Museum Shops

Browse Our History-Themed Selection

Find select Newton memorabilia including tea towels printed with maps of Newton villages, books by local authors, and postcards with vintage images from our archives at the museum shops at the Jackson Homestead and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. Each purchase supports the mission and programs of Historic Newton.  

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Merchandise from our Museum Shops is now online! Begin shopping below.



  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



  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. 

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.




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. 


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.


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. 



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 designed by H.H.Richardson. The book gives a history of the neighborhood's development, its architecture, and its social clubs.


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.


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”.




  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.

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.


  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 Lake - the small, blue-collar enclave of Nonantum. 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.”

H.H. Richardson: Three Architectural Tours
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.