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 a

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

and museum. While it serves as a National Historic Landmark and tribute to the Quaker poet and the anti-slavery champion who made outstanding contributions to the life and literature of this country, it also plays an important role in the region’s contemporary literary scene, attracting writers from Greater Boston and beyond. We invite you to learn more about the Whittier Home and Museum, and to share in the legacy of one of the most important poets of the 19th century.

11/03/2023
Today!
10/28/2023

Today!

HAVERHILL — The Big Dog Show to benefit the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace is coming to Bradford Common this weekend.

10/21/2023

Bid Amesbury Poet Laureate - Ellie O'Leary goodbye at her last poetry reading event!

What:
Amesbury Monthly Poetry Reading ft. Sarah B. Sullivan
Follwed by an open mic

When:
Wednesday, October 25, 6:30-8pm

Where:
Zoom
Email [email protected] for the link.

Sarah B. Sullivan of Northampton, MA, is a person, poet, physician, teacher, le***an, parent, ocean-lover, and searcher. She is beginning her sixth year as Chairperson for Center for New Americans' annual literary fundraiser, 30 Poems in November.

Sarah leads craft courses and writing workshops on Zoom and in person. Calyx chose a poem of hers as the first prize winner for their Lois Cranston Memorial Prize. She completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Pacific University in 2022. Her elaborate website is: https://sarahbsullivan.com/

Sarah's reading will be followed by an open mic.

10/19/2023

Our 2023 tour season is coming to an end. There are only two more weeks until we close for the season at the end of October.

Make a tour reservation at https://www.whittierbirthplace.org/tours

10/05/2023

Deadline October 6th — Only a few more days to apply to be Amesbury's next Poet Laureate!

This two-year appointment provides one local poet and writer the opportunity to share their work and passion with the Amesbury community. Selection is based upon body of work, the ability to engage a diverse range of community members, and creative proposals to promote poetry in Amesbury and beyond.

The ACC would like to thank Amesbury Poet Laureate - Ellie O'Leary for her years of service to our creative community! Ellie's appointment will end in January 2024, at which point the new Poet Laureate will be appointed.

If you or someone you know might be interested, you can find all the application details here: https://www.amesburyculturalcouncil.org/poet-laureate-application

09/26/2023

Wednesday, at 5 pm at the Whittier Home in Amesbury. Might be a bit of a chill in the air, wear a sweater, if needed.

Join us for our last garden poetry reading!
09/25/2023

Join us for our last garden poetry reading!

Wednesday, at 5 pm at the Whittier Home in Amesbury. Might be a bit of a chill in the air, wear a sweater, if needed.

The Merrimac Cable TV interviewed Shawn and Suzanne Cote, who mange the Merrimac Hat Museum located at the Whittier Home...
09/08/2023

The Merrimac Cable TV interviewed Shawn and Suzanne Cote, who mange the Merrimac Hat Museum located at the Whittier Home. It's a very fun and informative video. You can visit the Hat Museum every Saturday from 11am-4pm through October at the Whittier Home or by special appointment.

Merrimac Hat Museum

09/08/2023

Our September poetry reading at the Whittier Home on the 27th.

08/27/2023

Homeschooling families are invited to a program on the legacy of John Greenleaf Whittier on Thursday, September 14th at 10am.

Theme: The Barefoot Boy

Together we will read Whittier’s poem, “The Barefoot Boy,” taking note of all the plants and animals mentioned in the poem. Then participants will get to explore the grounds of the Whittier Birthplace, writing or drawing in a journal all that they experience with their 5 senses. Going barefoot for at least part of this activity is encouraged! Finally, we will regroup to compare and contrast this morning’s experiences with those of The Barefoot Boy in 1855.

Skills practiced in this program: reading, writing, observation, the 5 senses, compare & contrast.

To sign up, email [email protected], at least one week prior to the program. Please include the ages and first names of participating kids as well as any relevant allergies or other special considerations we should know in advance.

Suggested ages: 6-12

Suggested donation: $10

Please join us on Saturday for this great event!
08/25/2023

Please join us on Saturday for this great event!

Newburyport artist Susan Kapuscinski Ga***rd celebrates Offerings, her new book of quotes in calligraphy, with a launch event in the garden of the John Greenleaf Whittier Home and Museum in Amesbury on Saturday, August 26 at 4 P.M. There will be a mini exhibit of the images from the book, a short talk, a chance to purchase books and get personalized calligraphy bookmarks lettered as you watch, and refreshments.

The 24 quotes, ranging from the 4th-century-BCE Lao Tzu to our own John Greenleaf Whittier to the cult film, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, were chosen to lift our spirits and remind us of a larger and deeper world waiting to show us its wonder, caress and comfort us, and lead us to peace and joy. The sparkling lettering was done with metallic watercolor paints on dark paper and photographed held in my hands by Kevin Harkins.

Susan has been active in the arts community since moving to Newburyport in 1985. Her involvement in the arts includes roles as artist, teacher, speaker, writer, designer, and publisher. She works in multiple media with a focus on calligraphy and sculptural bookmaking. Her work has been featured in magazines and books and exhibited across the U.S. and Canada and in South Korea.

The event is free to the public and will be held rain or shine. It will move indoors if necessary. The entrance to the garden is on Picard Street.

Join us tomorrow at the Whittier Home.
08/22/2023

Join us tomorrow at the Whittier Home.

Join fellow poetry lovers for an evening of poetry in the garden, featuring poets Paulette Turco & Ann McCrea.

Amesbury Monthly Poetry Reading
Wed., August 23, 6:30pm
Whittier Home, 86 Friend St.

Paulette Demers Turco's recently released book Shimmer (Kelsay Books, 2023) is an ekphrastic collection of her art and poetry. A Powow River Poet since 2018, she is editor of The Powow River Poets Anthology II (Able Muse Press, 2021) and a co-organizer and host of Powow Poetry readings.

Ann McCrea, a Newburyport resident for 43 years, has recently published Haiku Through the Seasons. Her poetry has appeared in “The Ibbetson Press”, “Merrimac Mic Anthology”, and “The Aurorean”. She reads at open mics in NH and MA, was the featured poet at Amesbury Public Library and at The Joppa Flats Audubon Center.

The reading will be followed by an open mic.
http://www.ellieoleary.com/upcoming-events/2023/8/23/amesbury-monthly-poetry-reading

Monthly Poetry reading in the garden of the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum
08/19/2023

Monthly Poetry reading in the garden of the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum

Join fellow poetry lovers for an evening of poetry in the garden, featuring poets Paulette Turco & Ann McCrea.

Amesbury Monthly Poetry Reading
Wed., August 23, 6:30pm
Whittier Home, 86 Friend St.

Paulette Demers Turco's recently released book Shimmer (Kelsay Books, 2023) is an ekphrastic collection of her art and poetry. A Powow River Poet since 2018, she is editor of The Powow River Poets Anthology II (Able Muse Press, 2021) and a co-organizer and host of Powow Poetry readings.

Ann McCrea, a Newburyport resident for 43 years, has recently published Haiku Through the Seasons. Her poetry has appeared in “The Ibbetson Press”, “Merrimac Mic Anthology”, and “The Aurorean”. She reads at open mics in NH and MA, was the featured poet at Amesbury Public Library and at The Joppa Flats Audubon Center.

The reading will be followed by an open mic.
http://www.ellieoleary.com/upcoming-events/2023/8/23/amesbury-monthly-poetry-reading

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