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APRIL

April 5 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm:  Easter - no Special Sunday exhibit hours.

April 6 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm:  Martha Mauser leads discussion on “Ipswich Reads One Book”, co-sponsored by the Ipswich Public Library.  Free to all!

April 12 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

April 15 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Join us as Kimberly Alexander, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty, History Department,  University of New Hampshire presents “The Art and Mystery of Making Shoes: New England Shoe Stories from the Long Eighteenth Century."  This lecture will look at shoes and their place in the history of the North Shore and New England in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  Presented in partnership with the Portsmouth Athenaeum.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

April 19:  Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

April 20:  Museum office closed for Patriot's Day/Marathon Monday.  Regular hours resume April 21.

April 26 - (final) Special Sundays, 2-4 pm:  Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

MAY

May 2 - IPSWICH JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, 12-4pm:  Join us for a FREE community event where history comes alive!  Knight, Heard, and Whipple House tours, Ipswich 400th Anniversary time capsule dedication, Knight House ribbon cutting, local food and ale, historical reenactments, live music, art show.  Raffle to fund the festivities, the Knight House, and the Ipswich Education Foundation.  Rain Date Sunday May 3rd.

May 4 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm:  Judy Anderson, former curator of the Jeremiah Lee Mansion (Marblehead), will present an informal talk on furniture making in Marblehead, with a focus on cabinetmaking.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

May 20 - Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Scott Jewell, Ipswich Middle School educator and Museum volunteer, presents"The Port of Ipswich."  Learn how the first major industry and transportation system affected the development of Ipswich, from information found in the Ipswich Custom House Records and other documents.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

May 23 - Opening Day of seasonal guided tours, 10 am to 4 pm:  The Museum will be open for tours from May 23 to October 11. Tours last approximately one hour total. Learn more, take a tour – and bring your friends!


Past Events

 

MARCH

March 1 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

March 2 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm:  Ipswich High School Assistant Principal and former archaeologist Jeff Carovillano will talk about the excavation of a privy site during the Big Dig archaeological survey.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

March 8 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

March 11 - Annual Meeting, 7:30 pmAll members invited to attend.  Special highlight - overview of our winter exhibit, “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection," with exhibit curator Stephanie Gaskins.  Join us for a fun evening!

March 15 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

March 18 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  William Sargent, NOVA consultant and author of five books on science and the environment, will present “Islands in a Storm, The Plum Island Story."  This lecture will chronicle the effect of Hurricane Sandy on East Coast Barrier Beaches, using Plum Island as a case study for sea level rise.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

March 22 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

March 23 - May 11, Dow Arts Program Spring 2015 Class Offering:

Introduction to Painting, Fridays 4:30-5:30pm, Ages 6-10, Instructor Carrie Woodruff

Explore a variety of techniques, use of color and different media. Children will work on their own projects learning the basics of watercolors, oil pastels and pastels. Using inspiration from the Dow Gallery, investigate the principles of foreground, middleground, background, texture, contrast, value, composition and primary and secondary colors.

Drawing from Life, Mondays 3-4:30pm, Ages 13-16, Instructor Nicole Hupin-Otis

Through fun and engaging studio and outdoor exercises this class will explore a lively mix of Still Life, Figure Drawing, and Landscape. We will work on line, form, value, space, texture, and (maybe a little!) color as we study the language of drawing. Training ourselves to really look and accurately see will be the basis of the class as we work on the principles of representation, proportion, perspective, and composition. Graphite pencil, charcoal, tonal washes, color pencil and watercolor are all possibilities as we do lots of drawing in this supportive and relaxed (but focused!) environment. The works of Arthur Wesley Dow will serve as a backdrop and reference for our own studio exploration.

Photography, Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm, Adults, Instructor David "Stoney" Stone

Designed for adults interested in advancing their digital photographic skills and techniques, this course begins with an introduction and an overview of  basic photographic  skills, including operation of  their cameras, exposure, focus and camera care and handling.   Sub­ sequent sessions include composition, handling diverse lighting situations, moving beyond the snapshot and preparing for printing.  Learn how to use the features of your own digital camera.

