Past Events

Explore past events including lectures, panel discussions, concerts, and more. To learn about upcoming events, visit the Historic Newton Events Calendar. Thanks for coming to our past events and we look forward to seeing you in the future!

AUGUST 2019

Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 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

Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
FIELDS OF GREEN: NEWTON COMMUNITY FARM

Did you know that 150 years ago, much of Newton was active farmland? Come learn about the last active link to our agricultural past! This tour, led by Historic Newton and Newton Community Farm, covers the history of a site that has been farmed continuously for over 300 years. Explore different time periods, including the influence of Italian immigration to Newton. Finish the evening with a freshly harvested snack in the historic barn.
Location: Meet on the deck of the barn at Newton Community Farm, 303 Nahanton Street
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register in advance through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come on the day of the tour.
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, August 10, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

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

Sunday, August 11, 2:00 p.m.
TWO SCENIC SPOTS: HEMLOCK GORGE AND ECHO BRIDGE

Explore the geology, trees, plants and history of DCR Hemlock Gorge Reservation, one of the first five parks acquired by the Metropolitan Parks Commission in 1893.  Learn about the National Register listed Echo Bridge and plans to restore its historic railings. This guided tour will include stairs and an uphill trail segment over rocky terrain so proper footwear is recommended.
Location: Meet at the corner of Elliot and Chestnut Streets near the old mill (a.k.a. Echo Bridge Mall). Park on nearby streets.
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register in advance through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come on the day of the tour.
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

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

Saturday, August 24, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

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

Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 pm
POP-UP WALKING TOUR OF NEWTON HIGHLANDS
The area around the former Hyde School on Lincoln Street was once described in the Newton Times as “Victorian coziness and sensual hodge-podge.” Come see some outstanding 19th century homes in the neighborhood and hear more about the history of landmarks including the Sudbury Aqueduct and the Woman’s Club. Suggested donation, $10 per person.
Location: 
Meet in front of the Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln Street
Admission: 
Register in advance atwww.newtonma.gov/HNwalksor come to the start othe tour. Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, August 28, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

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

JULY 2019

Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 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

Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.
OAK HILL PARK: A LOCAL ‘UTOPIA’ 

Oak Hill Park, a little-known corner of Newton, was built in the late 1940s by a public-private partnership not just to house but to honor recently returned WWII veterans. Boston Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell in 1995 wrote, "The greenbelt system is what's unique about Oak Hill Park. There's nothing else like it in Massachusetts. And it's still intact. Even in today's privatized world, nobody has chopped the Oak Hill Park greenways into private, fenced barbecue patios." Led by Paul Eldrenkamp, Oak Hill Park resident of 26 years, the tour will show us what Campbell found so appealing about this close-knit neighborhood, and what's changed since Campbell wrote so compellingly of its charms.
Location: Meet at the Shuman Center, 675 Sawmill Brook Parkway. Park on nearby streets.
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register in advance through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come on the day of the tour.
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, July 13, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

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

Wednesday, July 17, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

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

Sunday, July 21, 2:00 p.m.
WHO INSPIRED OUR SCHOOL NAMES? 
A NEWTON CEMETERY TOUR 

Many elementary and middle schools are named for notable Newtonians. Stroll through the Newton Cemetery to see the final resting places and learn more about the lives of Dr. Henry Bigelow, F.A. Day, and others whose legacy continues in our public schools.
Location: Meet in front of the chapel just inside the main gate, 791 Walnut St, Newton Centre. Park in the lot to the left of the chapel.
Admission: Suggested donation, $10 per person. Register in advance through newtonma.gov/HNwalks or come on the day of the tour.
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, July 27, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

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

Wednesday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME AT THE MUSEUMS

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

JUNE 2019

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

Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 pm
NIXON KIDS: YOUNG VOTERS AND THE RISE OF CONSERVATISM, 1968-1980

In this talk, Seth Blumenthal of Boston University, author of Children of the Silent Majority, examines youth politics after 1968. He focuses on Richard Nixon's young supporters who were long overshadowed by their counterparts on the left and in the counterculture. Reconsidering Nixon's relationship with the Baby Boomer generation provides a revealing comparison to youth politics and protest during Donald Trump's presidency and its influence on America's political future. 
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Thursday, June 27, 7:30 pm
HISTORY BOOK CLUB MEETING

