2017 Events

Please mark your calendars with the following events:

  •  April 9th–1pm to 3pm – Poetry Reading at the Whittier Home in honor of Poetry Month.  Poet Kevin Gallagher will read from his recently published collection “Loom.” Light refreshments will be served.
  • April 27th – 5:00 to 7:30pm – Annual Dinner Meeting at the Hollow Café.
  • Whittier Home Museum open for Saturday tours
    May 6th through October 28th – 11:00 to 4:00
  • May 27th – 9:00am to 1:00pm – Plant & Bake Sale at the Whittier Home. Rain Date – May 28th.
  • June 22nd – 2:00 to 5:00pm. June Meeting and Garden Party at the Whittier Home. Rain Date, June 23rd.
  • July 20th – 2:00 to 4:00pm. Summer Tea in the Victorian garden at the Whittier Home. Rain Date, July 21st.
  • August 13th – 3:00 to 5:00pm. Tapestry of Voices in the WHA Garden.
  • September 23-24 – 11:00am to 4:00pm. Trails & Sails – free tours at the Home.
  • October 26th – 4:00 to 6:00pm – October Meeting. Rita Parisi presents Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight with stories by Sarah Orne Jewett at the Whittier Home.
  • Sunday December 3rd – 1 to 5pm. December Meeting & Holiday Open House.

Holiday Open House December 4, 2016

Come and enjoy the seasonal ambience of a Victorian Christmas at the historic National Landmark, John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum at 86 Friend St in Amesbury from 1-5 p.m.


This annual event is offered free to members of the community each year and includes an open Gift Shop offering unique gifts of reading for all ages. In addition, the gifts are wrapped at no additional cost.

The Hospitality Committee that will offer a variety of seasonal sweets, cheeses, and fruits. Hot mulled cider and eggnog punch bowls will decorate the fanciful table display.

Don’t miss Amesbury’s first Poet Laureate, Ms. Lainie Senechal, the Whittier Birthplace Museum’s curator & storyteller, Mr. Gus Reusch, and award-winning illustrator, Ms. Lisa Greenleaf reading poetry and seasonal selections at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm

October 2016 Meeting

Join us for the Whittier Home Association October meeting on Thursday the 13th from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Whittier Home.

Our speaker will be Ed Mair, a member of Amesbury Friends Meeting, who will give a presentation on Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Higginson was an American Unitarian minister, author and abolitionist who devoted much of his life to fighting for the rights of freed slaves, women and other disfranchised peoples.

It will be a fascinating program followed by seasonal refreshments. The cost is $10 per person. Please make a reservation by calling 978-388-1337.

Local Mystery Named 2016 All-Community Read

Join your neighbors and friends in Amesbury’s 2016
All-Community Read

Enjoy the latest historical mystery by popular Amesbury author, Delivering the TruthCoverEdith Maxwell, immerse yourself in local heritage, and attend this special event:

Saturday, September 10, 7:00 pm

New: Watch the video of the staged reading here!  http://amesburysd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=933

Celebrating Whittier 2016: A Staged Reading.
Features fictional midwife Rose Carroll and John Greenleaf Whittier.  Tickets $20 ($10 for students); click the green Tickets button here. Script adapted by Amesbury Poet Laureate Lainie Senechal from Edith Maxwell’s mystery, Delivering the Truth.

In Delivering the Truth, Quaker midwife Rose Carroll delivers babies and hears secrets in 1888 Amesbury. When arson destroys the town’s carriage factories and murder tears apart the town, Rose uses her strength and resourcefulness, along with advice from John Greenleaf Whittier, to bring the perpetrators to light.


All-Community Read co-sponsored by the Whittier Home Association and the Amesbury Public Library

Books available at Amesbury Public Library, or for purchase at the Whittier Home Museum (Saturdays 11-3); Jabberwocky Bookstore, Newburyport; and online.

For more information visit: whittierhome.org   | 978-388-1337
Whittier Home Museum  |  86 Friend Street  |  P.O. Box 632  |  Amesbury, MA  |  01913

Ibbetson St. Poetry Reading

Ibbetson St. Poetry Reading

On April 13th at 7:00PM the Whittier Home Association hosts an evening of poetry presented by the Ibbetson Street poets at the Whittier Home, 86 Friend St. Amesbury, MA. There is no charge but donations will be gratefully accepted.

The Ibbetson Street Press was founded in 1998 in Somerville, MA by Doug Holder, Richard Wilhelm and Dianne Robitaille. The Press publishes collections of poetry, and the literary journal Ibbetson Street. Ibbetson Street is now affiliated with Endicott College in Beverly, MA.

Doug Holder of Ibbetson House said, “We are pleased to be able to have our poets read at the historic Whittier Home & Museum in Amesbury, MA onApril 13th, 2016 at 7:00pm. We would like to thank Lainie Senechal, the Poet Laureate of Amesbury, the Whittier Home Association, and the Amesbury Cultural Council for making this happen.”

The following poets will read at the event: Lainie Senechal, Amesbury’s Poet Laureate; Harris Gardner, founder of the Boston National Poetry Festival, and Poetry Editor of Ibbetson;  Steve Glines, the Design Editor for Ibbetson Street and the publisher of the Wilderness House Press; Gloria Mindock, a celebrated poet as well as the publisher of the Cervena Barva Press; Michael Todd Steffen, Director of the Hastings Room Reading Series in Cambridge, MA; Michael Goodwin,  a creative writing student from Endicott College in Beverly, MA; Denis Daly, author of the poetry collection The Custom House; and Doug Holder, publisher of Ibbetson Street.

