From the Director's Desk - June News
A Note from John Mayer, Executive Director
As we enter the summer months, we are working "behind the scenes" to prepare fall programs and events for 2018 - Amesbury's 350th celebration. But first - here are some exciting events that are more current:
The Carriage Museum at Amesbury Days
The week-long series of Amesbury Day events took place last week. I saw many of you out and about during these various events. It is a great way to celebrate the Amesbury community.
The Carriage Museum offered activities during these events:
Amesbury Block Party
Thursday, June 22
Our tent was near the public library.
Make and Take - Hands-on Family Activity
Saturday, June 24
City Hall parking lot, 62 Friend Street.
Amesbury teacher (and ACM Board member) Amy Mitchell organized a fun (and free!) vehicle-making event for all.
Sunday, June 25
Downtown Amesbury / Millyard Amphitheater
The center of town was filled with vintage cars, and in the millyard the Museum hosted a display of historic vehicles. Visitors had a chance to see some carriages from the collection and other Amesbury-bodied vehicles. We conducted walking tours and many families and children climbed aboard a farm wagon for pictures. Lots of supporters stopped by to say "hello!" and have some fun!
In other news - The Millyard Guidebook
Just recently, we received notice that the Society for Industrial Archeology has awarded the museum a partial grant to fund the production of a new guide to the Amesbury Millyard. The guidebook will be available on our website, in printed form, shared with teachers and students, and used in our exhibit program.
The project is not yet fully funded - we would welcome your contribution to see it completed: https://www.gofundme.com/amesburyguidebook
The "Museum without Walls" Curriculum Project Begins
This week brought six teachers together to integrate information about Amesbury history into the existing curriculum. Our goal is simple - to connect students to Amesbury history and NOT overwhelm teachers with more assignments.
Thanks again for your interest, membership and support. I will keep you informed as our programs take form and I hope to see many of you at one of our upcoming events!
The Amesbury Carriage Museum receives sponsorship support from area businesses including Amesbury Chevrolet, Gould Insurance, Stone Ridge Properties, Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, the Sylvan Street Grille and from individual sponsors. Thank you! We are grateful to our 2017 Program Sponsors!