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Historic New England Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We preserve and share centuries of New England heritage through historic properties, collections, archives, education programs, and more.
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We preserve and share four centuries of New England heritage through historic properties, collections, archives, education programs, and historic preservation services.

We preserve and share four centuries of New England heritage through historic properties, collections, archives, education programs, and historic preservation services.

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#FromTheArchives For the past year, our collections services team has worked on digitizing the thousands of our Casey Fa...
06/16/2021

#FromTheArchives For the past year, our collections services team has worked on digitizing the thousands of our Casey Family Papers. The collection includes manuscript materials detailing civil engineer Thomas Lincoln Casey’s design and construction of several structures in Washington, D.C.

This digitized cyanotype of The Library of Congress’s construction c. 1894 is just one of the images from the collection. Explore more cyanotypes from the collection ➡️ bit.ly/3xh5jPy.

#FromTheArchives For the past year, our collections services team has worked on digitizing the thousands of our Casey Family Papers. The collection includes manuscript materials detailing civil engineer Thomas Lincoln Casey’s design and construction of several structures in Washington, D.C.

This digitized cyanotype of The Library of Congress’s construction c. 1894 is just one of the images from the collection. Explore more cyanotypes from the collection ➡️ bit.ly/3xh5jPy.

Celebrate #PrideMonth with art, cocktails, and refreshments on the Eustis Estate terrace 🍷At least six of the artists, s...
06/15/2021

Celebrate #PrideMonth with art, cocktails, and refreshments on the Eustis Estate terrace 🍷

At least six of the artists, subjects, and patrons highlighted in our exhibition “Artful Stories” would likely identify as LGBTQ+ today. This Sunday, 6/20, hear from co-curators Nancy Carlisle and Peter Trippi as they present a lively overview of the exhibition and explore the fascinating life stories of these individuals at “Cocktails with the Curators: Pride Month.”

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11513/eus-pride-cocktails-curators to get your tickets.

🖼️ Portrait of Clementina Beach, 1820-1825, by Gilbert Stuart; Beach ran an elite school for girls, along with her loving companion Judith Foster Saunders. Learn more at eustis.estate/location/clementina-beach/.

Celebrate #PrideMonth with art, cocktails, and refreshments on the Eustis Estate terrace 🍷

At least six of the artists, subjects, and patrons highlighted in our exhibition “Artful Stories” would likely identify as LGBTQ+ today. This Sunday, 6/20, hear from co-curators Nancy Carlisle and Peter Trippi as they present a lively overview of the exhibition and explore the fascinating life stories of these individuals at “Cocktails with the Curators: Pride Month.”

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11513/eus-pride-cocktails-curators to get your tickets.

🖼️ Portrait of Clementina Beach, 1820-1825, by Gilbert Stuart; Beach ran an elite school for girls, along with her loving companion Judith Foster Saunders. Learn more at eustis.estate/location/clementina-beach/.

Rundlet-May House’s outdoor spaces are just as interesting as its interiors. The Portsmouth, N.H., home has a charming g...
06/14/2021

Rundlet-May House’s outdoor spaces are just as interesting as its interiors. The Portsmouth, N.H., home has a charming garden and landscape, where "rooms" for experiencing respite and delight were features as important as the family pet cemetery.

Join us this Wednesday, 6/16, for a virtual tour of the garden at “Rundlet-May's Garden: Paradise and The Practical” to get a glimpse of this jewel box landscape on the seacoast.

Get your tickets at https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/run-landscape.

Rundlet-May House’s outdoor spaces are just as interesting as its interiors. The Portsmouth, N.H., home has a charming garden and landscape, where "rooms" for experiencing respite and delight were features as important as the family pet cemetery.

Join us this Wednesday, 6/16, for a virtual tour of the garden at “Rundlet-May's Garden: Paradise and The Practical” to get a glimpse of this jewel box landscape on the seacoast.

Get your tickets at https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/run-landscape.

Today’s #FanPhotoFriday goes out to urbancottagehome on IG for capturing one of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House’s les...
06/11/2021

Today’s #FanPhotoFriday goes out to urbancottagehome on IG for capturing one of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House’s lesser-known rooms!

The Shelley Room was part of the house’s 1911 southeast wing addition. You won’t see this smaller bedroom on a regular tour of the home—to enjoy it in person, take a special, behind-the-scenes “Nooks and Crannies” tour of Beauport 🔍. Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/?event_location=beauport to check for dates and tickets.

