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November 13, 2013

Carriage Museum hosts historical programs

AMESBURY — The Amesbury Carriage Museum, Inc. has several historical programs scheduled.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Tom Kelleher, chief historian and curator of Mechanical Arts at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, will present “Peddling Your Wares,” which will look at itinerant merchants in early 19th-century New England. In the 1800s, thousands of traveling salesmen brought goods from around the world to the homes of farm families as part of a growing consumer revolution.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m., Steve Woods will present his live portrayal of the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Woods and his wife, Sharon, have been recognized by the Association of Lincoln Presenters as the best Abraham and Mary Lincoln team for both 2003 and 2006. Woods resides in Claremont, N.H., and he has been portraying Abraham Lincoln in historical societies, libraries, schools and community events since 1995.

Lastly, on Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m., Tom Kelleher will return to present a slide talk entitled “Old Mills and Water-Power,” which should prove most interesting, given the pivotal role both the Powow River and the Merrimack River have played in Amesbury’s rich industrial history. This offering will include a slide show and talk examining how water power worked, including the various designs of water wheels, and as stated, highlighting the crucial role mills played in early America and in Amesbury specifically.

There will be a $5 entrance fee per family attending. All presentations will be held at the Nicholas J. Costello Transportation Center on Main Street.

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