Museum program focuses on historic photo collection

Courtesy photoMarket Square, Newburyport, shown in 1882 in this photo from the Snow collection.

NEWBURYPORT — The Museum of Old Newbury presents “Highlights from the Christopher Snow Photograph Collection” with historian Ghlee Woodworth on Thursday. 

The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

The museum acquired the photograph collection of local antique dealer Chris Snow in summer 2014. Snow spent decades assembling the collection of about 2,000 photographs, glass plate negatives and photo albums chronicling the history of Newbury and Newburyport for more than a century.

All aspects of the communities’ history are represented, including local landmarks, streetscapes, waterfront and maritime views, clubs and organizations, parades, fires, school portraits, churches, public buildings, military events and rural landscapes. Local photographers H.P. Macintosh, Selwyn Reed and others will be featured.

Museum volunteers worked for two years to sort and identify the photographs and provide metadata.

The collection was then sent to Digital Commonwealth in Boston, where it was digitized and made available for research.

Woodworth is the author of “Tiptoe Through the Tombstones” about Newburyport’s Oak Hill Cemetery, and creator of the Clipper Heritage Trail, for which she received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.

Funding for this program was provided by the Institution for Savings. The program is free but reservations are required. To register, visit the museum’s website at

Since 1877, the Museum of Old Newbury has been preserving and presenting local history through research, education, exhibition and loan.

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