Each of our six week courses will be held in the historic Heard House starting the week of March 23 and ending May 1 with a special exhibit showcasing each student's journey as an artist.  Members $150, Non-Members $175 Cost includes all materials.  Space is limited, sign up early!  To sign up now, please call (978) 356-2811 or email office@ipswichmuseum.org

March 29 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pmVisit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

FEBRUARY

February 1 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

February 8 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

February 9 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm:  Museum Weekend Manager Bob Purzycki shares stories and images from his November 2014 trip to Cuba.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

February 15 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

February 18 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School Social Studies teacher, member of the Ipswich Historical Commission, and Ipswich resident Anne Page presents “Reflections on Firm and Family: Augustine Heard & Company and the Nineteenth Century Opium Trade.”  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

February 22 - Special Sundays, 2-4 pm: Visit the winter exhibit “Intriguing Objects: Volunteer Picks from the Ipswich Museum's Collection.”  Free to members.  $7/non-members and $5/seniors.

February 25 - Volunteer Appreciation Party, 5-7 pm:  Held annually to thank our many volunteers for their hours of service to the Museum.

JANUARY

January 5 - Museum office reopens.

January  5 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm: Co-Director and Educator Stacey Fraser-deHaan shares images and stories from her many trips to Scotland.  This is a follow-up lunch to her November lunch about trips to Edinburgh.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members

January 21 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:   John Fiske, antiques dealer, Museum volunteer, and Chairman of the Ipswich Historical Commission, presents "Mehitable's Mishap: a glimpse of Ipswich in 1668."  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

DECEMBER

December 6 - 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.  Museum Store Open, 12-4pm.  Dow prints, books, hand-crafted jewelry, fragrant soaps & sachets, pottery, original art.  Free gift tags with store purchase. 

December 7 - 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 13 - 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 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 15 - 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 20 - 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 22-January 4:  Museum office closed for the holidays.  Happy Holidays!

NOVEMBER

November 3 - 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.  

November 19 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Dow Curator Stephanie Gaskins presents "Downtown Ipswich, Part 2."  Popular lecture series of neighborhood “walks” continues downtown as Stephanie shows slides of past and current views of streetscape and the audience shares its own recollections and known histories of sites.  This is part 2 of a lecture that was started March 2013.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

November 20: Please note that the Museum office will be closed for professional development.

November 21, Ipswich Museum by Candlelight, 5-7 pm:  The Museum's 1677 John Whipple House and 1657 replica Alexander Knight House will be open after dark and lit with candles as part of the town's two-week celebration of "Ipswich is First . . . Period."  Free (donations always welcome).

November 26-28: Please note the Museum office will be closed for the holiday.  Happy Thankgiving!

November 29,  Build your own gingerbread house workshop9am-12:30pm:  The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a gingerbread house! Our hands-on, no-baking family class will supply each adult and child with all the materials needed to build your own candy decorated gingerbread house.  All ages!  We suggest adult assistance for children under 8.  Cost: $45 per family (this includes everything you need to go home with a completely decorated house).  For reservations call 978-356-2811 or email office@ipswichmuseum.org.

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 Mason jar lantern with fall leaves!  $5/members and $6/non-members.  

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

October 4 - Photo Exhibit Hours, 3-6pm:  Come view the Museum's summer exhibit, Special Places, Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, Photographer.  Free (donations always welcome).

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.  $25 for members/non-members.

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 11 - Houses closed for a private function.

October 12 - House tours end for the season!  Behind the Scenes Tour, 2pm.  Join Museum Weekend Manager Bob Purzycki for a fascinating look at the back stairs, ells, and attics of the Ipswich Museum!  Tour is $10 per person.

October 15 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30pm: Salem State professor of history Dane Morrison presents a lecture based on his recently-published 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.  

October 25, Fall Garden Clean-Up, 8:30am-12pm:  Bring rakes, pruning shears, clippers and pick-up trucks. Cider, coffee & donuts will be provided.  Meet at the Whipple House.  

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!

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