Buttonwoods Museum Receives Grant to Connect History to Daily Life

Buttonwoods Museium of the Haverhill Historical Society. (File photograph.)

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Buttonwoods Museum is developing a new way of presenting regional history thanks to a matching grant from the Essex Heritage National Area.

What was described as an “audience-centered interpretive plan” will “connect the River, buildings, grounds, programs, and exhibits based on experiences of daily life.” Buttonwoods, 240 Water St., serves as an Essex Heritage visitor center and is one of a dozen organizations receiving a grant of at least $2,000. In making the announcement Thursday, Essex Heritage CEO Annie Harris said the entire county benefits from regional efforts.

“Over the 21-year life of the program we have provided grants to every community in Essex County—and we know that this seed money greatly impacts the region by leveraging more investments in the Essex National Heritage Area.”

In Buttonwoods case, themes might include “immigrant reactions and adaptation to the region, or simpler aspects of daily life like courting and dating. Oral histories, to be collected as part of an implementation plan, will add a human element to primary sources and objects.”

The total cost of the project must be at least $4,000.

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