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Sharing Holiday Warmth

November 28, 2016 

Inspired by the "Santa Claus Agency" that residents of the Jackson Homestead ran to help Newton residents in the 19th century, Historic Newton is collecting clothing and food donations during the holiday season.

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Historic Newton Receives Grant for Burying Ground Restoration

November 19, 2015 
Mayor Setti Warren announced that Newton’s efforts to restore and preserve its historic East Parish Burying Ground have advanced with the award of a $50,000 matching grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission. The grant will be used to match $653,679 in City of Newton CPA funds to restore and preserve tombs and grave markers in the city’s oldest burying ground.
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7th Annual Homestead Hayfest

September 15, 2015 
The Homestead Hayfest will be held on Sunday, October 5 from noon-4:00 PM, rain or shine. The Jackson Homestead is located at 527 Washington Street in Newton, MA and parking is available on Jackson Road. Visit www.historicnewton.org or call 617.796.1450 for more information. Admission to the museum is free during the event.
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Corporate Membership Spotlight: Unlocking the Past at EverPresent

May 1, 2015 
Like many businesses, the origins of EverPresent are personal: in 2009 a 91-year-old World War II veteran living in Florida had a collection of 10,000 unsorted photographs. The pictures dated from the 1920s, when the veteran was a baby boy, to all the decades beyond. A visual link to the past, the photos were moldering in the bottom of his closet unseen, unappreciated, and with no plan to preserve and share them. Their loss or destruction would have been devastating for the entire family. At this point, the veteran's grandson, EverPresent co-founder Eric Niloff, stepped in to help.
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Open House for Educators

September 12, 2014 
Join Historic Newton's education staff for an open house for educators on Thursday, October 2, at the Jackson Homestead and Museum and at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds.
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2014 Historic Newton Walks

May 5, 2014 
HISTORIC NEWTON WALKS – SUMMER 2014
For more information, visit www.historicnewton.org or call 617.796.1450.
All walks are free and are only cancelled in case of severe weather.
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Look What's Blooming in the Yard at the Jackson Homestead

March 31, 2014 

Sculpture Exhibition, Newton MA Energy Necklace at Jackson Homestead, Newton, April 3-July 18, 2014
And companion Poetry Walk, June 1

Sculpture curated by Susan Israel -- Artists: Gail Jerauld Bos Mary Dewart Linda Hoffman Susan Israel Milan Klic Peter Kronberg Peter Lipsitt John Powell Margot Stage Gabrielle White Jeanne Williamson

Poetry curated by Susan Edwards Richmond -- Poets: Zachary Bos Polly Brown Cheryl Perrault Linda Fialkoff Lynn Horsky Neil Horsky Terry House Lila Linda Terry Joanne Reynolds Susan Edwards Richmond bg Thurston

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Created Equal: The Civil Rights Movement Then and Now

March 7, 2014 
This spring, we will offer an exciting series of programs built around two of the provided films. These powerful documentaries, The Loving Story and Freedom Riders, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all in the United States. The series will be comprised of 6 programs in March and April: 2 film screenings, 2 lectures, and 2 panel discussions. Each of these programs will address aspects of the Civil Rights Movement – locally and nationally – to celebrate the importance of its legacy 50 years on, and to create dialogue about where we find ourselves today in relation to the same issues.
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NEW! Hands-on Garden Workshop Series

February 10, 2014 

This March while we wait for the ground to thaw, come get hands-on experience and add to your plant skills. The workshops cost $25 per adult ($20 students, seniors, members), which covers museum admission and materials. Pre-paid registration is required. Call 617-641-9142 to register. All workshops will be held at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, 286 Waverley Avenue.

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Historic Newton Completes Durant-Kenrick Restoration Project

January 29, 2014 
The Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, a beautifully restored and preserved 1734 house and newly constructed educational center, celebrated its grand opening today in a ceremony that marked the completion of an eight-year, $4.9 million project carried out by volunteers and staff of Historic Newton.
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Newton Salutes! Newton's Civil War Soldiers and Citizens

August 7, 2013 

Our city’s citizens participated in the war effort in many ways—from fighting on the battlefields to sewing undergarments at home. See their faces and learn their stories in this salute to Newton’s brave citizens from an earlier era. On view through October 1, 2013.

