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SEPTEMBER

September 6 -  17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Free tours of the 1677 Whipple House and authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House. North Shore jeweler and spinner Leslie Wind will demonstrate on the Whipple House lawn.  Tours of the 1800 Heard House are $7 for non-members, free for members.

September 11 - Art Walk, 4:30-7:30pm:  The Ipswich Museum and two galleries located in Ipswich on 1A just south of Choate Bridge have decided to simultaneously open their doors for a Free Art Walk. On Thursday Sept 11 from 4:30-7:30, The Ipswich Museum, The Ipswich Visitor Center at the Hall-Haskell House, and Suzanne Crocker’s Contemporary Art Gallery will welcome the public to come see a wide range of art. There will be three separate shows happening. The galleries on South Main Street (aka 1A), and the artists associated with them, are excited to create more awareness for what is becoming best known as SoCho, the arts  district in Ipswich.

September 15 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm: Did people really think tomatoes were poisonous?  Were hatmakers really mad?  Come learn which historical myths are true and which are false as Museum Weekend Manager Bob Purzycki presents "Debunking Colonial Myths."  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

September 17  - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Kristen Weiss, Site Manager at Cogswell's Grant, will present "Four Centuries of Coastal Farming at Cogswell's Grant."  Talk will cover the history of the Cogswell’s Grant and the various families who have farmed there since 1636, who were also prominent Ipswich families (as Essex was part of Ipswich until 1819).  She will also talk about farming techniques from Colonial times to today on the salt marsh. Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

September 19-21 Trails & Sails: Mark your calendars to join us to once again celebrate our region’s distinctive history, breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems!.

September 21 - Arthur Wesley Dow of Ipswich, 3-4:30pm: This is a special tour for Trails and Sails.  Experience the Arthur Wesley Dow Gallery in the Ipswich Museum's Heard House, including major paintings, wood block prints, and photographs. Following the gallery exhibit, take the Dow Walking Tour to visit landmarks and views significant to Dow's life in Ipswich. Tours of the Whipple House and Heard House featuring special exhibitions will also be open and available for a fee.

September 26-28 Trails & SailsMark your calendars to join us to once again celebrate our region’s distinctive history, breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems!

OCTOBER

October 1 - Kids' Lantern Making Workshop, 3:30-5pm: Celebrate the upcoming Ipswich Art Show and Ipswich Illuminated event by making and decorating a special lantern!  $5/members and $6/non-members.  

October 4 - 17th Century Saturdays, 11am-3pm:  Free tours of the 1677 Whipple House and authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House. Tours of the 1800 Heard House are $7 for non-members, free for members.

October 5 - Photography Workshop, 1-3pm:  Join photographer Dorothy Monnelly as she offers a tour of her summer exhibit, Special Places, Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, Photographer and an instructional workshop for adults.  More details TBA.

October 6 - Brown Bag Lunch, noon: Former director of Ipswich River Watershed Association and Museum docent Kerry Mackin will talk about the changing landscape in Ipswich over the last few centuries in the context of William Cronon’s seminal book “Changes in the Land.”  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.  

October 15 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30pm: Salem State professor of history Dane Morrison presents a lecture based on his upcoming book, "True Yankees: Americans, the South Seas, and the Discovery of National Identity, 1784-1844."  Research traces early American voyages to the East Indies and exploring how representations of that experience in the public sphere contributed to the construction of an American national identity.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members. 

October 24 - Kids’ Halloween Party, 3:30-5 pm:  Haunted house, scary stories, scarecrow building, crafts, snacks, costume parade.  $5/per child.  


Past Events

AUGUST

August 2 - 17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Free tours of the 1677 Whipple House and authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House. Spinner, Leslie Wind will demonstrate on Whipple House lawn.  Tours of the 1800 Heard House are $7 for non-members, free for members.

