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Public Programs

Spring Family Festival

Little girl eat an apple and playing nine pins.Newton Festival of the Arts, May 2015Saturday, May 2, 2015
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free Admission

Welcome spring with hands-on family fun at our annual spring celebration. Enjoy crafts, fruit tasting, and games on the grounds of the Durant-Kenrick House. Spend time relaxing outdoors with family, friends, and neighbors. Take a look inside the museum and learn about the three families that lived in the house over 300 years while playing games and exploring Newton's past.

This year's Spring Family Festival is part of the Newton Festival of the Arts.

Annual House Tour

Entry hall in a Victorian house.Newton Festival of the Arts, May 2015.Sunday, May 17, 2015
12 to 5 p.m.
Tickets $25-$40

Historic Newton’s Annual House Tour is one of the city’s most anticipated annual events. The tour features a select group of remarkable Newton homes and non-commercial properties that showcase excellence in historical preservation, restoration, and creative modern interpretation, and adaptation in a broad spectrum of architecture and interior design styles. The House Tour also generates financial support for Historic Newton. Click here for more information about this year's House Tour.

This year's House Tour is part of the Newton Festival of the Arts.


Hayfest! Be there or be squareHayfest is a family-friendly outdoor festival held each fall in celebration of the Jackson Homestead. You can travel back in time to the nineteenth century: learn to weave wool into cloth, make your own butter, press your own cider, dip candles, and more! Learn through hands-on activities how Newton families lived in the 1800s. This is an event which is fun for the whole family. (Left, preparing to use natural sources to dye cloth, at Hayfest.)

Newton Preservation Awards

Queen Anne Victorian house before preservation renovations began.Queen Anne Victorian house in the process of being renovated.Queen Anne Victorian house after all renovations were completed.

Congratulations to the 2014 Newton Preservation Award Winners!

Historic Newton and the Newton Historical Commission presented the Newton Preservation Awards at a ceremony at Boston College on Wednesday, November 12. This year's winners were:

Plant A Smile 4-H Club for Excellence in Education for developing a smartphone tour of Civil War soldiers' graves at the Newton Cemetery. Club members Katharine Axon, Rachel Bindman, Jennifer Buras, Catarina Hamel-Sellman, Sophia Jauniskis, Annika Morris-Kelly, Elena Morris-Kelly, Daisy Proskauer, and mentors Michael and Mary Ann Buras received the award.

Lasell Colllege, Plant Operations for sustainability and preservation of the Caroline Carpenter House

Caleb Cutler and Carolina Verdaguer for preservation of 184 Spiers Road

Chad and Kathryn Maguire for preservation of and reuse at 89 Grove Street

Stefco Builders for preservation and a sensitive addition to 233 Highland Avenue

Oteri Construction for preservation of 160 Walnut Street

Judy and Jack Neville for restoration of 68 High Street

Keith and Jennifer Palumbo with Meyer and Meyer Architecture and Interiors for a sensitive addition to 65 Lenox Street

Slocum Hall Design Group for a sensitive addition to 133 Forest Avenue

Margaret McLoughlin and James Mahoney with Peter Hajjar for preservation and sensitive remodeling of 29 Woodside Road

Duscha Scott Weisskopf received the Thelma Fleishman Personal Achievement Award for decades-long service to protecting the historic treasures of Newton

The Newton Preservation Awards, a collaboration between Historic Newton and the Newton Historical Commission, recognize projects that feature the preservation of Newton's historic buildings and landscape, promote awareness of the city's historic fabric, and celebrate the people who dedicate themselves to the practice of historic preservation in the city of Newton. 

Please contact Hannah Weisman at or 617-796-1463 with questions or concerns.

We thank our Preservation Awards sponsors for their generosity and support of historic preservation in our community:

Principal Sponsor
The Village Bank.

Supporting Sponsors 
Lucy Caldwell-Stair     LDa Architecture & Interiors.
Phil Mastroianni, Corp. Su Casa Designs.

 Contributing Sponsors 
 Bartlett Tree Experts.     Building Conservation Associates  Donald Lang, AIA; DLA Architecture.
Hammond Residential: Matt Montgomery and Lauren Carroll. Historic Homes (Representing fine estate properties) and The Chamberlain Drucker Team.

New View

Whole Foods Market.

Friends of Preservation 
Benchmark Senior Living      Cabot's Ice Cream Deluxe Station Diner
Elements Massage Encore Properties Evans Park
Marion and Larry Green Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors   Liz Caan Interiors
Payne Bouchier Fine Builders   Pioneer Builders  Sage Builders
Strongheart Construction Barbara & Don Tellalian