Museum of Old Newbury offers educational programs

Courtesy photoRe-enactor and historian Mike Welch appears in “Meet a Colonial Musician” on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Old Newbury.

NEWBURYPORT — The Museum of Old Newbury is hosting two programs this week for those interested in discovering local history.

On Thursday at noon, historian and author Ghlee Woodworth will present “Abolitionists and Benefactors,” a Lunch and Learn program exploring the work of abolitionists Richard Plumer, William Ashby and the Butler family, and the legacies of benefactors such as Henry B. Little and Lord Timothy Dexter.

Little helped establish the Anna Jaques nursing school and Dexter left a bequest that continues to help the less fortunate nearly 200 years after his death.

Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., the museum welcomes historian and re-enactor Mike Welch for “Meet a Colonial Musician.”

Music was a popular form of entertainment during the Colonial era, just as it is today. Musicians played instruments such as guitars, lutes, harpsichords and jaw harps, and music filled public spaces such as taverns as well as private homes. 

The audience can sing along to some of the favorite period tunes.

The museum is at 98 High St. To register, call 978-462-2681, email or go to

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