ANNUAL HOUSE TOUR TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE! Our 30th Annual House Tour takes place on Sunday, June 3rd. Tickets purchased in advance (before 5 PM on Friday, June 1), are available at a discount; you may buy your tickets online or by calling 617-796-1450. Tickets are $20 for Historic Newton members, $30 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour at the Jackson Homestead. Tickets purchased on June 3 will cost $25 for Historic Newton members and $35 for non-members. To volunteer to help with the tour, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a volunteer, you will receive a complimentary ticket (a $30 value). We ask you to work only 2.5 hours during the tour, assuring that you have time to use your ticket. You can buy House Tour tickets at: http://apps.newtonma.gov/jackson/calendar/house-tour_list_2012.asp And, becoming a sponsor of our House Tour is a great way to increase visibility for your business. Visit here for more information about sponsorship: http://apps.newtonma.gov/jackson/calendar/house-tour_sponsorship_2012.asp
Sunday, April 29, Noon – 4 PM – NEWTON SERVES – BURYING GROUNDS CLEAN-UP
Monday, April 30, 7:30 PM – ENCOUNTERING SLAVERY AND RACE IN NEW ENGLAND
Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, noon – 5 PM – NEWTON COMMUNITY WEEKEND
Thursday, May 24, 7:30 PM – HISTORY BOOK CLUB MEETING
Sunday, April 29, Noon – 4 PM
NEWTON SERVES – BURYING GROUNDS CLEAN-UP Join community members in Newton’s day of service by cleaning up Newton’s historic burying grounds. Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org to register to volunteer at either East Parish or West Parish Burying Ground.
Monday, April 30, 7:30 PM
ENCOUNTERING SLAVERY AND RACE IN NEW ENGLAND Gloria White Hammond: Enslaved Women of Sudan Sudanese slaves are mostly women and children who have been abducted violently from their homes by slave-traders. Since 2001, while working as a pediatrician and minister, Gloria White Hammond has traveled to Sudan to help liberate enslaved women and offer paths for them to resume normal lives. At the Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada Street, Newton.
Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, noon – 5 PM
NEWTON COMMUNITY WEEKEND
Newton residents are invited to enjoy free admission to the museum
Thursday, May 24, 7:30 PM
HISTORY BOOK CLUB MEETING
This month’s book selection, The Great Influenza, by award-winning historian John M. Barry (author of Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which the Book Club previously read and enjoyed) is a powerful story with multiple narrative strands that combine to describe the history of science and disease in America leading up to the deadly influenza pandemic of 1918. It explores how the impact of the disease revolutionized American science and public health, leading to crucial discoveries that we are still using and are learning from today. The Book Club is free and open to new members
NEW EXHIBITION – Confronting Our Legacy: Slavery and Antislavery in the North: This new exhibition transforms the lower gallery of the museum into a three-dimensional learning center with hands-on activities and information about colonial slavery, the Underground Railroad, and local abolitionists. It draws on fresh new research, focusing on the Jackson family that lived in the Homestead, as well as on other abolitionists from Newton or with Newton ties.
Newton and the Civil War: In celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Historic Newton will be featuring a changing exhibit showcasing Newton residents in the Civil War.
Peeking into Newton’s Toy Chest: The values and lessons toys teach us, as shown by the Historic Newton collection. Children’s attractions include hands-on toys and a model train on an elevated track.
Mapping a New Town: 1714-1874: Maps depicting Newton’s growth over the centuries are displayed; special activities for children are also featured.
Norumbega: Romance and Recreation by the River: An exhibit on Newton’s now vanished amusement park, zoo, and swing-era ballroom.
Newton Salutes! Adams Street Synagogue: Celebrating Our Centennial: The exhibit describes the history of Newton’s oldest synagogue, illustrated by period photographs.
The Newton History Gallery features tools, furniture, clothing, and toys to illustrate the Newton of the past.
The Jackson Homestead and Museum is open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays and 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM weekends. It is closed on Mondays.
If you need special assistance for any of these programs or exhibitions, please call 617.796.1450.