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John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum

John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum The John Greenleaf Whittier home is a National Historic Landmark. It showcases how the Quaker poet and abolitionist lived and where he wrote.

From 1836 until his death in 1892, John Greenleaf Whittier lived and wrote most of his poetry and prose here in this Amesbury, MA home. Built circa 1829, this classic New England farmhouse retains the decor and structure of the home as Whittier and his family knew it during the mid- and late 1800s. Members of the Whittier Home Association, founded in 1898, are stewards of Whittier's Amesbury home

From 1836 until his death in 1892, John Greenleaf Whittier lived and wrote most of his poetry and prose here in this Amesbury, MA home. Built circa 1829, this classic New England farmhouse retains the decor and structure of the home as Whittier and his family knew it during the mid- and late 1800s. Members of the Whittier Home Association, founded in 1898, are stewards of Whittier's Amesbury home

Operating as usual

Happy (one day early) 214th Birthday to our beloved Quaker poet, John Greenleaf Whittier! Photo by Christine Green.
12/16/2021

Happy (one day early) 214th Birthday to our beloved Quaker poet, John Greenleaf Whittier! Photo by Christine Green.

The Grimke sisters were leaders in the abolitionist movement and were friends of Whittier.
11/29/2021

The Grimke sisters were leaders in the abolitionist movement and were friends of Whittier.

"I ask for no favor for my s*x. All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks." Sarah Moore Grimké

Today's the birthday of early abolitionist and feminist Sarah Moore Grimké (November 26, 1792 – December 23, 1873).

Born and reared in South Carolina to a prominent, wealthy planter family, she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the 1820s to became a Quaker. Ten years later she returned to South Carolina to "save" her younger sister Angelina from the limitations of the South.

The two sisters devoted themselves to charity work, and began to speak on the lecture circuit, recounting their knowledge of slavery firsthand and advocating for full abolition, as well as the need for economic independence for women and the importance of women's rights.

Sarah Moore Grimké was the author of the first developed public argument for women's equality, and her writings inspired orher feminists such as Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucretia Mott.

She was one of our Women's History Honorees in 1992: https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org/biographies/

In lieu of the annual summer teas, the Whittier Home hosted "The Romance of Hats" presented by Donna and Ron Lasko, auth...
09/22/2021

In lieu of the annual summer teas, the Whittier Home hosted "The Romance of Hats" presented by Donna and Ron Lasko, authors, lecturers, tea consultants and founders of "Courtship Tea." During Donna's presentation, Ron selected an attendee to wear a given hat. We were fortunate to have a balmy, sun-filled afternoon for this September 18th social event. Chris Bryant Peter Bryant Anne R. Ferguson Lainie Senechal Edith Maxwell Pamela J. Fenner

UPDATE to Local History: "A little-known community of formerly enslaved Black residents in Concord, Massachusetts, took ...
08/12/2021
Black Walden Came First. Thoreau, After.

UPDATE to Local History: "A little-known community of formerly enslaved Black residents in Concord, Massachusetts, took up home in Walden Woods long before Henry David Thoreau arrived. Today, local activists are working to ensure the stories of Black Walden stay alive."
Walden Pond is 43 miles from our meetinghouse.

A little-known community of formerly enslaved Black residents in Concord, Massachusetts, took up home in Walden Woods long before Henry David Thoreau arrived. Today, local activists are working to ensure the stories of Black Walden stay alive.

This year's Tapestry of Voices, a lovely annual gathering devoted to reading poetry aloud, in the back yard of the John ...
08/08/2021

This year's Tapestry of Voices, a lovely annual gathering devoted to reading poetry aloud, in the back yard of the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum. Lots of fresh air and space as Amesburys Poet Laureate Ellie O'Leary read a poem of Whittier's and a poem of her own. Other poets followed suit. A much nicer gathering than doing it over Zoom like last year!

Coming up this Sunday!!
08/06/2021

Coming up this Sunday!!

