The “If This House Could Talk” FAQ

Everything you ever wanted to know about “If This House Could Talk” – but were afraid to ask. The Ten Point FAQ: What is it? A grass roots event where Newburyport residents put up a poster about their home, or their occupants (past or present).  Keep it visible during the week of Yankee Homecoming. How…

Got Class? Time to Signup!

One of the great things about the annual “If This House Could Talk” event is that volunteers come together to help homeowners research their homes at the Newburyport Library Archival Center, and The Preservation Trust sponsors “do it yourself research” online classes, run by Barb Bailey. It’s our version of “Hybrid” – in person at…

First Time? Here’s Three Easy Steps

“If This House Could Talk” is going on 6 years, and every year sees new homes with new signs, signs we’ve seen before, and repeat homes with different signs. And every year we get asked “What’s this all about? How can I participate? How can I come up with a story?” So let’s answer those…

Neighborhoods, Start Your Posters!

Well, Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021. While we didn’t miss a beat for the “If This House Could Talk” event in 2020, and planning for 2021 is already ahead of us: we’re doing it again! So dust off that old poster, start planning a new one, or even begin researching your home to create a poster…

And so year 5 ends, Pandemically Yours…

Wow. What a year. What signs! What a community! Like every year, it really never ends. The spirit of “If This House Could Talk” goes on. Some folks leave their signs up for a few more days, some for a few more weeks. It’s all up to you. There were lots of new signs, lots…

My South End Favs

Just took a quick bike around to some, but not all, of the south end signs. WOW! There’s less this year (after all – no tourists!) but some of the new ones are amazing! I have to start with Christopher Welch’s on Federal Steet – with a detailed description of the house, gardens, barn, etc….

Signs Signs everywhere a sign!

Just a few short days until the start on Sunday. It’s a quieter year without the major Yankee Homecoming activities, but still a year to walk-about and talk about all the signs! Some folks are so anxious they are putting theirs up a day early on Saturday! Here are some good things to know that…

What are you waiting for?

Why are you still procrastinating? You know you plan to hang a poster for If This House Could Talk but haven’t registered your house. Well, you are running out of time! ITHCT begins THIS Sunday! Register your house here so your address will show up on the walking map. We are printing the map later…

One Month Away!

The map is growing! The city is reopened! And the excitement is building for “If This House Could Talk”. Mary Jacobsen invited us this past week to join her on “The Morning Show” on PortMedia. Lots of good info discussed there, and if you haven’t heard Mary’s show – you should! If you missed the…

ITHCT on Local Pulse

Still unclear about this community event called If This House Could Talk? Learn more from Jack and me as we are interviewed by Joe DiBiase of Local Pulse Radio– Show 309. If you missed the first “House Research 101” session on June 15, there are still two more opportunities to attend–July 1 and July 12….