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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, noon:  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.

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, noon:  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 13 - 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 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!

JUNE

June 2 - Brown Bag lunch, noon:  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 18 - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm:  Museum’s Dow Curator Stephanie Gaskins gives an overview of the Museum’s summer exhibit.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members and participants, $10 for non-members.


Past Events

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, noon: 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, noon:  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, noon: 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, noon:  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!

OCTOBER

October 5 - 17th Century Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm:  Visit the Whipple House for free demonstrations on life in the 17th Century.  See completion work of the 1657 Alexander Knight House as the volunteer team finishes building this authentic reproduction using period tools and methods.

October 7 - Brown Bag Lunch, noon: Co-Director and Museum Educator, Stacey Fraser de-Haan, will discuss "Archaelogy of Agawam," a history of Native American groups who inhabited Ipswich and Essex County during the 17th century and before.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

October 13 - Behind the Scenes Tour, 2-3 pm:  Weekend Manager Bob Purzycki leads a special tour through the nooks and crannies not usually seen on tours.  $10/pp; maximum 10 people.  Pre-registration recommended.

October 25 - Kids’ Halloween Party, 3:30-5 pm:  Haunted house, scary stories, scarecrow building, crafts, snacks, costume parade.  $5/per child. 

October 30 - Harvest Supper, 6:30 pm:  Join us for the traditional harvest feast, featuring turkey and all the trimmings.  Tickets $35/pp by advance reservation; $5 more at the door.  

SEPTEMBER

September 7 -  17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Visit the 1677 Whipple House View the authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House, which needs just the rear portion of its thatched roof, (to be installed in the spring/summer of 2013).  Tour of the Whipple House is $7.

September 9 - Brown Bag Lunch, noon: Museum Weekend Manager Bob Purzycki discusses his recent trip to China.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

September 18  - Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30 pm: Museum volunteer Therese Armstrong presents “From Samplers to Shawls and Quilts in Between.”  The talk will focus on many ways textiles were used in clothing and for the home as covers and decorations.  Therese connects some pieces in her own textile collection with similar pieces held by the Museum.  Our Wednesday Evening Lecture series is generously sponsored by First Ipswich Bank.  Cost is free for members, $10 for non-members.

September 20-22 Trails & Sails: Mark your calendars to join us to once again celebrate our region’s distinctive history, breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems!

September 22 - Walking Tour of Ipswich, 1:30-3 pm: Learn more about the colorful characters who once resided in the colonial town of Ipswich. Start at the Ipswich Museum, walk to Ipswich Riverwalk to view the stunning EBSCO mural and tour the South Village Green area with an eye toward history and three centuries of architecture.

September 22 - Arthur Wesley Dow of Ipswich, 3-4:30pm: 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 - Lantern workshop, 3-5 pm: Make a lantern that complements upcoming Ipswich Illumination event.  For all ages. Members $5; non-members $6. Pre-registration recommended.

September 27-29 - Trails & Sails: Mark your calendars to join us to once again celebrate our region’s distinctive history, breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems!

AUGUST

August 3 - 17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Visit the 1677 Whipple House and view the authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House, which needs just the rear portion of its thatched roof (to be installed in the summer/fall of 2013).  Tour of the Whipple House is $7.

August 5 - Brown Bag Lunch, noon: Curator Katherine Chaison discusses and displays seldom seen objects in collections for perennial favorite “Collection Gems.”  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

August 19 - Art in August Workshop, 3-5 pm:  The Museum’s summer exhibit “I must go down to the seas again . . . “highlights the work of local artists and examines their relationship with the sea.  Come explore the exhibit with a scavenger hunt, then answer the next question: why do YOU go to the shore?  Participants will create their own art illustrating the reasons they go “down to the seas again.”  All ages – families welcome!  Materials fee: members $5; non-members $6.  Pre-registration recommended – please call 978-356-2811.

August 21 - Wednesday 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 and participants, $10 for non-members.  LECTURE POSTPONED.

JULY

July 1 - Brown Bag lunch, noon: Museum docent and college professor George Gray discusses the rewards and challenges of Teaching Chinese Students in the United States.  Ipswich seniors and museum members free.  $5 for non-members.

July 4 - The Museum will be CLOSED for the holiday. Happy 4th of July!

July 6 - 17th Century Saturday, 11am-3pm: Visit the 1677 Whipple House and view the exterior of the authentic reproduction 1657 Knight House, which needs just the rear portion of its thatched roof, (to be installed in the spring/summer of 2013).  Tour of the Whipple House is $7.