Here is the announcement with correct date. My mistake, Lainie Senechal

NE Author's & Artist's Books II
07/29/2021

NE Author's & Artist's Books II

Celebrating Whittier by Pamela Johnson Fenner

07/21/2021

One week from today, on July 28, at 6:30 p.m. join us at John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum located at 86 Friend St. in Amesbury!

July’s featured poet and poet laureate of Plymouth, Stephan Delbos will be sharing a reading. His reading will be followed by an open mic.

Find out more about Stephan Delbos and his work here:
https://www.stephandelbos.com

Please note the Amesbury Poet Laureate Committee will be meeting on the 4th Wednesday (not Tuesday) of each month now.

A lovely in-person event tonight to celebrate Amesbury Poet Laureate Ellie O'Leary's launch of her fabulous book of poem...
06/23/2021

A lovely in-person event tonight to celebrate Amesbury Poet Laureate Ellie O'Leary's launch of her fabulous book of poems, Breathe Here!

Back: Ellie O'Leary, Chris Bryant, Lainie Senechal
Front: Christine Remus, Paulette Turco

Includes a small bust of Whittier.
06/17/2021

Includes a small bust of Whittier.

05/24/2021

Here's the background story of how Frederick Douglass, later to become a friend of Whittier, escaped from slavery.

We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting an outdoor theater production of the new play about John Greenleaf Whittier...
05/22/2021

We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting an outdoor theater production of the new play about John Greenleaf Whittier on Saturday, June 12th at 3pm. Tickets can be reserved starting at at noon today at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-abolitionists-refrain-tickets-152923840323
We are partnering with the Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill and Punctuate4 Inc theater company. We received grants from the Amesbury Cultural Council and the Haverhill Cultural Council to hold these performances, free of charge for the community. We'll be offering 40 tickets to the public for each performance.

Happy Birthday, John Greenleaf Whittier, the Amesbury Quaker poet and abolitionist!
12/17/2020

Happy Birthday, John Greenleaf Whittier, the Amesbury Quaker poet and abolitionist!

11/30/2020
Donate

Reminder — PLEASE DONATE to the Whittier Home Association and Museum—see link below. With Covid19, the tax rules for donations have been adjusted in everyone's favor.

"This year, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides for increased tax-deductibility of charitable contributions. If you take the standard deduction, you may now deduct up to $300 ($600 for couples) in qualified charitable cash contributions to the Whittier Home and other qualified charities. And if you if you itemize, you may deduct 100% of your gifts, up from 60% previously. These benefits expire on December 31, 2020, so make your gift now! (Consult your tax professional or follow this link for further details.)" GO TO whittierhome.org and look for the DONATE button on the left sidebar.

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Tapestry of Voices 2020The 22nd Annual Tapestry of Voices Poetry Reading, in collaboration with the Whittier Home Associ...
08/14/2020
Tapestry of Voices 2020

Tapestry of Voices 2020

The 22nd Annual Tapestry of Voices Poetry Reading, in
collaboration with the Whittier Home Association, was held on
August 9th, 2020 3:00 to 5:00 pm. as a virtual event.

It was dedicated to the memory of Congressman John Lewis, recently deceased, and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

You can see a recording of the event at:
https://youtu.be/esYq5zJjq0I

For the last 21 years the Tapestry of Voices has held a poetry reading in honor of John Greenleaf Whittier in the wonderful gardens in the "Whittier Home" in...

The home museum is closed for in-person visits, but you can now take a tour virtually! We hope you'll enjoy visiting our...
08/14/2020
A virtual tour of the Whittier Home

The home museum is closed for in-person visits, but you can now take a tour virtually! We hope you'll enjoy visiting our Quaker poet and abolitionist's Amesbury home on a tour led by Whittier Home Association president Chris Bryant, with filming by her able husband, Peter Bryant.

This is a tour around the Whittier Home where John Greanleaf Whittier spent most of his adult life and wrote the poem Snowbound in 1866. He was one of the co...

