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The Making of Legends: How ‘Legendary Newburyporters’ Was Born.

April 1, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Legendary Newburyporters at The Custom House Maritime Museum, Newburyport

First Friday – Members Only Event (Click here to become a member)

Come see and hear the backstory of Legendary Newburyporters: Sculptures by Jeffrey Briggs from the conception to the creation on the eve before the public opening. 

An exclusive member event will return to the CHMM with a panel of historians and writers with the artist:

Jeff Briggs, SculptorJeff Briggs – formally trained artist known for the Swan Sculpture crowning the 100-year-old fountain in The Bartlett Mall and the Carousel animals on the Rose Kennedy Greenway Carousel in Boston.  Jeff and his wife Lindley embarked on their wood sculpture business (Briggs Bugs and Butterflies) when they moved to Newburyport in 1973.

Marge & Skip Motes, Newburyport’s Extraordinaires with a passion for history and the ability to dig for historical facts, have long been supporters of the arts.  The talented writer duo quickly coordinated and managed fourteen different historians then edited all to produce the accompanying publication: Legendary Newburyporters: Sculpture by Jeffrey Briggs – A Chronicle of Achievement in 18th & 19th Centuries.

Bethany Groff Dorau, Executive Director of the Museum of Old Newbury demystifies the complexities of Working, Elite, and Enslaved women in 1771 by presenting Negotiations.  Bethany holds an MA in History from the University of Massachusetts and has published articles in the New York Times, New England Quarterly, the Encyclopedia of American History, and Historic New England Magazine.

Bob Watts, Vice President of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges will moderate the discussion.  Bob is the historian and videographer for the Timothy Palmer statue and the video explaining the casting technique used for the exhibition.

The exhibition and book are made possible by the generosity of our presenting sponsor The H. Patterson Hale Jr. Charitable Foundation and Newburyport Bank as a major sponsor.  And thanks to many of our Citizen Sponsors.