Museum of Old Newbury

Museum of Old Newbury Founded in 1877, the Museum of Old Newbury inspires the imagination and promotes excellence in history, fine and decorative arts, architecture, and historic preservation to advocate life-long learning and the entrepreneurial spirit.
(7)

Originally founded as the “Antiquarian and Historical Society of Old Newbury”, the Museum of Old Newbury was organized in 1877. Over the past 140 years, the museum has dedicated itself to preserving and celebrating the stories of generations of local people. Today, we continue striving to connect our community with its shared past and to inspire its future. We offer public programming for all ages, changing exhibitions, school collaborations, special events, access to archival resources, and more!

Originally founded as the “Antiquarian and Historical Society of Old Newbury”, the Museum of Old Newbury was organized in 1877. Over the past 140 years, the museum has dedicated itself to preserving and celebrating the stories of generations of local people. Today, we continue striving to connect our community with its shared past and to inspire its future. We offer public programming for all ages, changing exhibitions, school collaborations, special events, access to archival resources, and more!

Mission: The Historical Society of Old Newbury preserves and interprets the history of “Old Newbury” -which includes Newbury, Newburyport, and West Newbury- from pre-Columbian times to the present. The Society carries out its mission in part through the ownership and operation of the Cushing House Museum, the Perkins Engraving Plant, and other historic structures on the Cushing House grounds. The Society furthers its purpose through lectures, exhibitions, educational programs, school tours, publications, a research library, and cooperation with area groups interested in local history. The Historical Society of Old Newbury seeks to share historical information to broaden knowledge and appreciation of the past, address historic preservation in the present, and provide a foundation for the future.

Operating as usual

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1879, the statue of George Washington located at the eastern e...
02/22/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1879, the statue of George Washington located at the eastern end of the Mall, was presented to the city by Newburyport native Daniel I. Tenney, Esq., of New York City. Because of the severe winter conditions that day, the elaborate ceremonies took place at City Hall. However, following the ceremonies, city officials and many others braved the weather and made their way to the Mall, where a brief unveiling of the statue took place. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sundays: Cushing Bachman House, 63 High Street, Newburyport, Mass. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old N...
02/21/2021

Sepia Sundays: Cushing Bachman House, 63 High Street, Newburyport, Mass. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Historian Coffin reports that on February 20, 1705, Massachusetts Colo...
02/20/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Historian Coffin reports that on February 20, 1705, Massachusetts Colonial Governor Joseph Dudley wrote to Colonel Nathaniel Saltonstall telling him to direct his “snow-shoe men” from Newbury and Andover to be ready "at a moment’s warning 'til the weather breaks, then we may be quiet a while.” Dudley was responsible for fortification of the Massachusetts and New Hampshire frontiers during Queen Anne's War. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

02/19/2021
Yeat Yeat, Don't Tell Me! S2E20

Too bogged down with shoveling and missed the show? Watch today’s “Yeat Yeat, Don’t Tell Me!” here: https://vimeo.com/514401861 —with Jack Santos and Colleen Turner Secino

Newburyport's fastest history trivia game with Jack Santos, Custom House Maritime Museum, and Colleen Turner Secino, Museum of Old Newbury, brings history alive…

Postcards from the MOON. Dr. Peter Toppan House, Built 1697, Newburyport, Mass. (These historic 20th century postcards a...
02/19/2021

Postcards from the MOON. Dr. Peter Toppan House, Built 1697, Newburyport, Mass. (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colonial Revival period. Though nostalgic, their titles may not reflect current research.) From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1805, this paper reported the coronation of Napoleon two weeks...
02/19/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1805, this paper reported the coronation of Napoleon two weeks earlier in France, as well as the opening of Senate impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase. Chase's actions on the court had been accused of demonstrating bias, and Thomas Jefferson believed that Chase should be removed from office. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On February 18, 1847, Henry Kinsman, chair, and a committee of 15 were appoin...
02/18/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On February 18, 1847, Henry Kinsman, chair, and a committee of 15 were appointed to collect funds to aid millions of Irish famine victims. Micajah Lunt, treasurer, with John Wood and William Ashby, received donations of food or clothing. A Ladies Committee solicited donations at almost every house. The result: $2,002.07 from the committee. The ladies collected $500-600 and ten cases of clothing. Funds were spent on corn, and, with the clothing, were shipped from Boston to the Friends Irish Relief Association of Dublin. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1906, this advice appeared in a column entitled A Timely Opini...
02/17/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1906, this advice appeared in a column entitled A Timely Opinion, What College Men Should Do. “Make men stand on their merits. Politics should be conducted openly. Leaders should be chosen for their statesmanlike qualities, for their standards of honor, for their courage and not for their skill in pulling wires.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Images of the beautiful home of the Museum of Old Newbury.  The Cushing House, 98 High Street, Newburyport, MA
02/17/2021

