New exhibition explores changing neighborhoods in Haverhill

Nov 9, 2017

On November 16, We Are Haverhill: Changing Faces of Haverhill’s Neighborhoods opens at the HC Media Studio in Haverhill, Mass.

Photo by Markham Starr

We Are Haverhill highlights the changing faces and stories of the city’s Acre and Mt. Washington neighborhoods in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Portraits by photographer Markham Starr are paired with oral histories from local residents. The exhibition collects and shares these contemporary stories from the community and explores how neighborhoods and cities affect the people who live in them.

We Are Haverhill: Changing Faces of Haverhill’s Neighborhoods opens with a free, public reception on Thursday, November 16, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at HC Media Studio, 2 Merrimack Street. The event includes refreshments from neighborhood vendors and a storytelling booth where guests can record their own Haverhill stories.

The exhibition runs through February 16, with open hours on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon, Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Historic New England is collaborating with the Buttonwoods Museum, MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative, and HC Media on We Are Haverhill: Changing Faces of Haverhill’s Neighborhoods. The project is part of Historic New England’s Everyone’s History series.

The Buttonwoods Museum, located on a historic site overlooking the Merrimack River in Haverhill, tells the story of life in the Merrimack Valley from indigenous settlements through the present day.

MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative is a place-based development program for Gateway Cities that enhances local public-private engagement and spurs increased investment and economic activity. MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, non-profits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth.

HC Media is a non-profit corporation developed to promote and sponsor public access television in Haverhill. Its purpose is to provide Haverhill residents and Haverhill-based non-profit institutions access to the powerful technologies of television, video production, and other forms of digital media.