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The ABCs of Newburyport Maritime History Arrives

December 1, 2014


Newburyport Maritime History from A to Z!


NEWBURYPORT, MA (Nov. 24, 2014) –  A striking new book, The ABCs of Newburyport Maritime History now on sale at the Custom House Maritime Museum offers an accessible way to learn about Newburyport’s sea-linked history while focusing on some of the treasures in the museum’s collection. From Apley to Zodiac, the book portrays important elements of the city’s history coupled with beautiful full-color photos related to the items, for example, a model of the famous packet ship Dreadnought, a quilt made by Alice Brown highlighting her time aboard a sailing ship, photos of the Revenue Cutter Massachusetts and half hulls.  Each letter of the alphabet illustrates an historical Newburyport-linked artifact accompanied by a brief explanation designed to  interest everyone from young elementary school children to adults of all ages.

The ABCs of Newburyport Maritime History

To help celebrate the city’s 250th Anniversary and to raise money for the museum, Authors Laurie Evans-Daly and Margaret Utterback borrowed the idea from a similar book produced in Framingham. Both women, former board members at the museum, organized the project and gathered support from other board alumni in order to publish a print run of books for which 100 percent of sales will benefit the museum.

To create the book, the authors, former educators, went through the museum and matched various exhibit elements with letters of the alphabet while trying to cover the full range of Newburyport’s history – the industrial, the maritime, women’s history, black history as well as important people connected to the city’s past.  “We wanted to present a walking tour of the museum that highlights its exhibits as accessible to everyone.  We wanted it to be inviting without being overwhelming,” Utterback said.  “It’s a users’ guide; a treasure hunt; and the pictures in the book are worth 1,000 words,” Daly pointed out. “We’re hoping that it will help attract younger people to visit the museum.” Her husband Richard Daly, also a former treasurer of the museum, is an amateur photographer who provided some of the photos for the book.  When the time came to assemble the material and pictures into a book form, Daly’s grandson Drew Rosen, a student at the University of Cincinnati, formatted the material and contributed additional photos.

The book is available at the museum store for $9.99.  Museum members receive a discount!

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