Images of the beautiful home of the Museum of Old Newbury. The Cushing House, 98 High Street, Newburyport, MA

Ordinarily seen in the &Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1928, Economy Fish Market, 28 State Street, where Salt...
02/16/2021

Ordinarily seen in the &Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1928, Economy Fish Market, 28 State Street, where Salt Cellar is now located, had plenty of Lenten suggestions for fresh, smoked, salt and pickled fish. Fancy Bloaters were six for 25¢, heavy smoked halibut for 49¢/pound, salt cod bits 2lbs for 25¢, and a basket of steamer clams for 35¢. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1916, an upcoming Firemen’s Fair was heralded. A Baby Show wou...
02/15/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1916, an upcoming Firemen’s Fair was heralded. A Baby Show would be new to the festivities. Silver cups would be awarded to the prettiest boy and girl under 1, the youngest baby, the fattest baby, the baby coming the longest distance (presumably not alone) and two cups for the prettiest twins. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sundays: Courthouse at Bartlet Mall, street sprinkler about to fill up. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of ...
02/14/2021

Sepia Sundays: Courthouse at Bartlet Mall, street sprinkler about to fill up. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Newburyport’s shoe industry was in its prime from the late 1800s to ea...
02/13/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: Newburyport’s shoe industry was in its prime from the late 1800s to early 1900s. In 1890, Walter Leavitt, the young son of John Leavitt, fell into a heeling machine, mangling his right ankle. Walter had removed a board covering the gears, lost his balance and fell into the gears. Coworkers were able to disengage his leg and staunch the bleeding. He was taken to Anna Jacques where at 11 AM, doctors thought they might be able to save the leg. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Postcards from the MOON. Newbury, Mass., Ancient Milestone. (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colonial...
02/12/2021

Postcards from the MOON. Newbury, Mass., Ancient Milestone. (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colonial Revival period. Though nostalgic, their titles may not reflect current research.) From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Newburyport High schoolers observed the 100th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’...
02/12/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Newburyport High schoolers observed the 100th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth in a “fitting manner,” with remarks by Principal Andrews, Rev. H.C. Hovey and Robert E. Burke, Esq. A number of other luminaries shared the stage. Peter Dugan recited the Gettysburg Address and the chorus sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Newburyport’s John “Jack” Ryan, considered one of the foremost "milers" in Am...
02/11/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Newburyport’s John “Jack” Ryan, considered one of the foremost "milers" in America of his time, was born this day in 1893. His family lived at 145 State Street. He attended Newburyport High school where he ran track, graduating in 1914. He died in 1918, during the influenza epidemic. NHS awards a cup in Jack’s name each year for the best student athlete. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Good news for stylish women was front page news on this day in 1915. The stat...
02/10/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Good news for stylish women was front page news on this day in 1915. The state’s Public Services Commission had placed a ban on high steps for street railway cars. All future street cars were to have steps closer to the ground. It was heralded as good news for dressmakers who could continue to cut narrow skirts for women. A petition for lower steps filed with the Massachusetts legislature, was withdrawn. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1943, this paper’s front page listed the names of 39 me...
02/09/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1943, this paper’s front page listed the names of 39 members of the high school’s senior class who were granted special permission by the School Committee to leave school to accept jobs or to enter the machine shop training course. Two more students, both girls, were continuing their studies while enrolled in the machine shop course. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: John Quincy Adams’s diary reported that on this day in 1788, "a number of ver...
02/08/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: John Quincy Adams’s diary reported that on this day in 1788, "a number of very respectable citizens and a number who were not very respectable" went out on horseback to meet the members of the state convention and escort them to town. Church bells rang in an expression of joy throughout the day until 8:00 pm that night. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sundays: Gateway, at the entrance to Oak Hill Cemetery. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #Ne...
02/07/2021