Flatbread Fundraiser for Poetry is tomorrow, Tuesday August 11th.  Please come for great pizza and support Poetry in Ame...
08/10/2020

Flatbread Fundraiser for Poetry is tomorrow, Tuesday August 11th. Please come for great pizza and support Poetry in Amesbury.

JOIN YOUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORT OUR POET LAUREATE PROGRAM. Whether you do a take-out or enjoy a 'safe distancing' meal, join us at the Amesbury Flatbreat in the Upper Millyard.

Even in the midst of a pandemic life goes on! And, you gotta eat! Order a pizza on August 11th in support of our Poet Laureate program!

Whittier Home's annual Tapestry of Voices poetry reading this afternoon was held by Zoom instead of the garden. Debbie S...
08/09/2020

Whittier Home's annual Tapestry of Voices poetry reading this afternoon was held by Zoom instead of the garden. Debbie Szabo, English teacher atNewburyport High School, was one of the readers today.

08/07/2020

Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill changes direction and hires an Executive Director— Kaleigh Paré.

JOIN YOUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORT OUR POET LAUREATE PROGRAM. Whether you do a take-out or enjoy a 'safe distancing' meal, jo...
08/04/2020

JOIN YOUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORT OUR POET LAUREATE PROGRAM. Whether you do a take-out or enjoy a 'safe distancing' meal, join us at the Amesbury Flatbreat in the Upper Millyard.

Even in the midst of a pandemic life goes on! And, you gotta eat! Order a pizza on August 11th in support of our Poet Laureate program!

Frederick Douglass' complicated relationship with Lincoln revealed in this Washington Post article. He was troubled with...
06/28/2020
Frederick Douglass delivered a Lincoln reality check at Emancipation Memorial unveiling

Frederick Douglass' complicated relationship with Lincoln revealed in this Washington Post article. He was troubled with the Emancipation Monument in Lincoln Park DC, but —

"In the speech, Douglass concluded that despite Lincoln’s failings, he should be remembered for the great accomplishment of freeing thousands of enslaved people.
“Though he loved Caesar less than Rome, though the union was more to him than our freedom or our future,” Douglass said, “under his wise and beneficent rule we saw ourselves gradually lifted from the depths of slavery to the heights of liberty and manhood.”

During the speech, Douglass said Lincoln was "the white man's president, devoted to the welfare of white men."

Local story about the vandalism of the Whittier statue in Whittier, CA.
06/22/2020
Damage to Whittier statue causes ripples on both coasts

Local story about the vandalism of the Whittier statue in Whittier, CA.

AMESBURY — Recent civil unrest appears to have led to the vandalism of a statue of the 19th century abolitionist poet John Greenleaf Whittier in Whittier, California.

Here are photos taken of the Whittier statue in Central Park in Whittier, CA. You can see how enormous it is and it loca...
06/16/2020

Here are photos taken of the Whittier statue in Central Park in Whittier, CA. You can see how enormous it is and it located near the children's playground. It was specially commissioned to honor him. I visited the city in 2007, saw the JGW archives at Whittier College, and was shown about town by a woman from a Quaker parish (not a meeting, but a church.)

WHITTIER STATUE VANDALIZED IN CA. JGW never wanted a statue of himself erected, but in Whittier, CA (the town named afte...
06/16/2020
Statue of abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier vandalized in his namesake city

WHITTIER STATUE VANDALIZED IN CA. JGW never wanted a statue of himself erected, but in Whittier, CA (the town named after him), there is a charming one of him sitting in a comfortable armchair. It is enormous and I think Whittier might be amused that children scramble up and sit on his lap. But during the protests last weekend it was vandalized with spray paint. Whoever was responsible probably did not know that JGW was an abolitionist and worked to end slavery.
https://www.whittierdailynews.com/2020/06/15/statue-of-abolitionist-john-greenleaf-whittier-vandalized-in-his-namesake-city/

The city is named after the poet, editor and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier.

