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Adult Groups

At Historic Newton, audiences of all ages discover new perspectives on U.S. history by exploring Newton’s past. Our programs make lively use of historical artifacts, documents, architecture, and works of art.

Our professional educators present lectures and images designed to stimulate discussion and further inquiry. Choose from our selection of programs or let us tailor the content to participants’ interests and abilities. Our collections span more than four centuries of history and can support learning in a wide variety of subject areas.

Complete details about the variety of programs we offer can be found in our brochure.

An adult program at Historic Newton
Program FAQs
Programs can be presented at the Jackson Homestead and Museum, the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds or at your site.

Programs run for approximately one hour.

Programs at the Jackson Homestead and Museum or at the Durant- Kenrick House and Grounds cost $6 per person ($60 minimum).

rograms at your site cost $90 per presentation.

Cancellations must be made at least 2 business days in advance to avoid being charged the full program fee.

How do I schedule a program?

Click here to reserve a program using our on-line form or contact Roz Kreizenbeck at or 617-796-1463 to schedule a program.

Programs we offer
Programs can be presented at the Jackson Homestead and Museum, the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds or at your site.
Full information about each program available here.

Adult programs at Historic Newton

  • Journey on the Underground Railroad – discover the stories of brave men and women who dared to free themselves from slavery and how the Jackson family helped them on their journey. The Jackson Homestead is a documented stop on the Underground Railroad.
  • Introducing Newton History – an introduction to everything Historic Newton has to offer, including our museums and historic properties, plus the history of Newton from 1600 to 1900.
  • Memories to Hand Down – this interactive workshop gives you a chance to remember the world that you experienced in your lifetime and helps you think about what you would like to record for future generations.
  • Tea and Revolution – learn the history of this popular, and sometimes controversial, beverage from ancient China up through the Boston Tea Party and the beginning of the Revolutionary War in America.
  • Historic Houses of Newton – view a sampling of Newton’s hundreds of beautiful historic homes through photographs, learn how changes in daily life spurred changes in architecture, and hear the stories of some of the people who once lived in these homes.
  • Ellen Jackson: An Accidental Historian – learn about the legacy that Ellen Jackson, part of the family that owned the Jackson Homestead, left through her paintings and her diary, which is considered one of the most important histories of Newton written in the 19th century.
  • Apples and Abolition: The Kenrick Family Story – we follow the fortunes of the Kenrick family starting in 1790. John Kenrick publishes The Horrors of Slavery, but ends up with a dilemma when his son starts a mulberry plantation in Virginia and the only people available to work are enslaved African-Americans.
  • Recreation and Romance:  Norumbega Park and the Totem Pole Ballroom – for 66 years Norumbega Park and the Totem Pole in Auburndale were the place for canoeing, amusements, and dancing to the big bands! Enjoy a private viewing of the film, Return to Norumbega Park.