2018 – Houses Keep Talking!

We’re doing it again in 2018 – If This House Could Talk during Newburyports’s Yankee Homecoming. It’s simple: Get a poster, write a story on it, and post it  in front of your house the week of Yankee Homecoming.  If  you participated prior years, reuse what you have (if you saved it) – or tell…

But My House Isn’t Old Enough “To Talk”

NOT TRUE! I hear this all the time…But My House Isn’t Old Enough “To Talk” . Why should I put a sign up? Certainly, one of the side effects of “If This House Could Talk” is an appreciation for historical homes, and a catalyst for finding out about your old house, if you have one….

GUIDELINES AND INSTRUCTIONS!

Draft text of 4-5 sentences max. Tell some interesting tidbit – contemporary or historic, personal, or public –  about your building or the people inside it.   Examples:–  “In 2005, during construction, we found a shoe in the wall”, or –  “Captain Lunt lived here in 1776; he and his wife had 11 children”, or…

Why Tell Your Story?

This is a new event for Yankee Homecoming in 2016. “IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK!” It’s a family and neighborhood event during the Yankee Homecoming week (1st week of August) . Simple, easy, grass roots, and fun. Grab your kids, your spouse, your neighbor, go to the library, do an internet search, or simply discuss…

Put your house ON THE MAP!

It’s easy – just enter your address if you’ll be putting up a sign during Yankee Homecoming.  People will use this online map to tour the neighborhoods. Click here to  enter your address The map is updated immediately …

HOW TO – all you need to know

Draft text of 4-5 sentences max. Tell some interesting tidbit – contemporary or historic, personal, or public –  about your building or the people inside it.   Examples:–  “In 2005, during construction, we found a shoe in the wall”, or –  “Captain Lunt lived here in 1776; he and his wife had 11 children”, or…

House History Research Basics

Resources for your house history. If you are looking for a story about your house, here are some easy ways to find out more and research the history.  The key is getting a name/family associated with the house so that  you can personalize the home and occupants.  Here are places to start: 1)  Salem Deeds –…

How You Can Participate!

Many people are asking:  How Can I Help Make “IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK”  happen? First and foremost:  put a poster with a house story out in front of your house from July 30-August 6.!! To help make it happen we have three supporting roles: 1)  Town Criers  (4 people; 3 primary and one backup)…