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Virtual First Friday

September 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


On Friday, September 4, 2020, join us on YouTube Live at 6:30pm as we welcome Ghlee E. Woodworth to The Custom House Maritime Museum’s Virtual First Friday, where she will be presenting on the Newburyport Clipper Heritage Trail, for which Ghlee has published one book: Newburyport Clipper Heritage Trail, A series of self-guided history tours, Volume I, and is currently working on Volume II.

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About the presenter:

A native of Newburyport, Ghlee E. Woodworth is a twelfth-generation descendant of Robert Adams, one of the first settlers of Newbury, a member of the Board of Trustees of Oak Hill Cemetery, as well as manager of its heritage tree, gravestone, and chapel restoration projects. Having trained in gravestone restoration, Ghlee and other volunteers have repaired over 1400 gravestones in Old Hill Burying Ground and Oak Hill Cemetery.

Ghlee’s first book, Tiptoe Through the Tombstones, Oak Hill Cemetery, about the lives of eighty individuals who made significant contributions to the Newburyport community during the nineteenth century, was published in 2009, and won several New England and New York Book Festival awards in 2009 and 2010. Ghlee is currently working on her next book, Newburyport Clipper Heritage Trail, A series of self-guided history tours, Volume II. Volume I focused primarily on how downtown Newburyport was saved from urban renewal.

Since 2006, she has been conducting tours of the Old Hill Burying Ground, and also leads tours of Highland Cemetery, African American history, and the abolitionist movement in Newburyport.  In 2010, Ghlee created and designed the Clipper Heritage Trail, a series of self-guided history tours, which invites Newburyport residents and visitors to learn more about the hidden history of Newburyport.

Ghlee received a Preservation Award for Stewardship from the Newburyport Preservation Trust in May 2011, honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award, for beneficence to the Newburyport Community in 2016 by Mayor Donna D. Holaday, and the Spirit of Adventure Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2017, her contributions to Newburyport’s local history earned her the Pioneer in Partnership Award from the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Ghlee joined the U.S. Peace Corps in 1991, and worked as a volunteer in the Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoros Islands, East Africa. She trained Peace Corps volunteers and mentored host-country national staff in 13 countries, including Armenia, Namibia, Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, Niger and China, as well as travels to 35 other countries


September 4, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm