The Mystery of History:
Researching and Documenting Your Old House
What: One-day seminar featuring expert advice for homeowners interested in learning about the history of their old houses.
When: Saturday, January 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Joppa Flats Education Center
1 Plum Island Turnpike
Information: Have you ever wondered who lived in your house before you and what their families and occupations were? Join the Newburyport Preservation Trust and staff from Historic New England for The Mystery of History: Researching and Documenting Your Old House.
New England’s rich history is contained in the walls and dooryards of houses we still live in, and researching your house is a wonderful way to understand the past.
Mystery of History participants learn from expert researchers how to do deed research; measure, draw, and photograph historic buildings; do architectural investigation; and find archeological artifacts that impact the building’s history.
View examples of research documents and archeological findings from private homes in Newburyport. The pen and pencil drawings on display are of special interest because oversized hand-drawn perspectives have become a lost art, as computers and other technological innovations have supplanted the drafting pencil in most architects’ offices.
Skip and Marge Motes of the Newburyport Preservation Trust will discuss their extensive deed research of the South waterfront in Newburyport. Linda Miller of the Trust shows how to measure, draw, and photograph old buildings, while Joe Cornish and Caitlin Corkins of Historic New England discuss the ways and means of architectural investigation and historic archeology.
Call 978-462-9079 to reserve your spot. Admission is $20 for members of The Newburyport Preservation Trust or Historic New England, $25 for non-members. Box lunch is available for $10 and must be requested in advance.
– The Mystery of History: Researching and Documenting Your Old House
January 11, 2012 by David Brussat