Category Archives: General

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

Plants and book donations needed for upcoming Plant, Book, and Bake Sale

ks16833Are you a green-thumb gardener with spare plants popping up around your home? Why not consider putting a few in pots and donating them to the upcoming Whittier Home Annual Plant, Bake & Bake Sale which takes place this coming Saturday?

Donations of native perennial flowers and herbs are appreciated. Also needed are donations of books about cooking or gardening. Items can be left at the Whittier home on Friday, morning, May 17, from 9-12, or you may call 978-388-1337 for pickup arrangements. Empty starter pots are available on the back porch of the home.

Read details about the Plant, Book, and Bake sale here …

Celebrate National Poetry Month with our new Whittier curriculum

Whittier_Curriculum_CoverNational Poetry Month arrives on April 1, and the Whittier Home Association in Amesbury, Massachusetts will celebrate by proudly introducing a special curriculum which honors the life and legacy of poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier.

Several years in the making, the curriculum was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services, and was created to facilitate and promote a connection between the Whittier Home and schools and the local community through engaging, historically relevant, and fun educational programming. Continue reading Celebrate National Poetry Month with our new Whittier curriculum

Temple University shares photos of Abolition exhibit

In February, Temple Contemporary mounted an exhibit which detailed the night when Pennsylvania Hall, a meeting place for local abolitionist groups, was destroyed on May 17, 1838, three days after its dedication ceremony. The building was set aflame by an angry mob whose anger and hostility against the abolition movement had been swelling. The fire companies refused to fight the blaze, and the building was completely destroyed. Continue reading Temple University shares photos of Abolition exhibit