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…

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…

The thread that keeps unraveling…

and the gift that keeps on giving… This is the fifth year of “If this house could talk”, and a common question I get is, “Again? I already did a sign …. won’t people get bored if I use it again?”  or alternatively, ” I did it once, but I have no more stories…” Well, house…

House History 101 – Signup!

This year, the Newburyport Preservation Trust will be offering online workshops to help you find more stories about your house! Barb Bailey will lead them on June 15, July 1, and July 12 – the last one depending on demand. Signup at research.walknewburyport.com Here’s one example of a AHA! moment, and the story of one…