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

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

Saturday, May 4, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME – FRIENDS

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 “Friends.”
Location: 
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
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

Wednesday, May 8, 10:30 am
STORYTIME – FRIENDS

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 “Friends.”
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Saturday, May 18, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME – HAPPY

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 “Happy.”
Location: 
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
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

Wednesday, May 22, 10:30 am
STORYTIME – HAPPY

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 “Happy.”
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Thursday, May 23, 7:30 pm
HISTORY BOOK CLUB MEETING

The History Book Club of Historic Newton will meet to discuss Heirs of the Founders by H.W. Brands.  The author tells the riveting story of how, in 19th century America, a new set of political giants, Clay, Calhoun, and Webster, battled to complete the unfinished work of the Founding Fathers and decide the future of America. Read the book in advance and come to our discussion.
Location: Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free and open to all
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 pm
CROSSING BORDERS - THE FORCES THAT SHAPED OUR TOWNS
Urban planner James O’Connell has called Boston the “national pacesetter for suburbanization.”  Spurred first by a shortage of space, and then by convenient transportation, Boston has created around itself a network of suburbs – our towns among them – that constitute the world’s sixth-largest metropolitan area, and one of its most prosperous. 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.
Admission: Free
Location:
Needham History Center & Museum, 1147 Central Avenue, Needham
Information:
needhamhistory.org, 781-455-8860

Thursday, May 30, 7:00 pm
THE ADAMS STREET SHUL:
A CONGREGATION, A COMMUNITY, A CULTURE

Join Newton’s own Beryl Gilfix for a lecture that will explore the Jewish congregation from the Adams Street Shul, and the multi-ethnic community of Newton's immigrant neighborhood in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn about the Irish, French-Canadians, Italians and Jews who lived, studied, worked and were Americanized side by side. Gilfix is the granddaughter of the founder of the Adams Street Shul. She has served the congregation for over 30 years in various capacities, including president, secretary and chief fundraiser. A book sale will follow. This program is cosponsored by the Newton Free Library and is part of Newton Festival of the Arts.
Location: Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1360

Thursday, May 30, 7:00 pm
CROSSING BORDERS - WOMEN OF NATICK AND PONKAPOAG:
THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF PRAYING TOWNS

Join Kristen Wyman of the Natick Nipmuc Tribe and Elizabeth Solomon of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag for a conversation about the development of praying towns in 17th-century New England and how missionary work influenced national Indian policy and continues to perpetuate a myth of Indian extinction today. 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: Lebowitz Meeting Hall, Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central Street, Natick
Admission: Free
Information: natickhistoricalsociety.org, 508-655-0729

JUNE
Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 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, June 1, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME – GARDEN

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 “Garden.”
Location: 
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: 
Free
Information: 
617-796-1450

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 pm
CROSSING BORDERS - DOWN BY THE RIVER: NEW TAKES ON CHARLES RIVER HISTORY

After years of researching and exploring the Charles River, presenter Kathleen Rowe has assembled a visual journey along this famous river as it winds through cities and towns in the watershed. She points out historic sites and events that have taken place along the river, while also describing some of the initiatives that have brought the Charles to its world-class status as an exemplary urban waterway. Enjoy scenic views and a few stories about the river today. Free admission. 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: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, June 5, 10:30 am
STORYTIME – GARDEN

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 “Garden.”
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

 
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, 6:30 pm
‘NONE BUT THE BEST’ PERFORMANCE
 
In the turmoil and strife that followed the U.S. Civil War, a family newspaper that started in Boston, The Youth’s Companion, was a welcome touchstone in half a million homes across the nation. The paper not only promoted patriotism and temperance but educated and enlightened its readers about events, people, and places both near and far. Reclusive publisher Daniel Sharp Ford quietly used his wealth to help thousands of disadvantaged people. In Good Company’s performance of “None but The Best” reveals the true story of a man whose generosity left its mark across Boston, New England, and the nation. 
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Tickets: $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, students, and Historic Newton members. Purchase through www.historicnewton.org or at the door, space permitting.
Information: 617-641-9142

Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 pm
WILLIAM KENRICK: THE FALLEN BARON OF FARLOW HILL

William Kenrick (1789-1872) was a horticulturalist of international renown, celebrated for his efforts to introduce fruits and plants popular in Europe into the United States. Come learn about his greatest triumphs, his greatest failures, and how a house that once sat high on a hill came to rest at the foot of Kenrick Park.
Location: Meet at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue; the museum will be open for exploration following the tour.
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person; register through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come to the start of the tour
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, June 15, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME – KINDNESS

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 “Kindness.”
Location: 
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: 
Free
Information: 
617-796-1450

Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 am
STORYTIME – KINDNESS

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 “Kindness.”
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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