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SEPTEMBER

September 21- Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30pm: 1634 Burial Ground, It's History and Significance. The old burial ground is an on-going restoration project. The initial study was conducted by Fannin-Lehner Associates of the oldest section and they are working with Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture on a comprehensive landscape and restoration plan. Speakers: Paul McGinley and Gordon Harris.  Paul McGinley is a historic preservation architect who has done numerous restoration projects in New England. Gordon Harris is town historian and has created an onlne database that can be searched by name and grave location. Ipswich Museum members are free, non- members are $10.

September 25- Essex National Heritage Area Trails and Sails Arthur Wesley Dow of Ipswich Walking Tour 3:00 - 4:30 pm Experience the Arthur Wesley Dow Gallery in the Ipswich Museum's Heard House, including major paintings, wood block prints, and photographs. Folllowing the gallery exhibit, take the Dow Walking tour to visit landmarks and views significant to Dow's life in Ipswich. On the walk we will pass by many of his iconic images. Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922) was an Ipswich native who became an important American artist and teacher. His theories of art are still importnt today. Tour departs from the Ipswich Museum's Heard House. Tours of the Heard House and Whipple House featuring special exhibitions will also be open and available for a fee. 

September 26- Homeschool Workshop, 10:00 am to noon: Join us to discover a Victorian Childhood. We'll tour the 1800 Heard House, paying special attention to the toys and education from the late 1800's. Then we will practice our copy-painting skills like Elsie Heard, the last girl to live in this house. If time and weather permit, we'll finish the morning by playing historic games outside. Homeschool Workshops are held the last Monday of the month from 10am to noon. The cost is $5/per child to explore hands-on history at the Ipswich Museum. Homeschool Workshops are open to all children between the ages of 6 and 12. Email educator@ipswichmuseum.org to save your spot by September 21st. Register early because spaces fill up!

OCTOBER

 

Past Events

JUNE

June 6- Brown Bag Lunch, noon: In Cod We Trust. Speaker: Heather Atwood, author, discusses her cookbook and various ethnic cuisines on the Massachusetts coast, surprisingly as varied as French coastal cuisines. Free for Ipswich Museum Members and Ipswich Seniors, $5 for non-members.

June 15- Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm: Overview of Museum's Summer Exhibit: Henry Rodman Kenyon ImpressionistSpeaker: Stephanie Gaskins, Dow Curator and Museum President, will talk about the new summer exhibit of Kenyon paintings. Free for Ipswich Members, $10 for non-members.

June 17- Summer Exhibit Opening, Henry Rodman Kenyon Impressionist, 6-8 pm.

MAY

May 2- Brown Bag Lunch, noon: Three Sisters Project. Speaker: Wayne Castonquay, Director of the Ipswich Watershed Association and Chair of the Three Sister Project explains the community farming operation designed to build an all-inclusive sustainable community through food and farm-based engagement. Free for Ipswich Museum Members and Ipswich Seniors, $5 for non-members.

May 6- Doo Wop Party, 6-9 pm at the Hellenic Center. Join us for a lively evening of entertainment with the highly acclaimed Northshore Acappella. https://www.youtube.com/user/NorthShoreAcappella Enjoy your favorite music from the 50s through today with light fare, desserts and cash bar. Tickets are $60 per person. Call the office at 978-356-2811 to RSVP.  All proceeds benefit the Ipswich Museum.

May 11- Annual Meeting 6:30 pm

May 18- Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm: Boston Harbor Islands. Discover the new but underpublicized Boston Harbor Islands national park, which has wilderness campsites, a spectacular Civil War fort, remnants of mansions and missile silos, and rumors of ghostly visitations by spies and pirates, all practically within sight of downtown Boston. Speaker: Doug Stewart has written numerous articles for Smithsonian Magazine as well as restaurant columns for the Boston Sunday Globe with his wife, former Ipswich Chronicle editor Coco McCabe. Ipswich Museum Members are free, non-members $10.

May 23- May Homeschool Workshop, 10 am to noon: Childhood in the 17th Century. This month participants are encouraged to imagine themselves living their daily lives in the 1677 Whipple House and 17th century Ipswich. Museum teachers identify four basic needs for living in any era: food, clothing, shelter and transportation. Through a tour of the house and four hands-on activities, we explore how children in the 17th century contributed significantly to meeting these needs for their families.  We also help students better understand their worlds by examining contrasts and comparisons with the 21st century. Homeschool Workshops are open to all kids age 6-12. The cost is $5/child to explore hands-on history at the Ipswich Museum. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. To register email, educator@ipswichmuseum.org by Wednesday, May 18th.

May 28- Museum opens for Tour Season!

APRIL

Every Sunday from 2-4pm: Come see Properly Seated exhibit, curated by John Fiske and learn who sat on what and why in Ipswich.

April 4 - Brown Bag Lunch, noon: Ipswich Reads One Book. Co-sponsored with the Ipwich Public Library, Martha Mauser will facilitate a discussion about the chosen book Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Copies are available for checkout at the main desk of the Ipswich Public Library. Free for all.

