Museum Shops

Welcome to the Online Shop!

While the Jackson Homestead and the Durant Kenrick House each have shops with select Newton memorabilia that are open during museum hours, our new online shop is always open!

Watch this space all day on November 29th in order to enjoy the unique Museum Store Sunday events planned for the entire family! Take advantage of special discounts and support Historic Newton this holiday season. 


 Books, Gifts, Maps ~ more always coming!

The shop features books for children and adults on a range of topics, including the Underground Railroad, history and books by contemporary authors from Newton.

Also...

  • Custom cards created with images reproduced from Historic Newton's collection.  
  • Historic maps of Newton 
  • Tea towels with reproductions of maps
  • For reprints of historic photos of Newton visit our on-line gallery.
  • To order an historic map of Newton visit our map page.
  • Products will be shipped in eco-friendly packaging.

We are most grateful for your support.

Historic Newton members receive 20% off all merchandise. Become a member. 

   BOOKS AND DVDs   

 CHILDREN'S BOOKS (UNDERGROUND RAILROAD) 

  Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad  (paperback, middle-grade)
By Ann Petry (Revised edition, 2018)

Born a slave, Harriet Tubman dreamed of being free, and she was willing to risk everything. Harriet saw her own liberty was not enough, that she must also help others. An award-winning ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Outstanding Book.

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  Henry's Freedom Box (hardcover, children)
By Ellen Levine (2007)
A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and illustrator Kadir Nelson, a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist. 
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Brick by Brick (paperback, children age 4 and up)
By Charles R Smith Jr. , illustrated by Floyd Cooper (2013) 
The home of the United States president was built by many hands, including those of enslaved people, who undertook this amazing achievement long before there were machines to do those same jobs.This powerful story together with Floyd Cooper's stunning illustrations bring to life those who created this iconic emblem of America.

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 HISTORY 

Images of America - Newton (paperback)

By Thelma Fleishman for the Newton Historical Society; Arcadia Publishing (1999)

Incorporated in 1688, Newton has a history as fascinating as it is long. How did this small community of scattered farm houses develop into the “Garden City” with some of the finest examples of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century domestic architecture in America? More than 200 photographs compiled from The Jackson Homestead, one of Newton’s two history museums, tell the city’s unique story. 

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Newton's Older Houses, Newton Centre, Newton Highlands, Oak Hill, Chestnut Hill  (paperback)

Publication 14. Newton Historical Society at the Jackson Homestead. Architectural Survey by Barbara Thibault and History by Thelma Fleishman. A look at some of the buildings shown on the 1855 map from these 5 villages that still remained in 1983. Information about why this part of Newton, particularly to the south, developed more slowly and remains less densely populated than the rest of the city.

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Newton's Older Houses, Newtonville (paperback)
PRE-1855 NEWTON HOUSES REMAINING IN 1980 Newtonville. 

Publication 13 under the auspices of the Historical Committee of the “Friends of the Jackson Homestead”, (1980). A history of the development of Newtonville, an area well-endowed with woods and areas rich in peat, and many natural water resources for crops and cattle. Also a survey of the homes that residents built before 1855 and information about the families who lived in them. 

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Historic Auburndale (paperback)
Published by the Auburndale Community Association (ACA). Edited by Bill Saunders. Second, revised edition, October 1996 (first edition, 1992) with several new photographs.
Two elements elevated Auburndale above other east coast suburbs: an unparalleled recreational area along the Charles River and a central railroad station which was designed by master architect H.H. Richardson. The book gives a history of the neighborhood's development, its architecture, and its social clubs.

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The Charles, A River Transformed (paperback)
by William P. Marchione Ph.D.
Arcadia Publishing (Reissue edition June 1, 1998)
From the Colonial era through the industrial age and into modern times, the Charles River has been a prominent feature of the New England landscape and has undergone a series of dramatic changes. Find out how the 1970s landmark Clean Water Act helped to transform this much-used waterway.

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Return to Norumbega DVD
Based on the work of Norumbega historian Bob Pollock, the documentary offers a complete history of the famous amusement park. During its heyday, Norumbega Park was one of New England's prime recreational sites and home also to the Totem Pole Ballroom, known as "America's Most Beautiful Ballroom”.

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 LOCAL AUTHORS 

 

A People’s History of the United States (paperback)

by Howard Zinn (1980; introduction 2015 by Anthony Arnove)

Once a banned book, this look at American history by Zinn, a longtime Newton resident, is now a classic. Read how his “work literally changed the conscience of a generation.” Noam Chomsky.

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 NEW book!

A Story About Sprout (paperback, children age 3-7)

by Helen M. Waters (2019) 

A Story About Sprout introduces a special individual named Sprout. It tells of his quest to discover what kind of creature he is. What will he find out?  A heart-warming story with charming and memorable characters!. This book is illustrated throughout in colored pencil, done by the author herself.

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  The Adams Street Shul (paperback)
By Beryl Gilfix (2017)
This book explores and celebrates the origins of Newton, Massachusetts' oldest synagogue and the culture and the families who built new lives and a vibrant, still flourishing Jewish congregation. The author is a granddaughter of the founder of the synagogue and a lifelong resident of Newton.
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E is for Election Day, (hardcover, age 6 -12)
By Gloria Gavris (2015)

This book is a fun A-Z tour of the American electoral process. The Newton-based author hopes to engage the next generation of voters with a love and excitement for election season, one book and one child at a time.

