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January First Friday Social - Footsteps Through History

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January 4, 2013 @ 6:00pm
January First Friday Social - Footsteps Through History



Discovering a new perspective at 2013's first First Friday Social


Members of the Custom House Maritime Museum and their guests are cordially invited to our first First Friday Social of the New Year on January 4th from 6:00-8:00pm.

With an exciting year of historical programming slated for 2013, this month we provide a glimpse into perspectives that help formulate the story-telling process anchoring our mission of preserving, protecting and interpreting our precious Maritime Heritage.Michelle Hastings

On Friday we introduce an important member of the museum's team, Michelle Hastings, a talented and enthusiastic researcher who is also one of our Exhibition Curators. Her background combines owning and running businesses with raising a family here in Newburyport, while her Boston University graduate degree studies provide a wealth of expertise she so generously uses to guide our programming capabilities.

Michelle demonstrates the amazing manner in which material items like paintings, furniture, even shoes, can give us a unique window into history, and how by taking the time to investigate these artifacts we breathe life into them.  The story of the Custom House Maritime Museum shoe collection is one that exemplifies this beautifully.  Though beginning perhaps as curiosities they become literally footsteps through which we can walk straight back in time to deepen our understanding of the people that make up the history of Newburyport.

CHMM Shoe CollectionJoin us for a fascinating walk through history this Friday as we kick off our new year-round schedule and 2013 programming.  We encourage all members to invite a guest to this event to introduce them to the museum and treat them to an evening of conversation, company and maritime discovery in the heart of downtown Newburyport.

For your refreshment, wine, beer and soft drinks will be served -- while Sheila Mullins' Spice Trade Culinary Adventure continues this month to the ancient Silk Road harbors of the island nation of Ceylon, Pearl of the Indian Ocean!  We proudly feature the great and distinctive beers of Harpoon Brewery, the official beer of the Custom House Maritime Museum.Harpoon Brewery - Official beer of the Custom House Maritime Museum


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