The History Book Club of Historic Newton meets to discuss The Great Warming by Brian Fagan. The book tells the history of shifting climatic conditions and their consequences from about A.D. 800 to 1300. No advance reservations are needed. Simply read the book in advance and join our discussion, which is free and open to all.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

MAY 2019

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

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 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

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

APRIL 2019
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
CROSSING BORDERS - 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 

MARCH 2019

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

FEBRUARY 2019

Saturday, February 2 and Sunday, February 3, 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, February 9, 9:30 am
STORYTIME - NATURE

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 “nature.” 
LocationJackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, February 13, 10:30 am

STORYTIME - NATURE
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 “nature.” 
Location: Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Saturday, February 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 work.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free with museum admission
Information: 617-641-9142

Wednesday, February 20 and Friday, February 22, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
VACATION WEEK FUN WITH HISTORY
This vacation week, bring your family to Historic Newton for a full day of historic fun. With Historic Newton educators, try out colonial-era games, explore the museum exhibits, make a diorama, roll your own candles, and more. Activities run from 11:30 to 1:30 and from 2:00 to 4:00 with a break for lunch. Come for one activity or stay all day! Recommended for elementary-age children; siblings welcome.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free with museum admission
Information: 617-641-9142

Saturday, February 23, 9:30 am
STORYTIME - CREATE

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

Wednesday, February 27, 10:30 am
STORYTIME - CREATE

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 “create.”
Location: Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton 02458
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Thursday, February 28, 7:00 pm
STORIES FROM A CENTURY OF BOSTON’S CYCLING HISTORY
Learn about the importance of bicycling to Boston’s culture for more than a century with author Lorenz J. Finison. Find out more about the Tour de Trump as it passed through Newton; the big bike nexus at Norumbega Park and the Lakes District; Newtonville’s Abbott Basset; and Kittie Knox, a young bi-racial seamstress well known in Boston cycling during the 1890s, and then largely forgotten. Follow highlights in racing, touring, commuting, bikeways, rails-to-trails, bike-trains, bike building, and women's cycling from the 1880s through the bicycling renaissance in the 1970s.
Location: 
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street
Admission: 
Free
Information: 
617-796-1450

JANUARY 2019

Saturday, January 5 and Sunday, January 6, 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, January 12, 9:30 am
STORYTIME - BUILDING
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 “building”. 
Location: 
Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street
Admission: 
Free
Information: 
617-796-1450

Sunday, January 13, 2:00 pm
THE POWER OF THE BODY:
MOVEMENT AND COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
What stories do our bodies hold? Movement can help us find out. With facilitator Melissa Alexis, we explore our stories through holistic yoga practice, and move into a community conversation, finding language to be direct and authentic with each other. Together we examine how to create inclusive spaces for people with a broad range of personal histories. This program is a part of Historic Newton’s ongoing series, “Expanding Our Narratives,” which voices broader perspectives on history.
Location: 
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: 
Suggested donation, $10 per person. Recommended for ages 12 and up.Historic Newton members, free.
Information:
 
617-796-1450

Wednesday, January 16, 10:30 am
STORYTIME - BUILDING
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 “building”. 
Location: 
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: 
Free
Information: 
617-641-9142

Saturday, January 19, 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 preservation.
Location: 
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: 
Free with museum admission
Information: 
617-641-9142

Thursday, January 24, 7:30 pm
HISTORY BOOK CLUB MEETING

The History Book Club of Historic Newton meets to discuss China 1945: Mao’s Revolution and America’s Fateful Choice, by Richard Bernstein. This book focuses on America’s dealings with Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong, and General Marshall’s unsuccessful efforts to avert a civil war in China in the years following World War II. Read the book in advance and join our discussion.
Location: Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free and open to all
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, January 26, 9:30 a.m.
STORYTIME – DIVERSITY

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

Wednesday, January 30, 10:30 a.m.
STORYTIME – DIVERSITY

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

Thursday, January 31, 7:00 pm
NEWTON HISTORY SERIES
KATHARINE LEE BATES: POET OF 'AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL'

Most of us know the song, “America the Beautiful,” but may not know that its author, Katharine Lee Bates, has local ties. How did Bates’ Falmouth childhood, her student days at Newton High School and Wellesley College, as well as her trips to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and up to Pike’s Peak in Colorado inspire her to write the first version of the song? Why did she revise it ten years later into the version that we sing today after her months in Spain and her knowledge of the bloody Philippine-American War? How did it help New England’s Yankee Division soldiers celebrate the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918?  And what was her final vision of her song? Free lecture by Melinda Ponder, author of From Sea to Shining Sea.
Location: Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street
Admission: 
Free
Information: 
617-796-1450

DECEMBER 2018

December 1 -31
HOLIDAY SALE AT OUR MUSEUM SHOPS!

Shop local at the Jackson Homestead and the Durant-Kenrick House all month. Pre-order our new, custom made gift baskets in Holiday and Newton themes. Or give a dual-site gift card to both of our museums! Find hand-woven cards, holiday cards with 3-D glasses, and postcards with vintage images. Stocking stuffers include jam, custom-made candles, books, games, and select Newton memorabilia. Historic Newton members received 20% off all merchandise; everyone receives 10% off.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2:00 pm
SUGAR AND SPICE: GINGERBREAD HISTORY

Chase down the story of the gingerbread man and his ancestors with Historic Newton and the Wellesley Historical Society. In early America, ginger was considered a sign of wealth because it had to be imported. Not until after Christmas became a national holiday in 1870 did gingerbread become associated with American celebrations of Christmas. Learn how recipes have changed over time and end with gingerbread cookies and refreshments.
Location: Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington Street, Wellesley
Admission: Free
Information: 781-235-6690

Saturday, December 15, 9:30 am
STORYTIME – COLONIAL WINTER

How do we make clothes to keep us warm? Join us to explore how people in the past made their own things to wear. We will read The Mitten by Jan Brett, and preschoolers and their caregivers will get the chance to try our drop spindle and create their own cotton ball mittens. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: 
Adults: $15 non-member, $10 Historic Newton members and children ages 10 and over
Information:  
617-641-9142


Sunday, December 16, 4:30 pm
HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT TOUR OF DURANT-KENRICK HOUSE

Built in 1734, the Durant-Kenrick House was the home of families who observed the
winter holidays in different ways. Take a special tour of the house by candlelight led by
Historic Newton staff, enjoy winter caroling, and sip hot cider and cocoa. Kids can create
winter crafts, too. Space is limited. Advance registration is recommended through historicnewton.org.

Location: 
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: 
Adults: $15 non-member, $10 Historic Newton members and children ages 10 and over
Information: 
617-641-9142

NOVEMBER 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 10:00 am
STORYTIME – THANKSGIVING

Come learn about how Native people in Massachusetts grew their food. We will read a tale about the Three Sisters, the story behind growing corn, beans, and squash together. Preschoolers and their caregivers will have the chance to interact with our own three sisters crops and make a corn husk doll. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Sunday, November 25, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
SPECIAL SALE! MUSEUM STORE SUNDAY

Get a head start on your holiday shopping when the museum shops at the Jackson Homestead and the Durant-Kenrick House offer a 25 percent discount on all merchandise! Also meet local artisans and authors. All purchases benefit Historic Newton.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, November 17, 7:30 pm
BOOKER T. JONES IN CONCERT

As the architect of one of the first racially integrated rock bands (Booker T. and the M.G.’s), Booker T. Jones set the cast for modern soul music. He created classic hits like “Green Onions,” and backed artists ranging from Otis Redding to Willie Nelson. Join us for an unforgettable concert featuring the legendary Jones, a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and his band performing “Songs and Stories from the Birth of Soul.”
Location: Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street
Tickets: Purchase tickets for individual seats and sponsorships through www.newtonma.gov/BookerT
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, November 17, 9:30 am
STORYTIME – BUILDING THE HOMESTEAD

Learn about how people once built homes, using the Jackson Homestead as an example. We will read Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty. Preschoolers and their caregivers will have a chance to make their own cardboard construction sets, and experiment building their own structures. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Sunday, November 4, 2:30 pm
THE POWER OF LANGUAGE: OUR EVOLVING NARRATIVES

What’s in a name? Take a closer look at the words used to describe people who have been historically marginalized through race, gender identity, or physical challenges. Our panel of experts introduces you to how language is evolving to reflect changes in our understanding and tolerance of differences. How did negative labels influence people in the past, and how can we create a more inclusive society as we move into the 21st century? This program begins Historic Newton’s ongoing series, “Expanding Our Narratives,” which voices broader perspectives on history.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds
Admission: Suggested donation, $5 per person; free for Historic Newton members
Information: 617-641-9142

