Calendar of Events

Historic Newton offers a wide range of events that help contextualize Newton's story in the larger narrative of American history. See what's coming up in our schedule of lectures, panel discussions, concerts, tours, family programs, and more. To see a calendar view of these same events, go to the Historic Newton Events Calendar below. We look forward to seeing you at an event very soon. 

Historic Newton Events Calendar

MARCH

Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 pm
DISABILITY HISTORY: OVERLOOKED STORIES

To tell the often overlooked story of people with disabilities in America, students from Gann Academy share their research about individuals who attended the Fernald School in Waltham and the Peabody Home in Newton. Panels from the exhibition “Division, Unity, Hardship and Progress: A Disability History of the United States” will be on display during the program. Part of our "Expanding Our Narratives" series supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free with museum admission
Information: 617-641-9142

Saturday, March 9, 9:30 am
STORYTIME - ADVENTURE

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “adventure.”
Location: Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, March 13, 10:30 am
STORYTIME - ADVENTURE

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “adventure.”
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Thursday, March 14, 6:30 pm
OUT IN NEWTON: LGBTQ HISTORY

From creating the first Gay-Straight Alliance at a public high school in America to hosting one of the nation’s first gay weddings at City Hall, Newton has been at the forefront of LGBTQ history. Hear from those who participated in groundbreaking events and join us for a discussion. Part of our "Expanding Our Narratives" series supported in part by a grant from the Newton Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council.
Location: 
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: 
Free
Information: 
617-796-1450

Saturday, March 16, 9:15 am
LOOK CLOSER: HIDDEN HISTORY TOUR

What can a bed tell us about social status of the person who slept there? How does the architecture of a home reinforce gender roles? With a Historic Newton educator, examine selected objects to uncover the history hidden in plain sight in a 30-minute tour. This tour focuses on women.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free with museum admission
Information: 617-641-9142

Saturday, March 16, 4:00 pm
IRISH MUSIC WITH CEOL CORVUS

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, join us for a concert with Ceol Corvus, a trio of Boston-area musicians who play traditional Irish tunes and songs on a somewhat unlikely but quite pleasing combination of instruments: concertina, whistle, banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar and bodhran. Their style blends the classic sound of the traditional Irish music session -- something with which they are all very well-acquainted -- with more latter-day influences and arrangements, inspired by groundbreaking groups like Planxty, De Dannan, bohola, and the Bothy Band, among others. 
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Tickets: $15 per person; $10 for seniors, students, and Historic Newton members; free for children under age 12. Purchase tickets through historicnewton.org or at the door, space permitting.
Information: 617-641-9142

Saturday, March 23, 9:30 am
STORYTIME - BRAVERY

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “bravery.”
Location: Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, March 27, 10:30 am
STORYTIME - BRAVERY

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “bravery.”
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm
NEW ISRAEL/NEW ENGLAND: JEWS AND PURITANS IN EARLY AMERICA

Explore the complex and often contradictory meanings that Puritans in colonial New England attached to Judaism and the fraught attitudes that they bore toward the Jews as a people. Learn more about the lives of prominent Jews in the Boston area, and how the Puritans interacted with them, in this lecture by author Michael Hoberman.
Location: Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street
Admission: 
Free
Information: 
617-796-1450

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 pm
HISTORY BOOK CLUB MEETING

The History Book Club of Historic Newton meets to discuss Empire of Cotton by Sven Beckert. This is the story of the cotton industry, representing the first step in the development of the modern industrial economy and the constant struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, farmers and merchants and workers and factory owners. Read the book in advance and join the discussion.
Location: Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free and open to all
Information: 617-796-1450

APRIL
Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to our museums.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME – RAIN

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “rain.”
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 am
STORYTIME – RAIN

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “rain.”
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Saturday, April 20, 9:30 am
STORYTIME – SPRING

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “spring.” 
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, April 24, 10:30 am
STORYTIME – SPRING

Our free, bi-weekly Storytime program engages kids 0 months to 3 years old by focusing on literacy, Newton's history, play, and lessons from our museums. Families are welcome to bring older siblings. This week’s theme is “spring.” 
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 pm
WALKING TOUR OF LOWER FALLS

This special tour with Historic Newton and the Wellesley Historical Society focuses on the rise and fall of industry in Lower Falls. Learn how the Charles River once powered nationally renowned paper mills. Also see the village that early residents built, including St. Mary’s Church and the one-time community hall that is now Lower Falls Wine Company. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and is recommended for adults and teens. Part of our “Crossing Borders” series, a collaboration between Historic Newton, the Natick Historical Society, the Needham History Center and Museum, and the Wellesley Historical Society. Sponsored by Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation.
Location: Meet outside Starbucks, 2322 Washington Street, Newton Lower Falls
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person; register through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come to the start of the tour
Information: 617-796-1450 or 781-235-6690 

MAY
Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE WEEKEND AT HISTORIC NEWTON

Everyone is invited to enjoy free admission to our museums.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Sunday, May 5, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
MEET THE MAKERS

Connect with Newton artists and authors at both of Historic Newton’s museums. Throughout the day, local artists will exhibit and sell their work to the public in exhibit rooms at the Jackson Homestead and the Durant Kenrick House and Grounds. From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., local authors of adult and children's books will sell and sign their books. This free, family-friendly program includes admission to both museums. Part of the 2019 Newton Festival of the Arts. For updates, go to newtonma.gov/MeetTheMakers.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Sunday, May 19, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
2019 NEWTON HOUSE TOUR

Historic Newton’s annual Newton House Tour gives visitors a rare opportunity to tour carefully selected, remarkable private residences and properties in Newton. The tour showcases outstanding historic preservation as well as creative modern interpretation in a broad range of architectural and interior design styles. Celebrate Newton’s rich architectural heritage with us.
Location: Begin at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, to pick up a map for the self-guided tour.
Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 on the day of the tour; Historic Newton members receive $5 off each ticket. Purchase through newtonma.gov/HouseTour or call 1-800-838-3006.
Information: 617-796-1450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 9:30 am
PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 9:30 am
PLANTING FOR THE FUTURE