As part of this year’s “Ipswich is First…Period” celebrations, the Ipswich Historical Commission will present a a talk by Robert Tarule, “The Artisans of Ipswich: The Men Who Made our Town.”


Robert Tarule’s book, The Artisan of Ipswich: Craftsmanship and Community in Colonial New England is the only book-length study of Thomas Dennis, the most famous of early Ipswich craftsmen. It is a lively and engaging account of how Dennis made a 17th-century chest, and how he and other woodworkers shaped the town we live in today. Robert Tarule’s talk will draw upon research that he did for the book but that was not included in it, as well as his current work and experience.

Date: Sunday, November 19, 5:00 pm.

Venue: First Church Meeting House, Meeting House Green, Ipswich MA

3 thoughts on “Sunday Nov. 19: “The Artisans of Ipswich” a talk by Robert Tarule

  1. Could anyone have knowledge ot the 1940’s move of The John Shatswell Cottage from it’s original location 88-92 High Street to Jerffrey’s Neck Rd. John Shatswell is my 10th great grandfather. A couple of weeks ago, I was allowed to photograph the cottage along with three generations of this branch.

    Thank you,

    Barry F. Gougeon 1037 mammoth Rd.
    Dracut, Ma. 10826-3117

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