OCTOBER 2018

Throughout October
COMBS AND CURLS: HAIRSTYLES AS STATEMENTS

From decorative combs to Afro picks, our exhibit shows examples from Historic Newton’s collection that reflect how people style their hair as a personal and political statement. Enjoy exploring a timeline of trends in whiskers as well as women’s styles from 1840 to 1980 that shows the rise, fall, twisting, flattening – and flubbing of hairstyles.
Location: Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, October 31, 10:00 am
STORYTIME – HALLOWEEN

Come celebrate Halloween with fun-filled activities! We will read The Roll-Away Pumpkin by Junia Wonders, and preschoolers and their caregivers will create their own pumpkin and jack-o-lantern artwork with apple stamps. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Wednesday, October 31, 4:30-6:30 pm
TRICK OR TREAT AT THE JACKSON HOMESTEAD

As you make the rounds with children on Halloween night, please stop by the Jackson Homestead and Museum for treats and free museum admission tickets that may be used throughout the fall. Enjoy trick-or-treating at the historic home that is part of the neighborhood!
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Sunday, October 28, 3:30 pm
HALLOWEEN TOUR OF EAST PARISH BURYING GROUND

Who says cemeteries have to be spooky? Newton’s oldest cemetery, the East Parish Burying Ground, dates back to 1660 and serves as the resting place of Newton’s founding families. Learn about Newton’s history and explore this community resource as an educator from Historic Newton guides you in this special tour of the art of remembrance, and life and death in Newton. Hear the stories of those memorialized and consider the lives and deaths of those whose final resting places are unmarked.
Location: Meet at the corner of Cotton and Centre Streets; park on Cotton Street.
Admission: Donation, $10 per person. Register at newtonma.gov/HNwalks
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, October 20, 9:30 am
STORYTIME – GROWING TREES

Where do trees come from, and how do they grow? We will read Because of an Acorn by Lola and Adam Schaefer, and preschoolers and their caregivers will get the chance to make their own autumn-themed whirligigs. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story.
Location: 
Jackson Homestead and Museum
Admission: 
Free
Information: 
617-796-1450

Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 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

Wednesday, October 3, 10:00 am
STORYTIME - GARDENING AND GARDENERS

Learn about the many plants in Newton, and how the Kenrick family brought new ones to America. We will read The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan, and preschoolers and their caregivers will create their own tissue paper topiary. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story
Location: Durant Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information617-641-9142

SEPTEMBER 2018

Sunday, September 30, noon-4 p.m.
HAYFEST

Drop in for old-fashioned fun at our annual hands-on family festival. Try your hand at 19th century activities, including butter making, cider pressing, and candle dipping. Jump into a burlap sack for a race or play the hoop-tossing game of graces.
Location:
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission:
Free
Information:
 617-796-1450

Thursday, September 27, 7:30 pm
HISTORY BOOK CLUB MEETING

The History Book Club of Historic Newton meets to discuss Grant by Pulitzer Prize winning biographer Ron Chernow. Writing in the New Yorker, Adam Gopnik described Chernow's biography of Civil War general and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant as "a fluent and intelligent narrative".  Read the book in advance and join our discussion, which is open to all.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, September 22, 9:30 am
STORYTIME – WELCOME AUTUMN
Come explore the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds and welcome the fall foliage to Newton! We will read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. Preschoolers and their caregivers have the chance to go outside and create their own nature collages. For a complete schedule of ongoing Storytime events, go to www.newtonma.gov/story.
Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, September 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAY
Enjoy free admission to the Jackson Homestead or the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds today through Smithsonian magazine’s national program. Download the Museum Day ticket at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday for free admission for two people.
Locations: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

AUGUST 2018
Sunday, August 12, 2:00 p.m.
HISTORIC NEWTON WALKS
SPORTS LEGENDS AT NEWTON CEMETERY

Throughout history, Newton’s schools, public playing fields, and parks have spawned quite a few star athletes. Stroll through the Newton Cemetery to see the final resting places and learn more about the lives of tennis great Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, baseball legend Dom DiMaggio, golf course designer Donald Ross, and other sports legends.
Location: Meet in front of the chapel just inside the main gate, 791 Walnut St, Newton Centre; park in the lot to the left of the chapel.
Admission: Donation, $10 per person.Register at newtonma.gov/HNwalks. 
Information: 617-796-1450

