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April 15, 2014

With 'Port Projects,' Nock students learn about city's past

Research project ties into 250th anniversary


Caroline Laughlin, an avid believer in the paranormal, retold the ghost stories of Newburyport, including Mayor Donna Holaday’s tale of a spooky encounter at Ten Center Street.

Inspired by the Custom House’s shipbuilding room, Michael Twomey researched shipbuilding, including five major Newburyport shipyards.

Dan Van Boom told the tale of Plum Island’s history, including its erosion and the island’s first known appearance in 1616 on the famous Captain John Smith’s map of New England.

“I’m pretty sure he spent all of his weekends helping kids,” Van Boom said of Webber. “I’ve definitely learned a lot from him, he’s definitely one of the best teachers I’ve had throughout the years.”

Webber has been pleased with the outcome. Students have turned in presentations, he said, that rival what would be expected of high school sophomores. He looks forward to showing those projects to the public.

The Custom House Maritime Museum, 25 Water St., will host the Port Projects Opening Exhibition on Friday, May 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission to opening night, during which the students will be present to explain their projects, is free. The projects will be available for viewing until the following Tuesday.

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