Amesbury Open Studios - ACM Open House
Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

Amesbury Open Studios - ACM Open House

We welcome you to visit the ACM offices for a photo slideshow, some family fun activities, refreshments, and tours of the millyard. Learn about the museum, programs that we offer, and the exciting future ahead of us!

Walking tours of the millyard are at noon and 2pm.

Location: Hamilton Gateway entrance (Upper Millyard), Suite 101 (2nd floor)

Open house. No registration required.

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Aperture on Amesbury - Explore the Amesbury Millyard
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Aperture on Amesbury - Explore the Amesbury Millyard

Bring your camera and take a tour with guest artist/photographer Courtney Jordan to industrial sites, both interior and exterior.

The goal of the program is to provide opportunities to explore the built environment, to make photographic images that capture the qualities of these spaces, and through the production of a photographic collection - deepen the connection to Amesbury history.

We’ll develop a gallery on the museum website and select a few photos to display on easels in our offices for the Amesbury Open Studios event (Saturday, November 9th).

The sites we will visit include:

  • Mill 2 – historic 1826 mill building (interior & exterior)

  • Mill 7 – interior of Old Newbury Crafters

  • Counting House exterior

  • Powow River dam and other features

Starting location: Upper Millyard Gateway Arch, Main Street [map] [photo]

Members $15 / Non-members $20
Limited to 15 participants.
Pre-registration required. Register here.
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Courtney Jordan biography
(photo by Tim Gurczak)

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Sep
16
5:30 PM17:30

"Women's Work in the Mills" -- ACM Annual Meeting

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Dr. Elizabeth DeWolfe will explore the nature of work life in New England textile mills like those in Amesbury in the 19th century. Learn about the experiences of young women experiencing a new industrial environment and how the stories of their day-to-day lives have meaning in today’s world.

Reception: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6 pm
Program: 7 pm

Location:
Ristorante Molise, 1 Market Square, Amesbury

Registration:
EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Learning from the Industrial LandscapeThank you for your interest in the program - registration is closed.

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Conducted in partnership with the Southern New England Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology, the day-long program will encourage participants to look closely and learn from the industrial landscape, both in Amesbury and other communities. See how the history of a community can be better understood by viewing its buildings and other features and artifacts, which are often in plain sight.

The program includes a presentation about the construction of 19th century mill buildings, a tour of an early textile mill building and a second tour to view the features of industrial power systems in Amesbury’s millyard.

Presentations:
Sara Wermiel: Development of American Textile Mill Buildings in the 19th Century
Steve Dunwell: Hydro to Steam - Who’s Got the Power?

Location:
Amesbury Upper Millyard (Google Maps)
Event Location and Municipal Parking

Registration:
This is an advance registration and ticketed event.

ACM members: $20
Non-members: $25
Additional for Flatbread Pizza lunch: $8

Thank you for your interest in the program - registration is closed.

Program details and mail-in registration form

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Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Family Stories – Getting Started in Family History

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Join us and learn how to get started uncovering the stories of your ancestors. Melanie McComb, genealogist with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, will show you how to take the first steps in tracing your genealogy. Learn about the records and other sources available to you for uncovering your family’s history.

Location: Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm Street.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Light refreshments.

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Carriagetown Car Show
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Carriagetown Car Show

The Carriage Museum will display carriages and Amesbury-made automobile bodies on the Market Square bullnose.

That day’s carriage museum display is part of the Carriagetown Car Show, when downtown Amesbury is filled with classic, antiques, hot rods and rat rods. Many food vendors and stores will be open. Donations benefit the Carriage Museum and Amesbury Days.

Rain date: Sunday, July 7.

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Driving Through History
Jun
29
6:30 PM18:30

Driving Through History

Enjoy craft beer, wine, food and conversation while bidding on incredible auction items. Meet the owners and hear the history of the classic, vintage cars on display.

A fundraiser to help support the museum’s educational programs.

  • At the Amesbury Chevrolet Showroom

  • Live auction by John McInnis Auctioneers

  • Vintage cars on display

  • Food & cash bar (wine & craft beer)

  • Music by Mark Young

Ticket prices: Members - $40; Non-members - $50

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Members-Only Open House
Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

Members-Only Open House

Join us, and bring a friend, in celebrating our plans for our new facility. Take a tour of the future location of the Industrial History Center, enjoy refreshments and socialize with other members.

We'll also be taking membership renewals and new member sign-ups at the event!

Location: Amesbury Carriage Museum Offices, Suite 101, 5 Market Square, Amesbury.

For questions or more information, call 978-834-5058 or email: jmayer@amesburycarriagemuseum.com

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Annual Meeting – Fishtales: Preserving the History of the New Bedford Fishing Community
Sep
17
5:30 PM17:30

Annual Meeting – Fishtales: Preserving the History of the New Bedford Fishing Community

Carriage museum members and non-members are invited to Ristorante Molise to enjoy this illuminating presentation by Laura Orleans, Executive Director of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center. We will also review the Carriage Museum's impressive accomplishments and hear about exciting plans for the future.