April 20 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm: Why Our Stories Matter. Personal stories influence our lives and telling those stories is important, not just in the form of memoirs but by writing diaries and recording oral histories. Speaker: Thatcher Freund is a journalist in Portland ME and has written articles for the New York Times magazine. His publications include: The Python Trail: An Immigrant's Path from Cameroon to America and Objects of Desire: The Lives of Antiques and Those Who Pursue Them. Ipswich Museum members are free, non-members are $10.

April 23- Spring Clean Up at the Museum, 9 - noon: Meet at the Heard House. Please bring a rake and gloves, coffee and pastries will be provided.

MARCH

Every Sunday from 2-4pm: Come see Properly Seated exhibit, curated by John Fiske and learn who sat on what and why in Ipswich.

March 7 - Brown Bag Lunch, noon: Did You Ever Wonder What Time Is....Really? Bob Purzycki, Tour Guide manager, explains where the concept of time comes from. By the end of the presentation everyone will really know what time is. Free for Ipswich seniors and members, $5 for non-members.

March 16 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm: Mad For Glorry- USS Frigate Essex. The Salem-built USS Frigate Essex was ordered illegally into the Pacific during the War of 1812 and the ramifications of that in the region for the US and international relations. Speaker: Robert Booth is a native and resident of Marblehead, author of several books, co-founder of the online Salem Historical Society and curator emeritus of the Pickering House in Salem. Ipswich Museum members are free, non-members are $10.

FEBRUARY

Every Sunday from 2-4pm: Come see Properly Seated exhibit, curated by John Fiske and learn who sat on what and why in Ipswich.

February 1 - Brown Bag Lunch, noon: Preserving Family History. Kevin Bowe of Story-Crafters explains how families share their personal stories to provide a deeper understanding of a family's roots to those that come after them. Free for Ipswich seniors and members, $5 for non-members.

February 17 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm: Properly Seated: Two centuries of Chairs in the Ipswich Museum.  From the Whipples to the Heards, from the Pilgrim settlement to industrial America, chairs trace the history of domestic life in Ipswich and New England.  Drawing upon examples in the Ipswich Museum's exhibit, John Fiske traces the domestic history of who sat on what and why.  Speaker: John Fiske is the co-owner of Fiske & Freeman Antiques, Editor-in-Chief of New England Antiques Journal and Chair of the Ipswich Historical Commission. Ipswich Museum members are free, non-members are $10.

JANUARY

January 4 - Brown Bag Lunch, noon: Collection Gems. Curator, Katherine Chaison, displays rarely viewed objects from the Museum's collection. Free for Ipswich seniors and members, $5 for non-members.

January 20 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm: Who Really Wrote Shakespeare. 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Writer Doug Stewart discusses why many people, from actors to Supreme Court justices, doubt that Will of Stratford, a grain merchant with a grammar-school education, wrote the greatest works in the English language. Stewart will discuss other candidates from the 17th Earl of Oxford to Queen Elizabeth. Dough Stewart is the author of The Boy Who Would Be Shakespeare: A Tale of Forgery and Foley, and a contributor to Smithsonian Magazine. Ipswich Museum members are free, non-members are $10.

January 27 - Volunteer Appreciation Party, 5-7pm

NOVEMBER

November 2 - Brown Bag lunch, 12pm:  Museum member Kay Evans presents stories and images from her 2009 trip to Norway.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.  

November 18 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Dow Curator Stephanie Gaskins presents one of her "Neighborhood Walks."  This popular lecture series of features slides of past and current views of streetscapes and the audience-shared recollections and known histories of sites.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

November 19-20: Please note the Museum office will be closed for the holiday.  Happy Thankgiving!

November 28 - Build your own gingerbread house workshop, 10am-12pm:  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, email office@ipswichmuseum.org or pay online.

OCTOBER

October 3 - 17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm:  Join us for North of Boston's 17th Century Saturdays this summer! Tours of the 1677 Whipple House, authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House, and circa 1800 Heard House. $15 for tour of three houses; $10 for tour of one house.

October 5 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm: Marcia Gray, Recording Secretary of the Ipswich Museum Board of Trustees, shares photos and highlights of her recent trip to Vietnam in July 2015. Ipswich seniors and museum members free. $5 for nonmembers. 

October 11 - Guided tours end for the season.

October 12 - Columbus Day: The Museum office will be closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

October 17 - Ipswich Lions Club Chowderfest, 11am-4pm:  Restaurants from Ipswich and surrounding communities will serve their best chowder vying to take home the honor of “Best Chowder” by both Judges’ and People’s Choice awards – chowder tasting begins at 12:00 Noon. $10 per person/$30 for families, children 8 and younger free! Over 35 local crafters and vendors, live music, children’s activities and raffles!  Event on Ipswich Museum grounds and Town Green.

October 21 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30pm: Susan Hill Dolan, Curator of the Ipswich Properties for the Trustees of the Reservation, will present a lecture detailing intriguing objects from the collections of Appleton Farms, touching on the stories of the Appleton family members along the way. Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank. Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members. 

