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February First Friday Social - Intersections with History

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February 1, 2013 @ 6:00pm
February First Friday Social - Intersections with History










First in a Series of Personal Historical Profiles


 Theophilus ParsonsCaleb CushingAdolphus GreelyCaptain William Nichols






Members of the Custom House Maritime Museum and their guests are cordially invited to our February First Friday Social -- which falls on February 1st, from 6:00-8:00pm.

With an ambitious year-round schedule of museum programming and activities now underway, we expand upon the storylines of our newly unfolding exhibition Upon A World Stage -- unveiling the debut of an exciting series of four Personal Historical Profiles, each focused upon a Newburyport son featured in our current exhibition; whose lives provide potent connections with United States and World History.Curator Kevin MacDonald

Join us Friday, February 1st, as Custom House Maritime Museum Curator Kevin MacDonald delivers the inaugural presentation featuring one of his favorite historical personalities, Captain William Nichols. Considered by the British a legendary "Holy Terror," Nichols was also a courageous Privateer, proud American Patriot -- and federally appointed Customs Collector at this very Newburyport Custom House from 1845 to 1849 during the administration of President James K. Polk.

Kevin MacDonald's personal research reveals intriguing insights of this "man without fear" whose distinctive and recurring characteristic of being in the right place at the right time, enabled his uncanny ability to both witness and participate in remarkable historical encounters.

Mark your calendar for this not-to-be-missed evening  -- and make it a point to join us at this compelling series of Sunday afternoon
presentations scheduled for each of the following three February weekends.

Captain William Nichols



Friday, February 1st

6:00 - 8:00 pm
Kevin MacDonald presents Captain William Nichols


Major General Adolphus Greely 


Sunday, February 10th

3:00 - 4:30 pm
Miller Graf presents Adolphus W. Greely



Caleb Cushing



Sunday, February 17th

3:00 - 4:30 pm
J. James Dyer presents Caleb Cushing


Theophilus Parsons




Sunday, February 24th

3:00 - 4:30 pm
Douglas Muir presents Theophilus Parsons



Be sure to join us for the inaugural presentation by Kevin MacDonald -- and consider inviting a friend to share in this historical experience. We encourage all our members to invite a guest to our First Friday Socials to both introduce someone new to our museum and treat them to a fun evening of conversation, company and maritime discovery in the heart of downtown Newburyport!

As is our tradition, wine, beer and soft drinks will be served for your refreshment -- with Sheila Mullins' famed Spice Trade Culinary Adventure taking us this month to South America's smallest sovereign state -- the northern coastal Republic of Surinam!Harpoon Brewery - Official beer of the Custom House Maritime Museum

We proudly feature the great and distinctive beers of Harpoon Brewery, the official beer of the Custom House Maritime Museum.


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