 Wednesday, August 8, 10:00 am
STORYTIME – NATURE AND NEWTON

Learn about the many plants in Newton, and how the Kenrick family brought new ones to America. We will read Tree by Britta Teckentrup, and preschoolers and their caregivers will create their own summertime paper trees.
Location: Durant Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 pm
HISTORIC NEWTON WALKS
ANTEBELLUM ARCHITECTURE OF WEST NEWTON HILL

Walk past homes built in the 1850s and learn about their architectural highlights and the people who lived here. The tour also includes the story of the fountain at the corner of Chestnut and Highland Streets installed in memory of Catherine Porter Lambert, and the house she lived in, built in 1854. Information is based on research by the West Newton Hill Preservation Initiative. 
Location: Meet at the corner of Otis and Lenox streets. Park on nearby streets.
Admission: Donation, $10 per person. Register at newtonma.gov/HNwalks. 
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 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

JULY 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2:00 pm
HISTORIC NEWTON WALKS
NEWTON’S EARLIEST SUBDIVISIONS

William Jackson was one of the first to predict how the railroads would shape the future of Newton. Anticipating Newton's growth as a railroad suburb, in 1844 he sold portions of the historic Jackson Homestead farm to create housing for people likely to use the new Boston and Albany railroad line to commute to work. This tour highlights the architectural and social history of the neighborhood around Walnut Park and Waban Park from the mid-19th through early 20th centuries.
Location: Meet at the Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington Street
Admission: Donation, $10 per person. Register at newtonma.gov/HNwalks. 
Information: 617-796-1450

Saturday, July 28, 9:30 am
STORYTIME - SUMMER FUN!

Come explore the Durant-Kenrick House & Grounds, and learn about 18th century games! This week at Storytime at the Museums, we will read Blackout by John Rocco. Preschoolers and their caregivers will have the chance to explore the grounds outside and make their own “blacked out” drawings!
Location: Durant Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Admission: Free
Information: 617-641-9142

Thursday, July 19, 6:30 pm
A LOOK BEHIND NEEDHAM STREET

Did you know there used to be a large fireworks factory on Needham Street? Where you can hear the South Meadow Brook the loudest? Join Lily Canan Reynolds of the Newton Department of Planning and Development for a walk down the Greenway and a look at landmarks from different phases of development on Needham Street. From farms to factories to retail stores and a burial ground, the history of the street reflects years of urban planning, including a recent Vision Plan for the future of the area.
Location: 
Meet at 55 Needham Street (B.GOOD restaurant)
Admission: 
Donation, $10 per person. Register through newtonma.gov/HNwalks
Information: 
617-796-1450

Wednesday, July 11, 10 a.m.
STORYTIME – DRAWING THE HOMESTEAD
Learn about Ellen Jackson’s writings and drawings that help us understand more about the Jackson Homestead and the family living there. We will read Ish by Peter H. Reynolds, and preschoolers and their caregivers will have the chance to make mini sketchbooks to fill with their own art and writings.
Location: 
Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street Admission: Free
Information: 
617-796-1450

Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, June 8, 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

JUNE 2018

Saturday, June 30, 9:30 am
STORYTIME - INDEPENDENCE

Learn about the White House and who helped to build it. We will read Brick by Brick by Charles R. Smith Jr., and preschoolers and their caregivers can make their own paint fireworks to get ready for the 4th of July. LocationDurant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 527 Washington Street AdmissionFree Information617-796-1450

 Sunday, June 24, 2:00 pm
HISTORIC NEWTON WALKS
EAST PARISH BURYING GROUND

Newton’s oldest cemetery, the East Parish Burying Ground, dates back to 1660 and serves as the resting place of Newton’s founding families. Learn about Newton’s history and explore this community resource as an educator from Historic Newton guides you in this special tour held in partnership with Newton Community Education. Get up close to headstones and footstones to see a sequence of styles in gravestone art. Hear stories of those memorialized, and consider the lives of those whose final resting places are unmarked. Fee: $16 per person Registration: Newton Community Education
Information: 
617-559-6999

Wednesday, June 13, 10:00 am
STORYTIME – DRESSING UP AND DOWN

Learn about how clothing was made in the past, and how we can recycle our own clothes to make something new. We will read Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback, and preschoolers and their caregivers will have the chance to design their own clothing.
Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street Admission: Free
Information: 617-796-1450

Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 pm
MAKING HISTORY / MAKING PLACE:
CELEBRATING LOCAL LEARNING & DISCOVERY

Why visit a house museum or a small community-based historical organization? In this program, cultural resource consultant William Hosley explores the vitality of grassroots public history with inspiring case studies from Massachusetts and around the nation. These resources offer inspirational experiences, are extraordinary teaching tools, help protect a community’s special character, and provide an antidote to the homogenization that decimates our sense of place and civic attachment. Learn why they matter now more than ever. Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue Admission: Free Information: 617-796-1450

Sunday, June 10, 2:00 pm
HISTORIC NEWTON WALKS
BLACK NEWTON: WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GIANTS

Join us for a walking tour of West Newton that explores the history of Newton's African-American community, enslaved and free, both before and after the Civil War. Including stops at the Nathaniel Allen House and Myrtle Baptist Church, this hourlong tour traces the development of West Newton as a destination for black families in the late 19th century and, by the 20th century, a flourishing hub of black culture. Location: Meet at the Nathaniel Allen House, 35 Webster Street Admission: Register at newtonma.gov/HNwalks. Donation, $10 per person. Information: 617-796-1450

Tuesday, June 5, 7:00  pm
MASSACHUSETTS LEADERSHIP IN THE WOMAN SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT
Few know Massachusetts was at the center of the nation's revolutionary struggle for woman suffrage. Author Barbara Berenson explains the groundbreaking work of Lucy Stone and other Massachusetts abolitionists, who organized the first National Woman’s Rights Convention in Worcester in 1850. Stone later founded the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association and the Woman’s Journal, which led woman suffrage campaigns across the country. Their work laid the foundation for the next generation of local leaders to push for the Nineteenth Amendment, finally adopted in 1920.
Location: Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street Admission: Free Information: 617-796-1360

Sunday, June 3, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
NONANTUM VILLAGE DAY
Visit the Historic Newton booth at the Nonantum Village Day for a chance to try out historic toys and pick up information about our upcoming events. Location: Coletti-Magni Park, 386-392 Watertown Street, Nonantum Admission: Free

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

Hosted at the Durant Kenrick House & Grounds, preschoolers and their caregivers will learn about native and colonial plants and planting techniques! We will read Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert, and preschoolers and their caregivers can plant their own seeds and take home bean sprouts to grow at home! Admission: Free Information: 617-641-9142

Saturday, June 2, 2:30 pm
“BOSTON ABOLITIONISTS” PERFORMANCE

An ensemble of skilled actors from the Poets' Theatre gives voice to the wide range of anti-slavery attitudes in Massachusetts during the decades leading up to the Civil War. Black and white, female and male, well-known and obscure, these important writers and orators included Lydia Maria Child, David Walker, Maria W. Stewart, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Newton’s own John Kenrick. They transformed fringe ideas – rejected by many in Boston as dangerous and “fanatical” – into a mainstream movement for emancipation. This performance recreates their voices in the home where Kenrick once lived. Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue
Tickets: $20 per person, $15 for Historic Newton members and children ages 10-17. Free for children under 10. Information: 617-796-1450. Watch the video here.

MAY 2018

Thursday, May 24, 7:30 pm
HISTORY BOOK CLUB MEETING

The History Book Club of Historic Newton meets to discuss Scorpions: The Battle and the Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices by Noah Feldman, a group biography of four larger-than-life justices appointed by Franklin Roosevelt: Felix Frankfurter, Robert Jackson, Hugo Black and William O. Douglas. The narrative looks at their interpretations of legal questions as well as their rivalries with each other. Read the book in advance and join our discussion, which is open to all. Location: Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street Admission: Free Information: 617-796-1450

 

 Sunday, May 20, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

2018 NEWTON HOUSE TOUR

Historic Newton’s 36th annual Newton House Tour gives you a rare opportunity to tour carefully selected, remarkable private residences and properties. The tour showcases outstanding historic preservation as well as creative modern interpretation in a broad range of architectural and interior design styles. Lead sponsor, the Village Bank. Part of the Newton Festival of the Arts. Tickets: $35 in advance ($30 for Historic Newton members), $40 on the day of the tour ($35 for members).  Information: 617-796-1450

 

APRIL 2018

 Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 pm
2018 NEWTON PRESERVATION AWARDS

Celebrate the winners of the 2018 Newton Preservation Awards, which recognize outstanding accomplishments and stewardship in local historic preservation. Enjoy appetizers, followed by the awards ceremony.  An exhibit of the winners will be on display at Newton City Hall from April 19 through June 19.Location: War Memorial at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue. Admission: Free.
Information: 617-796-1450.