Today’s #FanPhotoFriday goes out to urbancottagehome on IG for capturing one of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House’s lesser-known rooms!

The Shelley Room was part of the house’s 1911 southeast wing addition. You won’t see this smaller bedroom on a regular tour of the home—to enjoy it in person, take a special, behind-the-scenes “Nooks and Crannies” tour of Beauport 🔍. Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/?event_location=beauport to check for dates and tickets.

Spring looks good on Hamilton House 🌷 How have you been enjoying the warm weather?Take a tour of the house this season t...
06/10/2021

Spring looks good on Hamilton House 🌷 How have you been enjoying the warm weather?

Take a tour of the house this season to see it in bloom. Remember, Historic New England members tour for free. Tickets at https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/hamilton-house/.

Spring looks good on Hamilton House 🌷 How have you been enjoying the warm weather?

Take a tour of the house this season to see it in bloom. Remember, Historic New England members tour for free. Tickets at https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/hamilton-house/.

06/09/2021
Leading Voices Episode 5: Elizabeth Diller and Susan Whiting

Two distinguished women, Elizabeth Diller, one of the world’s leading architects whose acclaimed cross-genre work on cultural and civic projects includes The High Line, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the latest MoMA expansion in New York, The Broad in Los Angeles, ICA Boston, and Moscow’s Zaryadye Park, and Susan Whiting, who leads the evolution of The National Women’s History Museum to include its first place in Washington, D.C., and most recently served as vice chair of Nielsen, the largest global research company, share their thoughts on the challenges of building cultural centers, the power of design to inspire participation, and the process that leads to successful projects.

Elizabeth Diller is a Partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), and Susan Whiting is Chair of the Board of the National Women's History Museum and former Vice Chair of Nielsen.

06/08/2021
Leading Voices | Historic New England

Our Leading Voices series concludes this Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a conversation between two powerhouse women: Susan Whiting, chair of the National Women’s History Museum and former vice chair of Nielsen, and Elizabeth Diller, partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

As the National Women's History Museum prepares its first physical location in Washington, D.C. (watch the episode to find out where), Whiting and Diller share their experiences in creating new and transformational cultural spaces for the public, including Diller’s work on such major projects as the High Line in New York and the Broad in Los Angeles.

Register to watch at https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/virtual-events/leading-voices/.

Leading Voices highlights cultural and philanthropic leaders from the United States and abroad discussing the critical, multi-faceted role private philanthropy plays in building, protecting, and ensuring our cultural fabric.

#TriviaTuesday In the 1800s, wealthy families with mansions used this type of machine to call servants to different room...
06/08/2021

#TriviaTuesday In the 1800s, wealthy families with mansions used this type of machine to call servants to different rooms. What is this mechanism called?

Comment below with your best guess and check back later for the answer!

#TriviaTuesday In the 1800s, wealthy families with mansions used this type of machine to call servants to different rooms. What is this mechanism called?

Comment below with your best guess and check back later for the answer!

Sayward-Wheeler House in York Harbor, Maine, is full of family portraits and collections that reflect the status and way...
06/07/2021

Sayward-Wheeler House in York Harbor, Maine, is full of family portraits and collections that reflect the status and way of life enjoyed by the Saywards. But how do these same collections reflect the narratives of Prince, Cato, and Boneto, enslaved members of the household, and Prince's wife, Dinah, also enslaved?

Join us next Tuesday, 6/15, for “Painting in Context: Sayward-Wheeler House and Artful Stories” to learn more about how art from Sayward-Wheeler House now on view at the Eustis Estate provides insight into these stories.

Get tickets at https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/12766.

Sayward-Wheeler House in York Harbor, Maine, is full of family portraits and collections that reflect the status and way of life enjoyed by the Saywards. But how do these same collections reflect the narratives of Prince, Cato, and Boneto, enslaved members of the household, and Prince's wife, Dinah, also enslaved?

Join us next Tuesday, 6/15, for “Painting in Context: Sayward-Wheeler House and Artful Stories” to learn more about how art from Sayward-Wheeler House now on view at the Eustis Estate provides insight into these stories.

Get tickets at https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/12766.

