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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.

 

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 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 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 22-January 4:  Museum office closed for the holidays.  Happy Holidays!

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 "Mehitabel's Mishap: a storied event in 17th-century Ipswich."  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

TBD - 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.


Past Events

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
 

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.