John Mayer, Amesbury Carriage Museum Executive Director, will present "Textiles, Carriages and Industrial History - The Making of a Local History Museum in Amesbury."
Location: Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., Newburyport. More information at Newburyport Library website.
The Amesbury Carriage Museum is coordinating a special tour of Amesbury in connection with the Carriage Association's regional program.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 8.8.16.
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 email@example.com. You will receive an email confirming your attendance, if tickets are available.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a ticket or sending a check payable to Amesbury Carriage Museum to P. O. Box 252, Amesbury MA 01913
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.
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.
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
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!
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 email@example.com for tickets.
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.