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The Mills of Newburyport: The Dream That Ran Out of Steam

The Mills of Newburyport: The Dream That Ran Out of Steam

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Custom House Maritime Museum

25 Water Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

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“The Mills of Newburyport: The Dream That Ran Out of Steam” is the keynote illustrated lecture that begins Preservation Week.

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Preservation Week is NPT’s annual public celebration of the city’s architectural history and cultural heritage resumes after a two-year pandemic time-out. The opening illustrated lecture, “The Mills of Newburyport: The Dream That Ran Out of Steam,” turns the spotlight on the city’s industrial history, from the mid-19th-century hopes of textile mill profits, through a century of economic and technological change, to the more recent adaptation of the city’s old mill buildings for new uses. The lecture “connects the dots” of the city’s industrial history and provides the context for Saturday’s two guided walking tours and many self-guided explorations.

The keynote presenter is historian and museum professional Reg W. Bacon, who in his early career as a journalist covered the 1960s decline of inner-city industry in Rust Belt cities. More recently he is the author of The HABS and the HABs Nots: Documenting the Architecture of Newburyport in the Historic American Buildings Survey; and the book on research methodology used at more than 50 colleges worldwide, The Micro-Historian’s Guide to Research, Evidence, & Conclusions.

The Friday event, comprised of the reception (7:00 p.m.) and illustrated lecture (7:30 p.m.), is free to the public. Advance registration is required. Seating capacity is limited. Preservation Week 2022 is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 20-22. See the full schedule at https://nbptpreservationtrust.org/

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