October 14 – AMESBURY – The Upper Millyard will be packed with history-related entertainment this weekend, with the opening of the Amesbury Carriage Museum Industrial History Center on Friday, followed by a family day out on Saturday.
The nonprofit raised $ 935,000 during its $ 920,000 fundraising campaign to build the center on 2,700 square feet of space in the Amesbury Industrial Supply building, located in the Upper Millyard.
The museum’s executive director, John Mayer, said the center is the culmination of more than 30 years of work. The inauguration takes place Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“We will have refreshments and there will be a ribbon cutting and music,” Mayer said. “We want to celebrate our accomplishment and we hope people will help us do it.”
Mayer said the museum is looking to attract more young people and families. A family day out in the Upper Millyard is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We will showcase the types of activities we will be sharing with families,” Mayer said.
Flatbread Company will host a community fundraiser for the center on Tuesday. A new exhibit is scheduled to be presented on October 23.
“This will be a new program that will deal with the history of technology and industry,” Mayer said. “I will have a former curator from the Henry Ford Museum who will talk about the machines. I also have two steam engine builders who will be talking about their art. There will also be demonstrations.
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