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress" is still true today.Frederick Douglass, a friend of Whittier, gave one o...
06/05/2020
(1857) Frederick Douglass, "If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress" •

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress" is still true today.
Frederick Douglass, a friend of Whittier, gave one of his most important speeches about freedom in 1857.

On August 3, 1857, Frederick Douglass delivered a “West India Emancipation” speech at Canandaigua, New York, on the twenty-third anniversary of the event. Most of the address was a history of British efforts toward emancipation as well as a reminder of the crucial role of … Read More(1857) Fre...

An early walk took us by people hard at work keeping the Home in good repair, with foundation repairs and fence upkeep. ...
05/27/2020

An early walk took us by people hard at work keeping the Home in good repair, with foundation repairs and fence upkeep. Thankful for small local historical museums - especially this one!

04/14/2020
Don’t Quit

Dan Rather recites a Whittier poem from his youth - timeless.

During the epidemic of 1918 flu cases locally, Emily Binney Smith, first President of the Whittier Home Association appe...
04/05/2020

During the epidemic of 1918 flu cases locally, Emily Binney Smith, first President of the Whittier Home Association appealed: "If there are any who have taken first aid instruction who would be willing to aid in the local work they would confer a great favor by notifying Mrs. E. B. Smith. (Amesbury Daily News, September 28, 1918, page 3.)

Since its founding in 1898, the WHA was as much a community social service organization as an historical one. They prepared bandages during WW1, created Thanksgiving and Christmas packages for persons in need in Amesbury and endeavors that now would be handled by town or county government services
The Amesbury Carriage Museum shares other facts from historical records. https://mailchi.mp/b5e3ce3aa9b2/newsletters-1430172?fbclid=IwAR07PujMRKTyU4RlAUUrrgZi4oCSfjiQscb32eAH9S8TIXuu3ngJ2hnN-JA

1918 Flu Epidemic in Amesbury - A Desperate Call for Medical Workers - https://mailchi.mp/b5e3ce3aa9b2/newsletters-1430172

A cool find from Amesbury resident Susan Hopkinson Dodge: "I found this interesting piece in a recent Country Living mag...
03/09/2020

A cool find from Amesbury resident Susan Hopkinson Dodge: "I found this interesting piece in a recent Country Living magazine."

03/09/2020

News Flash: the 10th annual Celebrating Whittier event to be held on March 22nd has been POSTPONED in light of the covid-19 virus. We hope to reschedule this fabulous tea honoring the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage later in the year. All ticket purchases will be honored.

What a remarkable man and one that might well have inspired the abolition efforts in America especially of Whittier and ...
02/13/2020
William Wilberforce

What a remarkable man and one that might well have inspired the abolition efforts in America especially of Whittier and Garrison. Interesting dates: Whittier was born in 1807 and in 1833 published his first anti-slavery essay thus beginning his abolition work for the next 30+ years.

Antislavery politician

01/23/2020

Save the date! the Whittier Home presents the 10th Annual Celebrating Whittier to be held on March 22nd, 2:00 p.m., at the Friends Meetinghouse in Amesbury, MA. The cost is $30 per person, children under 14 are free.

The event features a presentation by Ron and Donna Lasko entitled “HATS OFF TO WOMEN!” The program commemorates the 100th anniversary of American women achieving their right to vote and celebrates the spirit that has paved the way for future women’s rights progress.

This church may have started out in a Quaker tradition, but changed over time. Not what one might see in the Amesbury me...
01/01/2020
Your Turn: Quakertown Church and memories of a simpler time

This church may have started out in a Quaker tradition, but changed over time. Not what one might see in the Amesbury meeting. Memories of the Quakertown Church (Connecticut) and a simpler time—

When I grew up in Old Mystic in the 1950s, my family attended a former meetinghouse in Ledyard founded by the Rogerene Quakers in the 18th century.