Sepia Sundays: Gateway, at the entrance to Oak Hill Cemetery. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On February 6, 1742, the Marriage Banns of Matthew Lunt and Jane Moody...
02/06/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On February 6, 1742, the Marriage Banns of Matthew Lunt and Jane Moody were published. Matthew was the great grandson of Henry Lunt, Sr., who settled in Newbury in 1635. Of their many children, Ezra (1743) became a captain in the Revolutionary Army and Daniel (1745) was captured in the privateer brig Dalton. He escaped from the notorious Mill prison in Plymouth, England, before 1779. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1844, the first sessions of the Newburyport Female High School...
02/05/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1844, the first sessions of the Newburyport Female High School were held in the newly constructed building at the corner of Court and Union, now Washington, Streets. Principal Eben Stearns and assistants Miss S.A. Sweet and Miss S.A. Green, had organized the school in an engine house on Pleasant St. the previous December. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Postcards from the MOON. Byfield, Mass., Oldest Snuff Mill in the U.S. (These historic 20th century postcards are from t...
02/04/2021

Postcards from the MOON. Byfield, Mass., Oldest Snuff Mill in the U.S. (These historic 20th century postcards are from the Colonial Revival period. Though nostalgic, their titles may not reflect current research.) From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1836, Newburyport inhabitants voted to approve petitions of Ge...
02/04/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1836, Newburyport inhabitants voted to approve petitions of George Peabody and T.H. Perkins and their syndicates for the right to build a railroad through the town across the Pond to Greenleaf’s field, then across the field to Union, Titcomb, Market, Summer and Merrimack Streets, then over the bridge. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this date in 1772, a committee was appointed to raise money by subscriptio...
02/03/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: On this date in 1772, a committee was appointed to raise money by subscription to buy a bell for the meeting house of the Third Religious Society in Newburyport, and “send to England for one as soon as may be agreeable to said subscription.” #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Cushing House looking down Fruit Street from Hight Street, Newburyp...
02/02/2021

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Cushing House looking down Fruit Street from Hight Street, Newburyport, Mass., circa 1880. From the collections for the Museum of Old Newbury. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1944, this paper reported that Newbury’s Girl Scouts we...
02/02/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: On this day in 1944, this paper reported that Newbury’s Girl Scouts went house to house raising $65 to help stamp out infantile paralysis (polio). City Clerk and drive chairman William Kelly said “Wishing Well” donation boxes were located in area businesses to attract visitors’ dollars. Both the Strand and Premier theaters took up collections after a cinematic appeal from actress Greer Garson. It wasn’t until 1954 that the first polio vaccine shots were given in Pittsburgh. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Puzzle Me This... Memories and mementos. Select treasures from Caleb Cushing's memento mori for his beloved wife Carolin...
02/01/2021
Caroline Cushing Treasures - jigsaw puzzle (120 pieces)

Puzzle Me This... Memories and mementos. Select treasures from Caleb Cushing's memento mori for his beloved wife Caroline Elizabeth Wilde Cushing (1802-1832). Items featured include her calling card, hand-colored playing cards, a miniature portrait on ivory (featuring a dramatic tortoise shell hair comb) and the certificate of marriage. From the collections of the Museum of Old Newbury.

https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=08af3ce27f2b

Free online jigsaw puzzle game

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Bigger News. On this day in 1775, the editor of this paper informed readers t...
02/01/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Bigger News. On this day in 1775, the editor of this paper informed readers that it was enlarging its paper to include news from Portsmouth, Salem, Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, South Carolina and Quebec, as well as local news, “at a very cheap price. Nine shillings, including postage for a year or six shillings eight pence without." Ezra Lunt headed to Boston on Tuesdays to bring back news the following day. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Sepia Sundays: Winter scene of 348 High Street, Newburyport, Mass. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury...
01/31/2021

Sepia Sundays: Winter scene of 348 High Street, Newburyport, Mass. From the Snow Photo Collection, Museum of Old Newbury. #NewburyHistory #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: In 1801, one couldn’t pull out a cell phone to show pictures of loved ...
01/30/2021