August 4 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm: Ipswich High School Assistant Principal and former archaeologist Jeff Carovillano will talk about one of his past archaeological excavations.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

August 6  - Boatbuilding Workshop, 3-5 pm:  Boat builder Ralph Johnson will demonstrate how boats were and are continued to be constructed. Ages 6-12 Pre-registration recommended – Due to supplies and materials, the cost of this workshop is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Open to children ages 6-12. Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, please call the office at 978-356-2811.

August 13 - Art in August Workshop, 3-5 pm:  This workshop complements our summer exhibit, Special Places, Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, Photographer.  All ages – families welcome!  Materials fee: members $3; non-members $5.  Pre-registration recommended – please call 978-356-2811. 

August 20 - Wednesday Evening Lecture -  7:30pm- Gallery Lecture by artist Dorothy Monnelly and Dow Curator, Stephanie Gaskins on the summer exhibit, Special Places: Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, Photographer.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

JULY

July 4th - The museum is closed for tours in observance of the 4th of July!  

July 5 - 17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Free tours of the 1677 Whipple House and authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House. Spinner, Leslie Wind will demonstrate on Whipple House lawn.  Tours of the 1800 Heard House are $7 for non-members, free for members.

July 7 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm: Ipswich native and author David Kent will speak about his recently published book on Nikola Tesla (entering a second printing in July 2014).  The book takes us through Tesla’s life, his experiments and contributions to science, and brings us into his complex mind.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

July 11- Summer Exhibit Opening, 6pm-8pm: Special Places: Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, Photographer.

July 26-27 - Olde Ipswich Days:  Library book sale on Museum lawn. 

JUNE

June 2 - Brown Bag lunch, 12pm:  Former director of Ipswich River Watershed Association and Museum docent Kerry Mackin will talk about the Ipswich River – its historical uses and its current condition.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

June 7 - 17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Free tours of the 1677 Whipple House and authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House on this first 17th Century Saturday of the season!  Tours of the 1800 Heard House are $7 for non-members, free for members.

June 14 - Old Rose Sale, 8:30am-11:30amThe Old Rose Gardens at the Whipple House contain pre-1864 rose varieties, many originally from Ipswich residents' gardens. Sale will take place at Whipple House lawn, by the Knight House. $25 per plant.

Wednesday Evening Lecture postponed until August 20th
 

MAY

May 3 – Garden Clean-Up Day, 9am-12:30pm:  Bring rakes, pruning shears, clippers and pick-up trucks. Refreshments will be provided.  Meet at the Whipple House.

May 5 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm:  Museum volunteer Phil Grenier will present “Our 17th Century Houses.” Phil will talk about the 1677 Whipple House and the reproduction 1657 Knight House from his firsthand perspective as a volunteer/museum teacher and from research he has done on building techniques of the period.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

May 6 - Tour Guide Training, 5:30-7 pm:  Review of procedures for new and returning tour guides - meet in the Appleton Room.

May 8 - Special Evening Lecture, 7pm:  The Museum and Philio Cushing invite you to a special evening and lecture with Kevin O’Connor, host of “This Old House."  Reception to follow the lecture.  $75 per person.  Please RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited.  Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

May 14 - Tour Guide Training, 5:30-7 pm:  Heard House with Elaine Lucas - meet in the Appleton Room.

May 17 - Tour Guide Training, 10-11:30 am:  Whipple House and Garden with Judy Hallberg – meet at the Whipple House.

May 20 - Tour Guide Training, 5:30-7pm:  Gift Shop Training with Judy Hallberg – meet in the Appleton Room

May 21 - Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Ipswich resident Jake Burridge presents “Pavilion Beach – Historically and Socially.” Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

May 24 - Opening Day of seasonal guided tours, 10 am to 4 pm:  The Museum will be open for tours from May 24 to October 12. Tours last approximately one hour total. Learn more, take a tour – and bring your friends!