Please call the Whittier Home at 978-388-1337 for reservations.

Amesbury Poet Laureate

Lainie Senechal Named Amesbury Poet Laureate

See a video interview with Senechal and Meryl Goldsmith here. The Poet Laureate will be inaugurated at the Whittier Home on the 17th day of January, 2016 – 3:00 to 5:00pm.

(Article by Skye Wentworth)

The Amesbury Cultural Council has announced that they have 11-9-15_1302_croppedselected Amesbury writer Lainie Senechal to be Poet Laureate for the city. She will be the first Poet Laureate to be appointed to this position.

“This is a great honor for me,” Senechal said in the announcement. “The honor, however, comes with a deep commitment to the goals of this position.” As the first Poet Laureate chosen for Amesbury, Senechal says she will work to establish a standard for future appointees to the position and acknowledges that as Poet Laureate she will be continuing a great poetry legacy set by John Greenleaf Whittier, the most nationally popular poet of his time.

11-9-15_1312“In this sense, Amesbury is already a poetry centered city,” says Senechal, “I commend the Council for the work it has done to establish the appointment of an Amesbury Poet Laureate.” As the new Poet Laureate she plans to help the citizens of Amesbury to feel a part of its great legacy, have pride in Amesbury’s poetic history and inspire a desire to continue the experience of poetry in the community into the future.

“I’m going to invite students, teachers and the community to write, enhance programs already in place and create new poetry events throughout the year. I’ll also reach out to the business community to set up events that will promote their endeavors,” she says.

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2015 Tapestry of Voices readers, with Lainie Senechal at the far right.

An Amesbury native, Senechal has spent just about her whole life living in the city. She’s worked throughout Massachusetts as a teacher and a poet and has been prolific in authoring poetry books, anthologies and journal articles. She’s the co-founder, with Michael Brown, of The Culture of Peace, an art and poetry exhibit of international artists/poets to celebrate the United Nations mandate for a Decade of Peace. Senechal is also the co-founder, with Harris Gardner, of Tapestry of Voices, a Greater Boston organization whose mission is to “weave poetry into the social fabric”. In fact, the Tapestry of Voices has collaborated with the Whittier Home Association to hold annual readings of Whittier’s poetry at the Whittier Home in Amesbury. “This past summer was our 17th annual reading and we’re pleased that it continues to be well-received in the community,” says Senechal.

In addition to Lainie Senechal’s post, the nominating committee, David Andrews, Joanne Sullivan, Peter Fulton, Elizabeth Stockwell, Gary Reese and Chris Bryant, has agreed that John Greenleaf 11-9-15_1307Whittier will be named Poet Laureate Emeritus of Amesbury.  The installation ceremony will be held at the Whittier Home on January 17th, 2016.

You can meet Amesbury’s first Poet Laureate, Lainie Senechal, at the Whittier Home’s Holiday Open House, 86 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA on December 6th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  She and Gus Reusch, curator of the Whittier Birthplace Museum in Haverhill, will be reading excerpts from Snowbound by John Greenleaf Whittier at 2:00 and 4:00 pm.




Holiday Open House 2015

Home at Christmas dotty williamson 010WhitterChristmasCome and enjoy the seasonal ambience of a Victorian Christmas at the historic National Landmark, John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum at 86 Friend St in Amesbury from 1-5 p.m on December 6.

We are most pleased to welcome Amesbury’s first Poet Laureate, Ms. Lainie Senechal and the Birthplace Museum’s curator & storyteller, Mr. Gus Reusch, as Elizabeth & Whittier reading excerpts from Snowbound at 2:00 and 4:00.

This annual event is offered free to members of the community each year and includes an open holiday decor 20131125_102749Gift Shop offering unique gifts of reading for all ages. In addition, the gifts are wrapped at no additional cost.


The Hospitality Committee that will offer a variety of seasonal refreshments and beverages. In the background there will be seasonal music.Holiday table_0949

Admission is free.


Member Meetings

Member meeting October 15, 5:00 PM. Dinner and Program at the Whittier Home.

William Hallett and Paul Jancewicz present “Newburyport and Amesbury: the Civil War Years.”


Holidy Open House December 6, 2-4 PM. Whittier Home.

Welcome the holidays with carols, sweets buffet, hot cider, raffle, Giving tree, and friendship!


2015 Annual Meeting

Please join us for the Whittier Home Association Annual Meeting Thursday, April 9, at 5 PM. The meeting will be at the Hollow Café on Patten’s Pond in Amesbury.

There will be a served dinner with choices of chicken or fish.  We will also have a raffle with some delightful prizes to tempt you!  And music to soothe the soul.

A donation of $16 per person is requested to cover the costs, payable at the door by cash or check. We will send out a flyer soon with all the details.

Our program will focus primarily on the water damage that was done to the Whittier Home in January this year, outlining our plans for repair and restoration.  More importantly, the meeting will focus on what you, as members, can do to support us in making the Home whole again.

We will have another change to the bylaws again this year related to streamlining our committees to make us more effective and efficient.

Since seating is limited we would ask that you make reservations by calling the Whittier Home at 978-388-1337. Please state how many there will be in your reservation, and your dinner preference of chicken or fish.

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