The Ipswich Museum was founded in 1890 as the Ipswich Historical Society. The museum features two significant properties: the 1677 Whipple House and the 1800 Heard House, which serves as its headquarters
Wednesday Evening Lectures are held at 7:30 pm in the Appleton Room of Ipswich Museum’s Heard House, 54 South main Street, Ipswich MA.
Charge: Ipswich Museum members: free; non-members: $10.
January 18 – Jordan Marsh: Victorian Boston’s Department Store
Anthony Sammarco is a noted historian and author of seventy books on the history and development of his native Boston. His latest book is well illustrated and talks about the department store Jordon Marsh, well known for its Enchanted Village and famous blueberry muffins. Speaker: Anthony Sammarco resides in Boston and Osterville on Cape Cod. His best-seller-listed books include: Lost Boston, The History of Howard Johnson ‘s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became a Roadside Icon and The Baker Chocolate Company: A Sweet History.
February 15: The History of the Railroad in Ipswich
This interactive exhibit will feature Ipswich railroad history with concentration on the local industries that were serviced by rail with goods shipped to and from town. There will be model replicas of buildings such as Tedford’s, Dustbane and others. President Teddy Roosevelt stopped in Ipswich by train on his way to Maine. Speaker: Allen MacMillan, a retired railroad engineer, will take us on a sentimental journey, when trains were the main mode of transportation in town.
March 15: Renaissance of railroads
A perspective on the last several decades of the industry Speaker: Darius Gaskins was President of Burlington Northern Railroad, Chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission, West Point graduate, Phd. University of Michigan in Economics, and is now a private consultant.
April 19: Women Power in the 19th Century
Robert Booth will be speaking on women’s history in Ipswich and Marblehead, based on his research into the ways in which local women broke the cycle of oppression and ignorance in which they began the 19th century. Booth recently published his feminist history of Marblehead, The Women of Marblehead, and will be applying some of his findings to the role of women in Ipswich at the same time.His presentation includes a slide show of people and places involved in the transition of the town cultures and economies as women asserted themselves and brought about a new basis for local society. In addition to disruption and change from inside the town cultures, he will touch on the anti-slavery and women’s rights movements beginning in the 1830s. His book, The Women of Marblehead, will be available for sale.
May 17: Energy Retrofits and the Older Home
One of the most challenging issues facing owners of older and historic houses is how to make these homes more energy efficient without damaging or compromising historic architecture and fabric. Learn common sense ways to make an old house more energy efficient and about recent developments in weatherization by Historic New England. Speaker: Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager, an architectural historian and formerly preservation planner at the Cambridge Historical Commission, which provides technical assistance to old house owners, including paint color selection. She is a frequent speaker on period appropriate paint colors, and on energy conservation in old houses and is a co-author of Painting Historic Exteriors: Colors, Application and Regulation.
June 14: Overview of Sumer Exhibit
Speaker: Stephanie Gaskins
July & August: No lectures
September 20: Bringing Castle Hill back to Life
As part of The Trustees celebration of its 125th anniversary, cultural resources campaign efforts were made to bring Castle Hill “Back to Life.” Join long-time Trustees curator Susan Hill Dolan for an illustrated talk about the efforts to restore both the Great House interiors and its exterior garden features, and balancing historical integrity while finding new ways to connect people to our special places. Speaker: Susan Hill Dolan, Northeast Region Cultural Resources Specialist for the Trustees of Reservations
October 18: The Great Marsh & Climate Change
Writer Doug Stewart will explore the Great Marsh’s past as valuable real estate for farming salt hay, its unique success over much of the past century in dodging the nation’s swamp-filling mania, and its uncertain future as sea-level rise accelerates. Speaker: Doug Stewart is a freelance writer in Ipswich who has written more than 60 feature articles for the Smithsonian Magazine. His stories have also appeared in Time, Art & Antiques, Muse and American Heritage.
November 15: Neighborhood Walk
Speaker: Stephanie Gaskins, Ipswich Museum’s Dow Curator, takes participants on a sentimental journey, exploring and reminiscing about a specific Ipswich neighborhood. This is a popular lecture series, with residents of a particular area sharing their perspectives.