APRIL

April 6 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm:  Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  First Sunday of month free to Ipswich residents.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

April 7 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm:  Martha Mauser leads discussion on “Ipswich Reads One Book”, co-sponsored by the Ipswich Public Library.  The 2014 book is Alfred Lansing's "Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage." Free to all!

April 9 - "Sail Away" gala, 6pm:  An evening of fun, food, and auctions at the Hellenic Center (117 Country Road, Ipswich).  Bid on sports tickets, golf packages, art, vacation getaways, fine wines, a South African safari, and more.  $50 per person, includes a buffet and appetizers catered by Vinwood Caterers and two beverage tickets.  All proceeds benefit the Ipswich Museum's restoration projects.  Reservations required by April 1 (deadline extended from March 20).  Call the Museum at 978-356-2811 or email office@ipswichmuseum.org to reserve tickets.

April 13 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

April 16 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Mat Perry, Co-Founder of Turkey Shore Distilleries, takes a fresh new look at the importance of the original American spirit in “Rum, Revolution and Revival.”  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

April 20:  Easter - no Special Sunday exhibit hours.

April 21:  Museum office closed for Patriot's Day/Easter Monday/Marathon Monday.  Regular hours resume April 22.

April 22 - Special April vacation exhibit hours, 10am-12pm:  Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing. Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

April 24 - Special April vacation exhibit hours, 10am-12pm:  Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing. Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

April 27 - (final) Special Sundays, 2-4 pm:  Special this week - local storyteller Sharon Grimes returns for more family fun (all ages). Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

MARCH

March 2 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play. First Sunday of month free to Ipswich residents.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

March 3 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm: Museum docent and Weekend Manager Bob Purzycki shares stories and images from his three-week "grand tour" of Western Europe.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

March 9 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play. Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

March 16 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play. Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

March 19 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Susan Hill Dolan, Northeast Region Cultural Resources Specialist for The Trustees of Reservations presents "Art in the Landscape: Three Major Sculptors at Castle Hill."  Discover how architects, landscape architects, and artists collaborated in the overall design of the Crane family’s great estate.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

March 23 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play. Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

March 30 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pmSpecial this week - Join "Sally Patty" the doll and storyteller Sharon Grimes at 3pm for story telling, song and dance. Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play. Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

FEBRUARY

February 2 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm:  Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  First Sunday of month free to Ipswich residents.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

February 3 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm:  Museum docent and college professor George Gray discusses his fall 2013 trip to Russia in "From Russia with Love."  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

February 9 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm:  Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

February 12 - Annual Meeting, 7:30 pmAll members invited to attend.  Coffee and tea follow.

February 16 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm:  Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing. Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

February 18 - Special February vacation exhibit hours, 10am-12pm:  Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing. Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

February 19 - Special February vacation exhibit hours, 10am-12pm:  Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing. Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

February 23 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm:  Visit the winter exhibit “Focusing on the Child” featuring objects, images, and family-friendly activities.  First floor rooms open for viewing.  Exhibit features a "Kid's Corner," with modern and reproduction toys for hands-on play.  Free to members and children.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

February 26 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Lindsay Randall and Marla Taylor, staff at the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology at Phillips Andover, will provide an archaeological perspective of the Bull Brook Paleoindian site in Ipswich.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

JANUARY

January  6 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm: Co-Director and Educator Stacey Fraser-deHaan shares images and stories from her recent trip to Edinburgh, Scotland and past trips to Scotland.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.  Jean Moss of Olde Ipswich Tours will be on hand after the talk to share information about the tour company's August-September 2014 trip to Scotland and Ireland.  (TOPIC CANCELED DUE TO TRAVEL DELAYS - RESCHEDULED TO NOVEMBER 3, 2014)

January 7 - Museum office reopens.

January 15 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm: Local journalist Joel Brown speaks about his guidebook on the Essex Coastal Byway.  Come hear his "local's view" on the byway, which links 13 towns on the North Shore of Massachusetts, spotlighting their history, culture and scenic beauty.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

January 23 - Volunteer Appreciation Party, 5-7 pm:  Hosted by Ray and Margaret Morley at Ipswich Inn to thank our many volunteers for their hours of service to the Museum. This festive event features wine, beer, and appetizers.

