the Amesbury Hat Museum's collection and enjoy some refreshments. Then beginning at 3 pm join Megan MacNeil, registrar for Historic New England who will give a history of social etiquette using quotes and examples from the Phillips Family papers covering the period from 1880 to 1940. Using quotes from the Phillips’ journals, diaries, calendars, and letters she discusses letter writing etiquette, how to pay a visit and when to leave a calling card - expected behavior for different members of the Phillips family and household staff- as well as proper dining room and parlor etiquette. 

Admission is free for museum members, $5 for non-members. 
 

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Feb
1
1:00 PM13:00

Author Edith Maxwell

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Edith Maxwell sets her Carriagetown Mysteries serious in none other than our own Amesbury. Join us for her talk " Life and Fiction in 1888: Merging the Two" and learn about her work and Amesbury as inspiration. 
Maxwell will discuss her research for the forthcoming Carriagetown Mysteries series and will share her process for incorporating historical details into a work of the imagination. Maxwell’s Carriagetown Mysteries series set in Amesbury in 1888, features Quaker midwife Rose Carroll who solves mysteries with John Greenleaf Whittier’s help. The first book in the series Breaking the Silence is due out in Spring 2016 from Midnight Ink.

Light refreshments will be served. Free for members. $5 for non-members.

Learn more about the author on her website: www.edithmaxwell.com

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Sep
23
5:30 PM17:30

Amesbury Carriage Alliance Public Forum for Feasibility Study

Consultants from Museum Insights will facilitate a discussion with the public to discuss the potential success of the Amesbury Carriage Museum and Visitor Center joint initiative with the Chamber of Commerce.  The consultants are gathering input from various constituencies but we want to be sure we don't leave anyone out.  Come out and join the conversation!  

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Sep
16
to Sep 18

Annual Meeting and Social

A night of celebration and recognition for our members. Join us for dinner, remarks form former Director of Community and Economic Development Joe Fahey, elections and our Carriage House Award ceremony. Dinner will be catered by the delicious Phat Cats Bistro! Become a Carriage Musuem member and join us to celebrate. Email us at amesburycarriagemuseum@gmail.com for tickets.

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May
4
2:00 PM14:00

Old Mills and Water Power

Tom Kelleher is currently Chief Historian and Curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. In over twenty eight years at that premier living history museum he has worked as a costumed historical interpreter, trainer for the cooper shop, supervisor of the mills, coordinator of historic trades, research historian and program coordinator. Tom has researched and developed dozens of historic characters and programs, which he has presented at scores of museums, schools and historical societies around the country. 

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