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RESCHEDULED: Crystal Lake Walking Tour

July 11, 2013 
Due to unforseen circumstances, the Crystal Lake walking tour scheduled for Sunday, July 14th will not be able to be held as planned. It will be rescheduled for later in the summer, and the new date will be posted as soon as it is known. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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Jackson Homestead closed due to storm

February 7, 2013 
The Jackson Homestead will be closed on Friday February 8 and Saturday February 9 due to the expected blizzard. Please call 617 796 1450 after 11:30am on Sunday February 10 to make sure we're open for Ask the Archivist.
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Antique wallpaper being hung at Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

January 30, 2013 

Many of the papers are new reproductions such as the one pictured here from Waterhouse Wallhangings. Waterhouse says, “Originally printed by woodblock on rectangular and joined sheets of paper, this flowing Arabesque pattern is accredited to Jean Pillement, circa 1760.” This paper will surround the historic furniture vignette in our 1700’s parlor. The furniture set includes a beautiful mahogany tall-case clock made by Benjamin Willard in Lexington around 1769.

For our 1930’s Parlor we have found nearly antique wallpaper circa 1920 from Hannah’s Treasures. In this room will be a very special pair of chairs from Mr. Arthur Dewing’s grandparents. The chairs were a gift to his grandparents at their marriage in 1841 from the father of the bride.

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Evidence of Historic Fire at Durant Kenrick House and Grounds

January 9, 2013 

As the carpenters are finishing up the interior of the Durant-Kenrick house, we recently went around to survey and photograph some of the framing details before they got covered up with the final layers of plaster, wood and paint. We discovered an interesting bit of the history of the house- evidence of a small chimney fire! Charred beams were exposed when the plaster and lathe were removed for the running of electrical wires. Sometime in the past the family must have had a bit of a fright when the flames appeared, but the fire must have been contained pretty quickly as the charring does not extend more than a few feet along the beam.

This is along the edge where the ceiling meets the wall above the fireplace in what will be called the “Kenrick Parlor.” When this room is finished it will have an engaging exhibit about the Kenrick nursery and 19th century Horticulture, and gorgeous Neo-classical furniture from the Dewing Collection.

Note the marks of the hewing axe in the lower right corner of the picture. This beam of wood was shaped by hand when the house was first built.

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A City of Villages

January 8, 2013 
This year’s Newton History Series – an annual collaboration between Historic Newton and the Newton Free Library – will delve into the histories of Newton’s villages. Newton is unique among New England cities because it does not have one city center, but rather is divided into 13 villages, each with its own post office and distinct personality. Though any Newton resident can easily tell you which village they live in, there are no official lines that separate them. In an effort to learn more about how each of these villages came to be the distinct areas they are today, we are offering this series looking at the history of Newton’s villages and how they come together to make up our city.
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Painting of Durant-Kenrick House

September 21, 2012 
(Newton, MA September 21, 2012) Historic Newton's work to transform the historic 1734 Durant- Kenrick House and Grounds on Waverly Avenue to an education center is going green, in a most visible way, starting next week as crews begin painting the house the historic color “verdigris”—a bright green.
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Only a Few Weeks Left to Experience the Romance of Norumbega Park - Exhibit Closing at the end of August!

August 1, 2012 
One of our most popular exhibits ever, Norumbega: Romance and Recreation by the River, will be closing at the end of the month to make way for a new exhibit about Annie Cobb, arguably the first woman architect in America, and a resident and designer in Newton Highlands in the 1870's. Come visit the Norumbega exhibition one more time and add your memories to the book, before it closes on August 29th.
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2012 Historic Newton Walks

July 3, 2012 
Join us for some of our walks this summer to learn fascinating facts and get some excercise at the same time. Learn about what Newton Corner looked like before the Turnpike Extension came through, discover the life lived by the "social set" at the Shaw estate before it became Mt. Ida College, or uncover the Abolitionist colony that lived on West Newton Hill in the mid-1800s. Click "More" for a full schedule.
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Historic Newton Board Elects Carl M. Cohen President

June 18, 2012 
Historic Newton has elected Carl M. Cohen of Newton as its new President of the Board. Carl succeeds Anne Larner and brings his business acumen, academic experience, and extensive knowledge of Historic Newton and the city of Newton to this position.
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