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The Girls of Joppa

  • Newburyport Senior Community Center 331 High Street Newburyport, MA 01950 (map)

The "Girls of Joppa" returns by popular demand!

This oral history film produced by Port Media will be screened on Wednesday, February 17 at 1pm at Newburyport's Senior Community Center, 331 High Street.

In the film, Jean Doyle, Virginia Lowell, and Patricia Sayward share their experiences of life in Newburyport’s Joppa neighborhood.  Sayward has spent the entirety of her nearly 90 years of life in Joppa, while Doyle and Lowell spent their younger years during the 1920s and ‘30s here. 

Joppa, a close-knit community of Newburyport’s south end, has long been remembered for its hard working fishermen and the “clam shanties” where they completed their daily tasks.  The “Girls of Joppa” program will go beyond this image of Joppa, bringing the neighborhood’s most memorable characters and stories to life.  The speakers will share experiences like John F. Kennedy’s early campaign visits to Newburyport, and memories of meeting and hosting a renowned World War II codebreaker.

The experiences of Doyle, Lowell, and Sayward highlight the hospitality, generosity, and kindness of a tight community.  As described by Sayward, “we were poor in money, but rich in love, friends, and family.”  The women’s lively firsthand accounts of their beloved Joppa illustrate how a special community shaped them for years to come. 

NOTE: The date of this program has changed from February 10 to February 17.

Earlier Event: December 6
Members Holiday Party
Later Event: March 17
Dating Early Homes in Essex County