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Newburyport 101: Abolitionists & Benefactors

  • Museum of Old Newbury 98 High Street Newburyport United States (map)

Newburyport has a long history of philanthropy and community involvement.  In the mid-19th century, local residents like Richard Plumer, William Ashby, and the Butler family worked for the abolitionist cause.  Other benefactors left long-lasting legacies, like Henry B. Little who helped to establish the Anna Jaques nursing school, and Lord Timothy Dexter, who left a bequest that continues to help the less fortunate nearly 200 years after his death. 

Newburyport 101 is a series of lunchtime programs offering an overview of important topics in local history.  You are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions, taking place on the third Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00, May-November.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

Newburyport 101 is presented by local historian Ghlee Woodworth.  Woodworth is author of Tiptoe Through the Tombstones about Newburyport’s Oak Hill Cemetery, and creator of the Clipper Heritage Trail, for which she received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.