Ordinarily seen in the Daily News of Newburyport: In 1801, one couldn’t pull out a cell phone to show pictures of loved ones to others. But with the help of Newburyport resident and miniature painter Mr. Roberts, one could keep a portrait in one's pocket. But not for long. On this day, he announced his imminent departure from the city. To catch him before he left, he could be found lodging at Mr. Richardson’s on Water Street. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Town records reveal that on January 29, 1707, the town voted to build a “gaol...
01/29/2021

Seen in today’s Daily News of Newburyport: Town records reveal that on January 29, 1707, the town voted to build a “gaole” or prison in Newbury for the “restraining of much vice and keeping up of the order of government,” but only if the county paid one half of the cost. #HistoryHappenings #MuseumOfOldNewbury NewburyHistory.org

Museum of Old Newbury's cover photo
01/28/2021

Museum of Old Newbury's cover photo

Address

98 High St
Newburyport, MA
01950

General information

The society is located at 98 High Street on the corner of High and Fruit Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(978) 462-2681

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Museum of Old Newbury posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Museum of Old Newbury:

Nearby museums


Comments

The Topper!
This deed was from Moses Wheeler to Jane Wheeler, and is dated June 20, 1781. It was recorded on June 11, Book 140, Leaf 279, by John Pickering, Register of Deeds. I looked it up, and the deed is there. The deed includes several parcels in Rowley and Newbury. One parcel is along Falls Brook, and mentions boundaries with Thirla Mills (never saw it with an I before), Simon Thirla, and Jeremiah Pearson.
I have a question about Matilda Winchell Loring Cushing. She was the wife of James Gilchrist Swan. He left her with two children and headed to the California Goldfields in 1849, and as far as I can tell, did not return. She died in 1863. I found information about her children. Can you provide more information for me? Thank you in advance.
Found this slide in my collection from Marblehead. A fireman's muster parade in Marblehead. Undated (1940's?)
Frame made of a piece of the wedding dress of Mary Beck wife of Nathaniel Carter married Sept. 21st 1742. Posted by Wally Farrington, Hidden Away Antiques, [email protected]
Join us on August 17th at the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport for a wonderful discussion on weatherizing your windows!
I just finished a short history of the shoe industry in Newburyport. Hope you might enjoy. Still doing research.
Another view of the Chinook skirt created from the golden inner bark of the Western cedar, waist detail . . .
While William Henry Cushing, the Harvard educated son of the brig's owner, was on board the Chenamus as a passenger, he kept a detailed journal of activities on shipboard and ashore in Oregon Country in 1843. When William Cushing toured the countryside during his stay of more than a year on the river, Cushing went on a round of tea parties, dinners, and botanical specimen-collecting trips. He visited the various settlements, including the Falls, which would become Oregon City, and Champoeg. The Chenamus frequently dropped anchor at William Johnson’s farm which would become part of the fledgling Portland. Cushing had several meals at William Johnson’s home, prepared by his Indian wife Polly. He traveled to the Tualatin Plains and stayed overnight with Joe Meek’s family. Cushing observed a minor eruption of Mount St. Helens, commented on the fires, and sometimes supervised the assembling of an export cargo of wheat, salted fish, lumber, and beef. He occasionally met Indians, mostly native women married to white traders, or former trappers, native seafarers in their canoes or serving as pilots, but most of Cushing's extensive dealings were with the permanent white population. Cushing's journal is now at the Beinecke Library at Yale. Somehow Cushing obtained a Chinook skirt. At the suggestion of Randall Trowbridge, I contacted to the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport, Ma. for a photo. They were very helpful and here it is . . . travel back to 1843. Note the detailed handwork. I wonder about the girl who traded her skirt, and for what? This skirt was created from the golden inner bark of the Western Red Cedar tree. The bark is collected in long strips pulled from a small portion up the side of the tree. This causes no damaged to the tree. Once collected it is divided into smaller, narrower strips that can be braided and woven. Her work is truly amazing. The cedar bark skirt would shed rain. The Chinook also made capes and hats to shed the rain. Photos: Full Skirt, Waist Detail, and Knot Detail, taken by Kevin MacDonald, Curator, Custom House Maritime Museum; thanks too to Emily Shafer, Assistant Director of the Museum of Old Newbury.
SRO on tonites talk about Maudsleigh