NEWBURYPORT – Anyone who has wandered around Newburyport during Yankee Homecoming over the last three years may have seen the stories of the city's old houses written on poster-board. At the upcoming June Village Talk, local historian Jack Santos will talk about his summertime tradition If This House Could Talk. Santos will share with us the best, the funniest, the most poignant and the most historical signs and stories.
Find out where the idea of "Talking Houses" came from, and some of the challenges of creating the program. Santos will give tips on how residents can write about their own home’s story.
Homeowners are encouraged to tell stories about their homes, and display the stories on poster-board in front of their homes during the week of Yankee Homecoming. The posters give passers-by a sense of the history of the street, whether they walk there frequently or are exploring the area for the first time. During the event’s first year in 2016, about 50 homes participated, growing to more than 110 last year. The event is sponsored by the Newburyport Preservation Trust.
Santos recently published a book titled “If This House Could Talk,” which serves as a time capsule and documentation of the stories and homes that participated in 2018.
Village Talks are offered by the Greater Newburyport Village for the enrichment of the community. Village Talks occur every third Wednesday of the month at the Newburyport Senior/Community Center, 331 High St., Newburyport. Talks are free and open to all.