Along the Ipswich River, Tuesday July 18, 2017 at the Ipswich Public Library

Town Historian Gordon Harris will present a slideshow of 19th and early 20th Century photos of the Ipswich River by George Dexter, Edward Darling and Arthur Wesley Dow. The slideshow will take about 45 minutes, and then we'll take a short walk along the river to see those places today. Many of the photos are … Continue reading Along the Ipswich River, Tuesday July 18, 2017 at the Ipswich Public Library

Willowdale Mansion Tour

Willowdale Estate, Bradley Palmer State Park Monday June 26, 2017, 10:00-11:00am Meet a Park Interpreter in the Willowdale Estate parking lot at 24 Asbury Street, Topsfield, MA 01983 for a FREE tour. Here’s your chance to go inside Bradley W. Palmer’s “Willow Dale” mansion for a unique guided tour. Now a venue for events and weddings (willowdaleestate.com), … Continue reading Willowdale Mansion Tour

Historic Ipswich slideshow, Saturday May 20, Ipswich Public Library

I've put together a collection of historic photos of Ipswich for a slide show program this Saturday May 20, 2017, 1 PM in the Collins Room at the Ipswich Public Library. The theme is how the town center changed over the years. The photographs start at the South Green, head up North Main and Meeting House … Continue reading Historic Ipswich slideshow, Saturday May 20, Ipswich Public Library

The Essex Convention

The Ipswich Convention and the Essex Result

Delegates met in Ipswich in 1774 and 1778 to deliberate a Constitution for Massachusetts. Their "Exceptions" were published in the 60-page "Essex Result," and included an ominous warning to future generations: In 1774, in retaliation for the Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773, General Gage was sent to Boston with troops, and assumed the governorship. The colony’s … Continue reading The Ipswich Convention and the Essex Result

Townshent acts tea tax

The “Detested Tea”

From Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, by Thomas Franklin Waters In 1767, the Townshend Acts were passed, one of which provided for a tax on wine, glass, tea, gloves, etc, imported into the Province. During the winter, the General Court issued a Circular Letter, which was sent to the other Assemblies, notifying them of the measure … Continue reading The “Detested Tea”

Lynn shoe workers strike 1860

Lynn Shoeworkers Strike, Feb. 22, 1860

Mass Moments On February 22,  1860, thousands of striking shoeworkers filled Lyceum Hall in Lynn. By choosing to begin their protest on Washington's birthday, the strikers were invoking the memory of their revolutionary forefathers. Lynn had been a shoemaking town since the early 1800s. Hard times had now caused management to cut wages and speed … Continue reading Lynn Shoeworkers Strike, Feb. 22, 1860