October 23 - Kids' Halloween Party, 3:30-5pm: Haunted house, scary stories, scarecrow building, crafts.  $7 per child.

SEPTEMBER

September 5 - 17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Join us for North of Boston's 17th Century Saturdays this summer! Tours of the 1677 Whipple House, authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House, and circa 1800 Heard House. $15 for tour of three houses; $10 for tour of one house.

September 7 - Labor Day: The Museum will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

September 14 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm: Nancy Tougas will present a talk entitled, "Personal Family Histories - Stories From Your Past," that will detail insider tips and strategies for conducting personal family histories and other genealogical research. As a member of the New England Genealogical Society, Tougas has been conducting genealogical research on her own family for 25 years, and is also a member of Historic New England and the Sons & Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury. A lifelong Ipswich resident, Tougas retired from the Ipswich Public Schools in 2012. Ipswich seniors and museum members free, $5 for non-members.

September 16 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30pm: Belinda Rathbone will present a lecture entitled "The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change, and a Daughter's Search for the Truth." During her lecture, Belinda Rathbone will be talking about her new book,"The Boston Raphael" in which she investigates the story behind her father's purchase of a painting attributed to Raphael for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where he was director from 1955-1972. The controversy that ensued involved the painting's attribution to Raphael as well as the clandestine manner of its exportation from Italy. Behind the scenes, a power struggle within the museum was also unfolding. Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank. Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members. 

September 18-20 - Trails & Sails: Mark your calendars to join us to once again celebrate our region’s distinctive history, breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems!

September 20 - 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 25-27 - Trails & SailsMark your calendars to join us to once again celebrate our region’s distinctive history, breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems!

AUGUST

August 1 - 17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Join us for North of Boston's 17th Century Saturdays this summer!  Tours of the 1677 Whipple House, authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House, and circa 1800 Heard House.  $15 for tour of three houses; $10 for tour of one house.

August 3 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm: Museum Weekend Manager Bob Purzycki shares stories and images from his trip in 2014 to the Yucatan Peninsula.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

JULY

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

July 6 - Brown Bag Lunch, 12pm:  Dan Clapp of the 1634 Meadery will give an overview of the meadery and this history of meadmaking.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

July 10 - Art Walk, 6-9pm:  Downtown Ipswich will be transformed into a sculpture garden thanks to Sculpture in Open Spaces. The Ipswich Museum, The Ipswich Visitor Center at the Hall-Haskell House, and Suzanne Crocker’s Contemporary Art Gallery will host an opening reception. 

July 11 - 17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Join us for North of Boston's 17th Century Saturdays this summer!  Enjoy spinning by Leslie Wind and other crafts demonstrations on the Whipple House Lawn! Tours of the 1677 Whipple House, authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House, and circa 1800 Heard House.  $15 for tour of three houses; $10 for tour of one house. 

July 25-26 - Olde Ipswich Days:  Ipswich Public Library book sale on Museum lawn and Museum Yard Sale.

JUNE

June 1 - 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 have his first two "Only in Ipswich" books available for purchase and autographs.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

June 6 - 17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Join us for North of Boston's 17th Century Saturdays this summer!  FREE tours of the 1677 Whipple House and authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House (this month ONLY).  Tours of the circa 1800 Heard House are $10.

June 17 - Women's Luncheon, 12pm:  Join us for a special Women's Luncheon featuring "Timeless Style" a fashion show narrated by Sondra Winer of Box-Top Consignment Shop and "A Quick Peek at Ipswich's Love of Dressing up through the Centuries" a talk and pop-up costume exhibit presented by Katherine Chaison, Ipswich Museum Curator.
Under a tent on the lawn of the Heard House.
Tickets for luncheon, fashion and 'pop up' exhibit show $75
All above plus a behind-the-scenes tour of Museum's costume collection $150
RSVP required by June 15, 2015

June 17 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Cancelled

June 27 - Old Rose Sale, 9am-12pm:  The Old Rose Gardens at the Whipple House contain pre-1864 rose varieties, many originally from Ipswich residents' gardens.  Sale will take place on Whipple House lawn. $25 per bush.

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 ninety minutes. Learn more, take a tour – and bring your friends!

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 18, Garden and Grounds clean-up, 9-11:30am:  The snow has melted and the gardens survived the winter of 2015! Tulip spikes in the gardens at the Ipswich Museum are massing for an invasion of color, thanks Peter & John Messelaar.  Check in at the back of the Whipple House or join those already at work. Parking is available at the Heard House, 54 South Main St. Gardening tools and carts are on site – or bring your own favorite tools.  Call 978-356-8696 for more information.

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 25, Garden and Grounds clean-up, 9-11:30am:  The snow has melted and the gardens survived the winter of 2015! Tulip spikes in the gardens at the Ipswich Museum are massing for an invasion of color, thanks Peter & John Messelaar.  Check in at the back of the Whipple House or join those already at work. Parking is available at the Heard House, 54 South Main St. Gardening tools and carts are on site – or bring your own favorite tools.  Call 978-356-8696 for more information.

April 26 - 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

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!