North Bennet Street School Open House Highlights Programs and Opportunities

The NBSS (North Bennet Street School) held a two-day open house in November offering visitors an opportunity to learn about its history, programs, and community.

Founded in 1881 as the North Bennet Street Industrial School, the school provided newly-arrived immigrants the ability to more easily adjust to their new home by learning useful skills necessary for employment. The continuing mission of the institution is to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, while helping to preserve timeless traditions in craft.

At the open house, students and instructors provided knowledge on everything from how the annealing process in metallurgy aids in jewelry restoration and repair, to different techniques in carpentry. Piano and violin construction, along with bookbinding workshops, focused on historical development and preservation. These were rounded out by stories detailing what drew individuals from all corners of the country to come study at the NBSS.

Many current projects were on display for visitors to study while enjoying sweet treats and apple cider. Learn more about the school and its programs at

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