 

 Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
SUSTAINABILITY + PRESERVATION: ENERGY EFFICIENCY FOR OLD HOUSES

Can you make your home more energy efficient while still respecting its historic character? Yes! Three experts will discuss how to blend comfort, carbon footprint, and preservation. The panel includes Stephanie Horowitz (ZeroEnergy Design), Paul Eldrenkamp (Byggmeister), and Nick Falkoff (Auburndale Builders). Admission: Suggested donation, $5 per person. Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds Information: 617-796-1450

 



Wednesday, April 25, 10:00 am

STORYTIME – SPRING IN NEWTON

Welcome the warmer weather at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds as we read A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry. Preschoolers and their caregivers can explore the beautiful outdoor space around the house and make their own springtime paper bag trees. Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue Admission: Free Information: 617-796-1450

   

Sunday, April 29, 12:30 pm –3:30 pm

BURYING GROUNDS CLEAN UP

Join a NewtonServes team of volunteers to clean up one of Newton’s three historic burying grounds. Help is needed raking leaves, removing fallen limbs, and tidying the grounds at the East Parish Burying Ground, West Parish Burying Ground, and South Burying Ground. A crew also cleans the grounds at the Jackson Homestead. Registration: Sign up through NewtonSERVES. Information: 617-796-1540


Wednesday, April 25, 10:00 am

STORYTIME – SPRING IN NEWTON

Welcome the warmer weather at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds as we read A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry. Preschoolers and their caregivers can explore the beautiful outdoor space around the house and make their own springtime paper bag trees. Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue Admission: Free Information: 617-796-1450

   

Sunday, April 29, 12:30 pm –3:30 pm

BURYING GROUNDS CLEAN UP

Join a NewtonServes team of volunteers to clean up one of Newton’s three historic burying grounds. Help is needed raking leaves, removing fallen limbs, and tidying the grounds at the East Parish Burying Ground, West Parish Burying Ground, and South Burying Ground. A crew also cleans the grounds at the Jackson Homestead. Registration: Sign up through NewtonSERVES. Information: 617-796-1540


Wednesday, April 25, 10:00 am

STORYTIME – SPRING IN NEWTON

Welcome the warmer weather at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds as we read A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry. Preschoolers and their caregivers can explore the beautiful outdoor space around the house and make their own springtime paper bag trees. Location: Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue Admission: Free Information: 617-796-1450

   

Sunday, April 29, 12:30 pm –3:30 pm

BURYING GROUNDS CLEAN UP

Join a NewtonServes team of volunteers to clean up one of Newton’s three historic burying grounds. Help is needed raking leaves, removing fallen limbs, and tidying the grounds at the East Parish Burying Ground, West Parish Burying Ground, and South Burying Ground. A crew also cleans the grounds at the Jackson Homestead. Registration: Sign up through NewtonSERVES. Information: 617-796-1540


Sunday, June 3, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

NONANTUM VILLAGE DAY
Visit the Historic Newton booth at the Nonantum Village Day for a chance to try out historic toys and pick up information about our upcoming events.
Location: Coletti-Magni Park, 386-392 Watertown Street, Nonantum
Admission: Free

Tuesday, June 5, 7:00  pm
MASSACHUSETTS LEADERSHIP IN THE WOMAN SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT

Few know Massachusetts was at the center of the nation's revolutionary struggle for woman suffrage. Author Barbara Berenson explains the groundbreaking work of Lucy Stone and other Massachusetts abolitionists, who organized the first National Woman’s Rights Convention in Worcester in 1850. Stone later founded the Boston-based American Woman Suffrage Association and the Woman’s Journal, which led woman suffrage campaigns across the country. Their work laid the foundation for the next generation of local leaders to push for the Nineteenth Amendment, finally adopted in 1920.
Location: Newton Free Library, 333 Homer Street Admission: Free Information: 617-796-1360