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PRINT WITH LETTERPRESS

Come have fun with us on Saturday, September 29th. PRINT WITH LETTERPRESS at our family-friendly TRAILS & SAILS event! Cast your name in metal type and take a turn cranking a Vandercook press to make a print all your own. You'll take home a keepsake and a story to share with friends and family. And be sure to tour the Museum while you're here! The Museum of Printing is dedicated to preserving the rich history of graphic arts, printing equipment, and printing craftsmanship.

Art, Poetry and Reception

Join us for a reception, book launch and slide presentation. The Arts Institute Group of the Merrimack Valley and Grey Court Poets have collaborated to publish the book “Soulmates”. Each color page of this new book features artwork from an individual artist and a poem it inspired. See a brief slide show, meet the artists and poets, share in the reception.

The Creation of the Common and the Old Center

If you thought that the North Andover Common dates back to colonial times, you are not alone! Join us for the true story behind this iconic feature of the town's landscape, starting with our current exhibit and followed by a walking tour to explore the changes in the Old Center from 1825 until today. You will have a better appreciation for the work of the North Andover Improvement Society and other area personalities who took a dusty, forgotten crossroads village and made it a pleasant and quaint colonial revival Center.

C.W. ‘Tryout’ Smith Commemoration and Headstone Dedication

An earlier pioneer of the amateur journalism movement, Charles. W. “Tryout” Smith, is being honored in September with a ceremony capped by the placement of a headstone at his relatively obscure Haverhill gravesite. Smith began publishing the Monthly Visitor from his Haverhill home in 1888, mostly to help his brother Frank raise money after his brother became too ill to work. The Smiths turned out 118 issues, ending a decade later.

Layers of Paint, Layers of History

Christine Thomson is a local conservator whose specialty is paint analysis. This scientific technique is used in historic buildings to help with restoration work and to share better historical information with staff and visitors alike. Ms. Thomson will talk about the importance and techniques of paint analysis and share her 2016 research findings from The House of the Seven Gables. In 2018, The Gables celebrates its 350th anniversary and this talk is complementary to the exhibit These Walls Do Talk, which opens on April 6.

Rally for the Union: Lawrence in the Civil War

Come learn about Lawrence's participation in the Civil War from 1861 -1865. Lecture includes SH Needham, Baltimore Riot, local citizen soldiers involvement in Gettysburg, Antietam,Bull Run and more. Hear the stories of Civil War Navy battles, Dual of the Iron Clads at Hampton Roads. Tales of suffering in the prisons, Andersonville, Libby & Belle Island. An hour long lecture in historic City Hall with Power Point presentation, exhibit & artifacts of Lawrence's Boy's in Blue. All ages welcome, free to public

Historic Waterfront Bike Tour of Salem

EVENT FULL. Join us for a 5-mile guided bike tour along Salem’s historic waterfront. The tour will travel through the historic Derby Street neighborhood, Winter Island, the Salem Willows, as well as the South River, Point Neighborhood, and Forest River Park. Along the way, riders will learn about Salem’s rich cultural and maritime past, and how it has inspired and influenced the numerous waterfront revitalization efforts underway to ensure its bright future. Bring your own bike or use one of the Zagster bikes at the Salem Ferry.

Native American Exhibit and Sale at AnnTiques

AnnTiques presents a sale and exhibit of Native American jewelry, pottery, artifacts, weavings, and baskets. Please join us as AnnTiques welcomes you to travel through time in their eclectic curated global emporium of mid-century modern, vintage and antique furniture, lighting, jewelry, art, textiles, rugs, pottery, art glass, Native American selections, vintage music and ephemera collections. Owner Ann Orcutt is passionate about bringing you wonderful examples of items that are displayed in vignettes so that you may be able to visualize your choices in your home or office.

Decorative Painting Demonstration

Pauline's Gifts owner Pauline has been a certified decorative painter for over 30 years. Pauline hand paints many items including mailboxes, furniture, glassware and ornaments. Pauline will be doing a live painting event in her shop. You are welcome to stop in and enjoy watching as she paints a mailbox. Pauline will gladly answer any questions about her art. Pauline's is proud to be a founding partner of the NEWLY formed "Woman Owned Businesses on the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway"!

Folk Art Show Featuring Artist Johanne Cassia

Enjoy visiting Ipswich, America's first period town, to view a historic American folk art show featuring folk artist, JOHANNE CASSIA at Hall Haskell House Visitor Center Gallery! This art show is open FREE to the public. The Hall Haskell House historic site gallery is a wonderful place to view art reflecting early American history. Johanne Cassia, american folk artist, is one of a small number of artists painting in 17th and 18th century style. Johanne is an accomplished artist who creates early village scenes, maritime seascapes, and landscapes.

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