About the Society

2018-2019 Monthly Programs

All programs take place in the Gould Barn unless otherwise noted. Parking is in the spaces marked “Gould Barn” in the Emerson parking lot, and along the east side of East Common Street.

The Society is very grateful to the Institution for Savings for their generous support of the Society’s lectures, performances and children’s programming.

  • Teddy Bear Picnic
  • Wednesday, August 22 New Date!
  • 2PM - 4PM
  • Capen House Lawn
  • Children are invited to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal and enjoy refreshments, crafts and stories on the Capen House lawn.
  • Tour of Military Artifact Collection
  • Friday, September 21
  • 7:30 PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Society member Tim Collins has extended an invitation to our membership to tour his private collection of military artifacts. Space for this event is limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting Norm Isler. MEMBERS ONLY
  • Korea: The Forgotten War Remembered
  • Friday, October 12
  • 7:30 PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Experience this unique opportunity to hear firsthand accounts from three Topsfield Korean War veterans. Dick Moody, of Operation Troop Support, will moderate the discussion, which will also include remembrances from a wife who waited it out at home.
  • Witches Roost Halloween Party for Children
  • Sunday, October 28
  • 2pm
  • Gould Barn
  • Witches, ghosts and goblins are invited to a Halloween Party with games, food and prizes. Costumes are encouraged. Appropriate for early elementary -aged children.
  • The End of Slavery in Massachusetts
  • Friday, November 9
  • 7:30 PM
  • Gould Barn
  • This historical account of the end of slavery practices in Massachusetts, presented by Jeanne Pickering, MA History, includes a surprising twist involving the legal entanglement of John Adams.
  • An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving at the Capen House
  • Thursday, November 22
  • 10AM to 12PM
  • Capen House
  • Experience a Colonial Thanksgiving, with costumed interpreters, hot cider, hearth cooking demonstration and children’s crafts & games.
  • Christmas Party (members only)
  • Sunday, December 2
  • 5:30 PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Enjoy a festive gaterhing and some Holiday Cheer in the Gould Barn!
  • Belva Lockwood for President!
  • Sunday, January 13, 2019
  • 3 PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Meet the first woman to run a full presidential campaign, in 1884! Belva Lockwood (Anne Barrett) will delight your audience with a lively campaign speech detailing her fight to be the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court Bar, her early struggles as a woman trying to break free of social con-ventions, and her 1884 bid for the presidency.
  • The Nautical History of Newburyport
  • Sunday, February 10
  • 3 PM
  • Gould Barn
  • Author Dyke Hendrickson explores the perfection of the clipper ship, the city's famous Federalist mansions and the bold adventures from the Age of Sail. Follow the men and women of Newburyport into battle, into gales and into fortune—or ruin.
  • Annual Meeting & Soup Supper
  • Sunday, March 10
  • 3pm
  • Gould Barn
  • Join in celebrating the Society’s past accomplishments and future plans, and enjoy a delicious meal.

Previous events

  • 50th Annual Strawberry Festival
  • Saturday, June 9
  • 10AM - 4PM
  • Topsfield Common and Gould Barn
  • Enjoy strawberry shortcake and an array of crafters selling beautiful pottery, textiles, jewelry and more. There will be an antique & classic car show too!