In 1809 Parsons and Lowell formed the Newburyport Athenaeum for “the purpose of promoting learning and diffusing useful knowledge by establishing a repository for valuable and rare productions in the various arts, sciences and literature.” NCM Hub values local history and today brings this historic Newburyport Athenaeum back to life as a virtual library with the same purpose – to promote learning. Through this “members only” virtual library you will have access to media training and resources that will encourage citizen engagement. Interested in conducting an interview but you have no crew? You can reserve studio time in PortMedia open studio. Interested in citizen journalism? Learn and follow the core principles of journalism and be a reporter for The Packet Post, our Citizen Journalism Project.