John Updike at Ipswich 17th Century Day in 1972

Tricentennial & 17th Century Day Celebrations

During the 20th Century, Ipswich celebrated its history with 17th Century Day, Olde Ipswich Days, the 300th Anniversary of the Founding of Ipswich, and the State’s Tercentenary Celebration in 1930. The following photos are from Ipswich Town Reports, the Ipswich Historical Society, Bruce Lord and the late Peter Zaharis.

Photos from 17th Century Days

Photo by Peter Zaharis
Three TExts from Early Ipswich, a Pageant by John Updike

John Updike in front of the Whipple House
17th Century Day Ipswich musicians
Barb Stratton shared this photo and identified the musicians as martha Bernhart, Vera Cobb, Mary Updike, Dr. Petranek, John Updike, Charles Cobb, and Dr. Potter.
John Updike
Dancing on Market St. during Olde Ipswich Week, 1972
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Pillow lace making was demonstrated by Sarah McManaway, Lisa and Jeremie Keyworth. at 17th Century Day. Photo courtesy of Barbara Stratton
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Coach rides for kids at 17th Century Day
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Cemonstration by “Ax Man” at 17th Century Day
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In front of the 2nd Congregational Church that faced the South Green

1934 Ipswich Tricentennial

Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Ipswich Tricentennial parade
Tricentennial parade

Massachusetts Tercentenary Celebration, 1930

Massachusetts Tercentenary celebration
Tercentenary procession to the Congregational Church
Ralph Whipple, 1930, Ipswich Tercentenary Celebration
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Massachusetts Tercentenary celebration
Puritan reenactment at Tercentenary

9 thoughts on “Tricentennial & 17th Century Day Celebrations”

  1. Fabulous pictures. So many people came out for these type of things back in those days. Everyone participated.

  2. Wonderful pictures. The severe black and white Pilgrim costumes, however, are no longer considered historically accurate. http://mayflowerhistory.com/clothing/ This link is an excellent view of the up to date research about the colorful clothing was the Pilgrims and other early 17th c colonists, such as early Ipswich residents, actually wore.

  3. My sister and I are in the second photo down. Our Dad was the photographer who took the photo. 1964 I believe.

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