DECEMBER

December 7 - Holiday Boutique, 10am to 4pm: Annual fundraising event for Museum featuring sale of holiday greens, handmade gifts, Grandma’s Attic treasures, art, and silent auction.  First floor rooms open for viewing, beautifully decorated by Town & Country Garden Club. 

December 11 - Special Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30pm: Ipswich High School students present their research on the 1913 Ipswich Mill Strike in this special extra lecture.  Free.

December 14 - Museum Store Open, 12-4pm: Dow prints, books, hand-crafted jewelry, fragrant soaps & sachets, pottery, original art.  Free gift tags with store purchase.  Boutique & Grandma’s Attic items for sale in the China Trade Room.  For store information (only), please call 978 500 5805.

December 21 - Museum Store Open, 12-4pm: Dow prints, books, hand-crafted jewelry, fragrant soaps & sachets, pottery, original art.  Free gift tags with store purchase.  Boutique & Grandma’s Attic items for sale in the China Trade Room.  For store information (only), please call 978 500 5805.

December 21 - Ipswich Evergreen, 12-4pm:  Holiday festival at the Museum, Ipswich Visitors Center, and South Meetinghouse Green.  A display of local non-profit organizations will be in the Appleton Room at the Museum. This is an opportunity for the organizations to highlight their activities and to offer people a chance to purchase gifts that make a difference … memberships, promotional items, etc.  In addition, three children’s books have been chosen to be presented by talented reader/performers. These will rotate every 20 minutes throughout the event, in the Dow Gallery of the Museum.

December 22 - Museum Store Open, 12-4pm: Dow prints, books, hand-crafted jewelry, fragrant soaps & sachets, pottery, original art.  Free gift tags with store purchase.  Boutique & Grandma’s Attic items for sale in the China Trade Room.  For store information (only), please call 978 500 5805.

December 24-January 7 - Museum office closed for the holidays.  Happy Holidays!

NOVEMBER

November 2 - Fall Garden Clean-Up, 8:30-11:30am: Bring rakes, pruning shears, clippers and pick-up trucks. Cider, coffee & donuts will be provided.  Meet at the Whipple House.

November 4 - Brown Bag lunch, 12pm:  Local author Doug Brendel speaks about his book series "Only in Ipswich."  The Ipswich Chronicle columnist and author of the cartoon-illustrated Only in Ipswich book series will read from his funniest “Outsidah” columns. He will also offer a sneak preview of his upcoming book Ipswich Unzipped, and offer his typically off-beat commentary on life in small-town New England from the standpoint of a newcomer. (Unzipped will be launched the day after Thanksgiving at a MiXtMedia Gallery event in Ipswich.)  Doug will have his first two Only in Ipswich books available for purchase and autographs at the Brown Bag lunch.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

November 9 - Fall Garden Clean-Up, 8:30-11:30am: Bring rakes, pruning shears, clippers and pick-up trucks. Cider, coffee & donuts will be provided.  Meet at the  Whipple House.  

November 13 & 14 - Please note that the Museum office will be closed for professional development.

November 20 - Whipple & Knight House Open Houses, 6-7:30 pm:  The 17th century houses will be open and lit with candles as part of the town's two-week celebration of "Ipswich is First . . . Period."  Free.

November 20 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Author and historian Missy Wolfe presents “Insubordinate Spirit: A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest America, 1610-65”.  Come hear how Elizabeth Winthrop’s life intersected three colliding cultures and politics.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

November 23 - Colonial Family Fun Day, 12-2pm:  Family activities, games, and crafts at the Museum to complement the town’s two-week-long celebration of “Ipswich is First . . . Period.”  Suggested donation $5.

November 27 & 28 - Please note the Museum office will be closed for the holiday.  Happy Thankgiving!