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Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back (hardcover)
By Marianne Leone (2017)

A record of growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, with the wrong family, in the wrong religion in the small, blue-collar enclave of Nonantum, locally referred to as the Lake! Although Leone’s girlhood is flooded with shame, it’s equally packed with adventure, love, great cooking, and, above all, humor as she grows up to become an actress with a role on “The Sopranos.”
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H.H. Richardson: Three Architectural Tours (paperback)
By Ken Bresler (2018)

This book contains three tours featuring the work of H.H. Richardson, an American master architect. The first is of four buildings in the Copley Square area in Boston. The second tour is of five buildings in the Harvard Square area in Cambridge. The third is a rolling tour, on a train, largely of buildings that no longer stand. Richardson designed four stations on what is now the Green Line of the MBTA in Newton. These four structures in Newton are the only buildings that remain of 13 that Richardson designed. 

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Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement (paperback)

 By Barbara Berenson (2019)

 "In her accessible history, Berenson focuses her spotlight on Bay State women who catalyzed the effort to gain women's right to vote on a local and national level.... The book makes a case for determination, perseverance, and patience to bring about necessary change." Boston Globe

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Redemption (paperback)

 By Joseph Rosenbloom (2018)

 An “immersive, humanizing, and demystifying” (Charles Blow, New York Times) look at the final hours of Dr. King’s life as he seeks to revive the non-violent civil rights movement and push to end poverty in America.

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Boston's Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society (paperback)

By Lorenz J. Finison (2014)

 From 1877 to 1896, the popularity of bicycles increased exponentially, and Boston was in on it from the start. The sport was becoming a craze. The Boston Bicycle Club was the first in the nation. The city's cyclists formed a new national organization, the League of American Wheelmen. Women members were the largest percent in the 1890's in Massachusetts.

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   CARDS and PRINTS   


The Great Curve painting, premium Card PACK

Enjoy a Notecard, 4 Postcards and a Magnet

of the rare 19th century landscape painting, “View of The Great Curve Near Newton Lower Falls on the Boston & Worcester Railroad." The 1852 painting by Samuel Adams Hudson is part of Historic Newton's permanent collection.

 

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Ellen Jackson Wildflower Note Cards, pack of 8

8 cards/8 envelopes. 8 Designs/blank inside.

Red Sprays, Violets, Small White Flower,

Jack in the Pulpit, Orange Tiger Lily, Yellow Flower,

Red Wild Lily, Yellow Pansy.

An abolitionist, Ellen Jackson (1825-1902) lived her entire life at the Jackson Homestead. She was also a gifted artist. The watercolors on these cards are from Ellen’s original paintings.

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Durant-Kenrick Note Cards, pack of 5

5 square cards/5 envelopes. 5 Designs/blank inside. Limited, custom production.

The Durant-Kenrick House, built in 1734 as a Georgian farmhouse, is now one of Newton’s two history museums. These stylized cards show the house and grounds in a variety of five eye-catching views.

 

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Jackson Homestead, Postcard

Built in 1809, the Jackson Homestead was a way station on the Underground Railroad before it became Newton’s history museum. It now displays exhibits about the history of Newton and the Underground Railroad.

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Hair Postcards, pack of 7 postcards

Seven designs from the "HAIRdentity" Exhibition at the Jackson Homestead, with images from the Historic Newton Collection: Ayer’s Hair Vigor, Mermaids, Swans, Hair Heart, Latest Styles of Hair Cutting, Male Portraits and Long Hair. (Seven postcards for the price of six!)

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GIFTS

View of the Great Curve, Near Newton Lower Falls (unframed print)

By artist, Samuel Adams Hudson (1813-1877)

This print features a rare 19th century landscape painting from 1852, a pastoral view from Newton Lower Falls on the Boston & Worcester Railroad, looking north across what is now the Leo J. Martin golf course towards the Charles River and the train tracks. Its themes are of great significance to Newton and its development - the Charles River, the railroad, and farmsteads with orchards and pastures. The painting's recent acquisition to Historic Newton's permanent collection was made possible by 37 donors.

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Tea Towels, handmade

Newton-based textile artist Emily Williams creates customized tea towels for Historic Newton, the ultimate functional kitchen item! Each towel contains a reproduction of a Newton map, which tells a story worthy of sharing. Towels make a great gift for family reunions, realtor closings, hostesses and weddings.

- Highly absorbent 50% cotton / 50% linen blend fabric

- Softer with each machine wash

- Packaged in a cello bag with care instructions

- 17’ x 26”

 

Tea Towel, 1700 Newton Map, handmade This tea towel features an unique, hand drawn map of the Plan of Newton in 1700.

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Tea Towel, 1874 Newton Centre Map, handmade Follow the aqueduct to Crystal Lake on this custom tea towel! Each village has a treasure.

 

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Tea Towel, 1874 Newton Highland Map, handmade Do you live by the lake or frequent Boylston Street? This tea towel with the 1874 Newton Highland map is the one for you!

 

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Tea Towel, 1874 Newton Corner/Ward 1 Map, handmade Ward 1 on the 1874 Map includes both the Jackson Homestead and the Durant Kenrick House. The map containing both museum locations could be the unofficial tea-towel for Historic Newton.

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Tea Towel, 1874 Newton Upper Falls Map, handmade Naturally framed by the Charles River and the NY and New England Railroad, the tea towel with the 1874 Map of Upper Falls reveals how the area will develop.

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 1848 Newton Map (print) Surveyed by EF Woodward and WF Ward, November. 1831; Revised and Corrected by James B. Blake April, 1848. Early layouts for West Newton emerge on this map. By 1848, the Aqueduct, Boston and Worcester Railroad and the Worcester Turnpike cut three strong throughways across Newton. Map measurement: 24 “ x 18”.

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 1897 Newton Centre Bird's Eye View Map (print) This hand drawn bird’s eye view of Newton Centre in 1897 gives a vintage view dotted with landmarks we recognize today, stretching from Crystal Lake along Beacon Street out into the hills. Map measurement: 28” x 21”.

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