Happy birthday, John Greenleaf Whittier (Dec. 17, 1807 - Sept. 7, 1892)! . . . Poet. Hymn writer. "In 1847, he became ed...
12/17/2019

Happy birthday, John Greenleaf Whittier (Dec. 17, 1807 - Sept. 7, 1892)! . . . Poet. Hymn writer. "In 1847, he became editor of "The National Era," one of the most influential abolitionist newspapers of the time. Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Died in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Buried in Union Cemetery, Amesbury, Massachusetts."
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.

Happy birthday, John Greenleaf Whittier (Dec. 17, 1807 - Sept. 7, 1892)! . . . Poet. Hymn writer. In 1847, he became editor of "The National Era," one of the most influential abolitionist newspapers of the time. Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Died in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Buried in Union Cemetery, Amesbury, Massachusetts.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.

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A new play about poet, abolitionist and Quaker John Greenleaf Whittier will be performed in June at the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury. https://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/whittier-play-debuts-june-12-in-amesbury/article_b0141dd8-79f3-5d2e-90b0-2b8ef5a697b5.html
We’re excited to announce that we’re hosting an outdoor theater production of the new play about John Greenleaf Whittier on Sunday, June 13th at 3pm. Tickets can be reserved starting at at noon today at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-abolitionists-refrain-tickets-152913118253

We are partnering with John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury and Punctuate4 Inc theater company. We received grants from the Haverhill Cultural Council and the Amesbury Cultural Council to hold these performances, free of charge for the community. We'll be offering 40 tickets to the public for each performance.
Hello is the museum open yet? Is it open this Saturday?
As you can’t visit the home at present we invite you to take a 35 minute virtual tour. This is a shortened version of the tour which usually takes over an hour. Whittier lived here for most of his adult life. He wrote Snowbound here in 1866. He was the leading abolitionist poet in the USA.

Whittier Home Tour
Whittier Home Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbDzN7jmL8Q&feature=youtu.be

As you can’t visit the home at present we invite you to take a 35 minute tour. Whittier lived here for most of his adult life. He wrote Snowbound here. He was also the countries leading abolitionist poet.
As we are not open to the public at present we invite you to take a virtual tour. This is where John Greenleaf Whittier spent most of his adult life and where wrote snowbound in 1866. He was also the leading abolitionist poet in the country.

Whittier Home Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbDzN7jmL8Q&feature=youtu.be

Find out more at www.whittierhome.org
Unfortunately we are closed to visitors in 2020 but we wanted to still share the home, so we have created a Virtual Tour. The regular tours take over an hour and you have to be in Amesbury, MA.With this you can be anywhere.

The tour takes 35 minutes and takes you round the 4 main rooms where John Greenleaf Whittier spent most of his adult life. It is full of fascinating facts and has some poetry readings.

If you like it and are in the area after 2020 we would love you to see you, either on summer Saturdays or by special appointment.

You can find the Tour Viideo at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbDzN7jmL8Q&feature=youtu.be

More details on our website is: https://whittierhome.org/

Come and see where Snowbound was written and find out about Whittier's major contribution to abolitionist cause.
Did you know a $5.00 donation is enough to earn you the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum property card in Amesbury's Shop Local-Opoly. Just swing by Gould Insurance Agency to leave your donation and snag your card!

Collect all four cards in this category and return them to the Amesbury Chamber's 5 Market Sq Office by September 4th. You'll be entered for a chance to win $500.00 donated by Cathy Toomey - Amesbury Area Real Estate Agent, as well as for a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize from Shea Concrete Products.
Explore the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury from the comfort of your own home!
Is there anyone who does a John Greenleaf Whittier enactment in period costume?
I am not sure if this is the right venue to do this but going through some old boxes that I purchased I came across a small plate of The Whittier birthplace, Haverhill Massachusetts. On the back of the plate there is an older picture of John Greenleaf Whittier and the plate was made by Old English Staffordshire Ware and it was made in Staffordshire England and ported exclusively for John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead. I was hoping to find a collector or someone that may be interested in purchasing this plate, if anyone is interested please reach out and contact me, Jami Caesar .
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