Tickets: $40 non-members / $35 members

Preregistration by Sept 10 is requested.

Register by mail: Print the flyer and form, complete the form and mail with payment. (Instructions are on the form.)

Register online: Purchase your ticket with online registration.

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Engineering Amesbury: The Evolution of Our Water and Waste Systems
Sep
8
8:30 AM08:30

Engineering Amesbury: The Evolution of Our Water and Waste Systems

Discover the history and development of Amesbury’s water and wastewater infrastructure from the primitive systems of 150 years ago up through today's high-tech monitoring and control systems. Includes tours of the city’s water and wastewater treatment facilities.

This industrial tour is in cooperation with the Amesbury’s Department of Public Works and the Society for Industrial Archeology, Southern New England Chapter.

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Tickets: $20 ($15 for carriage museum members)

Preregistration has been extended to Sept 3 and is requested.

Register by mail: Print the flyer and form, complete the form and mail with payment. (Instructions are on the form.)

Register online: Purchase your ticket with online registration.

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350th Lecture – Family Stories: Making Carriages in Amesbury
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

350th Lecture – Family Stories: Making Carriages in Amesbury

Join us for a discussion featuring descendants of families who operated carriage making companies in Amesbury. After a brief conversation, the speakers will share ephemera from their collections and continue their conversations.

Bart Bailey is the son of the last president of the Bailey Manufacturing Company, and the great-grandson of the company founder, S. R. Bailey.

Bill Ellis has family roots dating back to 1863, when his great- great grandfather, W. G. Ellis of W.G. Ellis & Sons Carriage Company, arrived in Amesbury and became one of the town’s most industrious citizens.

Edith Maxwell (moderator) is a local author and a thirty-year member of Amesbury Friends Meeting, a docent at the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum, a member of the Amesbury Carriage Museum and the Bartlett Museum, and a proud resident of Amesbury for six years. Find her online at edithmaxwell.com.

The event is free and open to the public.

Location: Amesbury Senior Community Center, 68 Elm Street.

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Jul
1
9:00 AM09:00

Carriagetown Car Show

The Carriage Museum will display carriages and Amesbury-made automobile bodies on the Market Square bullnose.

That day’s carriage museum display is part of the Carriagetown Car Show, when downtown Amesbury is filled with classic, antiques, hot rods and rat rods. Many food vendors and stores will be open. Donations benefit the Carriage Museum and Amesbury Days.

Rain date: Sunday July 8.

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Making Automobiles in the Early Twentieth Century
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Making Automobiles in the Early Twentieth Century

Dr. Charles Hyde will explore the changing nature of the Detroit automobile industry beginning when auto-bodies were supplied by small firms, including many in Amesbury, and shipped to Detroit for final assembly.

Dr. Hyde is professor emeritus at Wayne State University in Detroit. He has written several books, including Arsenal of Democracy: The American Automobile Industry in World War II and Images from the Arsenal of Democracy.

Location: Amesbury Senior Community Center, 68 Elm Street.

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Incorporation Day Anniversary: Walking Tours of the Millyard
May
27
1:00 PM13:00

Incorporation Day Anniversary: Walking Tours of the Millyard

Help celebrate the 350th anniversary of Amesbury's incorporation as a town by bringing the family for a 1-hour walking tour to learn about the waterfalls, dams and former factory buildings in the once bustling upper millyard.

Tours start at 1 pm and 3 pm and each tour is limited to 30 persons. Arrive early to assure a space.

Starting location: Millyard Entrance, 5 Market Square.

After your tour, continue to celebrate Amesbury's Incorporation Day by stopping by the old railroad station in the lower Millyard (29 Water Street) and enjoying ice cream from Hodgie's.

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Mass. Memories Road Show
Apr
21
10:00 AM10:00

Mass. Memories Road Show

The Mass. Memories Road Show documents people, places and events in Massachusetts history through family photographs and stories. Carriage Museum volunteers, along with volunteers from nine other Amesbury civic groups, will scan family and community photographs and videotape “the stories behind the photos.”

Any Amesbury resident can bring up to three photos for the Amesbury community album, which will eventually become part of a state-wide digital collection called the Mass. Memories Road Show. Photos will be scanned on site and immediately returned to their owners.

The road show is an ongoing effort by the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The Amesbury event will be a wonderful way to help celebrate the our city's 350th anniversary.

Location: Amesbury High School, 5 Highland Street.

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History on Tap: Making Beer Along the Powow
Mar
26
5:30 PM17:30

History on Tap: Making Beer Along the Powow

Come to an evening at Brewery Silvaticus to learn about the beer-brewing craft. Brewer Mark Zappasodi will explain his brewing process, including ingredients and equipment - all situated in a historical mill building on the edge of the Powow River in downtown Amesbury.

There is no admission fee for the event and it's open to the public. Silvaticus will offer a cash bar.

Location: Brewery Silvaticus, 9 Water Street.

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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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