Day of Service Preview: Historic Newton

Annalisa Moretti, the coordinator for Historic Newton, visited the site this week and put together a preview of what participants can expect on September 13! Currently this site has reached capacity for volunteers but you can add yourself to the waiting list or check out the other sites for our Day of Service here.

The Jackson Homestead. Image credit: Annalisa Moretti
The Jackson Homestead. Image credit: Annalisa Moretti

This week I visited Historic Newton to learn more about the projects we’ll be working on there on our Day of Service on September 13. It was a great experience! Historic Newton’s main headquarters are located at the Jackson Homestead, on Washington Street in Newton. A beautiful Federal-style house built in 1809, it served as a stop on the Underground Railroad during the early to mid-1800s. Historic Newton’s archives have been collecting for about 65 years and include the personal papers of Newton’s historic families, organizational records of local societies and clubs, and a strong collection of photographs and art.

Image credit: Annalisa Moretti
Image credit: Annalisa Moretti
Image credit: Annalisa Moretti
Image credit: Annalisa Moretti

We’ll be working in these two beautiful rooms in the Jackson Homestead on September 13. The collections we’ll be working on are primarily nineteenth century, and include a number of photographs, and possibly a collection of historic postcards. We’ll be rehousing and creating box lists for these collections. An inventory of the boxes already exists, and the archives is eager to make the contents of their collections more accessible and easy to use.

Image credit: Annalisa Moretti
Image credit: Annalisa Moretti
Image credit: Annalisa Moretti
Image credit: Annalisa Moretti

The archives has recently closed because the Jackson Homestead is about to undergo renovations, including expanding and improving storage space for their records. The work volunteers do during the Day of Service will help the Curator of Manuscripts, Sara Goldberg, when she moves the archives in anticipation of the renovations. By helping the archives get firmer intellectual control over some of their collections, when the archives reopens in the future it will be better than ever!

If you are attending this site for the Day of Service, I will be sending out an email this week with more information about logistics and scheduling, so be on the look out! Meanwhile, if you want to learn more about the Jackson Homestead, Historic Newton, and their archives, please check out their website, HistoricNewton.org! You can also read their blog about their upcoming renovations, Action in the Archives.

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