William Franklin of Newbury, hanged for the death of an indentured child in 1644

Children in the 17th and 18th Century New England colonies generally arrived with their families, but hundreds of English children were taken from the streets and unwillingly taken without their parents to be indentured as servants. Although the practice was more common in the Southern colonies, Joshua Coffin in his History of Newbury shared a … Continue reading William Franklin of Newbury, hanged for the death of an indentured child in 1644

March for our Lives, Ipswich

After a gunman killed 14 students and three staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018, survivors of the shooting have mobilized to launch the #NeverAgain movement, and the March for Our Lives, a nationwide protest on March 24 to protest gun violence. A large crowd participated in the event at the Ipswich … Continue reading March for our Lives, Ipswich

Immigration Stories, Wednesday February 21, 2018 at the Ipswich Museum

The Ipswich Museum winter / spring exhibition, Immigration Stories of Ipswich, opens on Wednesday, February 21st at the Heard House on S. Main Street. After the opening day, it will be open on Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm through the end of April.

First Peoples of the Ipswich River Watershed, January 27, 2018

  Mary Ellen Lepionkas will give two presentations in January, 2018 at Ascension Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich: "First Peoples of the Ipswich River Watershed," Saturday, January 13, 2018: 4 pm "Algonquians on the Ipswich River," Saturday, January 27, 4 pm Mary Ellen Lepionka is a publisher, author, editor, textbook developer, and college instructor with a … Continue reading First Peoples of the Ipswich River Watershed, January 27, 2018

Properly Seated

February 17, Wednesday Evening Lecture, 7:30pm Properly Seated: Two Centuries of Chairs in the Ipswich Museum From the Whipples to the Heards, from the Pilgrim settlement to industrial America, chairs trace the history of domestic life in Ipswich and New England. Drawing upon examples in the Ipswich Museum's exhibit, John Fiske traces the domestic history … Continue reading Properly Seated

No matter how you roll the dice, it’s still a lot of Clams!

No matter where you turn today, talk of the Powerball lottery seems to dominate the news. The telly and internet are replete with stories of long lines at lottery machines, quick-pick craziness, and the ever-increasing payout.  And with a projected jackpot of over $800 million and rising, why not? We get this way every few … Continue reading No matter how you roll the dice, it’s still a lot of Clams!

Strandbeests at Crane Beach

Strandbeest Invasion

The Strandbeests came to Crane Beach this morning, but the bigger news was the largest invasion of people the town of Ipswich has experienced in recent memory. Even though it was cool and cloudy, Deb and I anticipated a traffic backup on Argilla Road, so we took our bicycles. Finally, the Strandbeests were able to move a short … Continue reading Strandbeest Invasion