🚃Looks like a fun trip! Our contribution to #ArchivesOnWheels shows off this photo from our collections of a large group...
06/04/2021

🚃Looks like a fun trip! Our contribution to #ArchivesOnWheels shows off this photo from our collections of a large group of women on a trolley car. Flanked by two conductors, the group's trolley sits in front of the Plum Island Hotel in Massachusetts. #ArchivesHashtagParty

🚃Looks like a fun trip! Our contribution to #ArchivesOnWheels shows off this photo from our collections of a large group of women on a trolley car. Flanked by two conductors, the group's trolley sits in front of the Plum Island Hotel in Massachusetts. #ArchivesHashtagParty

Get new plants for your summer garden at our Lyman Estate Greenhouses Hosta and Perennial Sale. 🪴The three-day sale is t...
06/03/2021

Get new plants for your summer garden at our Lyman Estate Greenhouses Hosta and Perennial Sale. 🪴

The three-day sale is this Saturday and Sunday, 6/5-6/6, and next Saturday, 6/12. Plants of all shapes, sizes, and colors are available, including many new and hard-to-find varieties. Historic New England members save 10% on purchases. All guests must wear a mask.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/12645/gre-hosta-1 for more information.

Get new plants for your summer garden at our Lyman Estate Greenhouses Hosta and Perennial Sale. 🪴

The three-day sale is this Saturday and Sunday, 6/5-6/6, and next Saturday, 6/12. Plants of all shapes, sizes, and colors are available, including many new and hard-to-find varieties. Historic New England members save 10% on purchases. All guests must wear a mask.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/12645/gre-hosta-1 for more information.

Hoping this #TBT of the Boston Public Garden c. 1892 brings a little light to your day ☀️ Explore other historic shots f...
06/03/2021

Hoping this #TBT of the Boston Public Garden c. 1892 brings a little light to your day ☀️ Explore other historic shots from our archive of more than 500,000 photos at HistoricNewEngland.org/collections.

📸 Moulton Photo Company, Salem, Mass.

Hoping this #TBT of the Boston Public Garden c. 1892 brings a little light to your day ☀️ Explore other historic shots from our archive of more than 500,000 photos at HistoricNewEngland.org/collections.

📸 Moulton Photo Company, Salem, Mass.

06/02/2021
Leading Voices Episode 4: Pamela Fiori and Marc Rosen

Both Pamela Fiori and Marc Rosen are groundbreakers in the beauty, fragrance, culture, and publishing worlds and are intimately familiar with the power of individual philanthropy, each receiving esteemed recognition for their own philanthropic leadership. Their personal observations in this Leading Voices program draw on Pamela’s experiences as legendary editor of Town & Country and other influential publications, and Marc’s inspiring creative work and celebration and preservation of objects in these areas.

Pamela Fiori is former Editor in Chief of Town & Country, and Marc Rosen is an award-winning fragrance, cosmetic, and fashion packaging designer, author, educator, and philanthropist.

Downtown Boston’s Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial commemorates a famed Civil War unit of Black soldiers. It...
06/02/2021

Downtown Boston’s Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial commemorates a famed Civil War unit of Black soldiers. It depicts Colonel Shaw leading the unit down Beacon Street in 1863. The memorial was recently restored and reinstalled in the Boston Common.

The restoration project wrapped up amidst increased public scrutiny over historic monuments. "Visitors to the newly restored monument will be able to learn more about the sculpture’s history in an augmented reality installation accessible through a smartphone app, developed with the Museum of African-American History." Read more from The ARTery at https://www.wbur.org/artery/2021/05/28/shaw-memorial-black-union-army-soldiers-restoration.

📸 N.L. Stebbins, undated

Downtown Boston’s Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial commemorates a famed Civil War unit of Black soldiers. It depicts Colonel Shaw leading the unit down Beacon Street in 1863. The memorial was recently restored and reinstalled in the Boston Common.

The restoration project wrapped up amidst increased public scrutiny over historic monuments. "Visitors to the newly restored monument will be able to learn more about the sculpture’s history in an augmented reality installation accessible through a smartphone app, developed with the Museum of African-American History." Read more from The ARTery at https://www.wbur.org/artery/2021/05/28/shaw-memorial-black-union-army-soldiers-restoration.

📸 N.L. Stebbins, undated

Happy #PrideMonth! 🏳️🌈Starting tomorrow Wednesday, 6/2, with our virtual lecture about at interpreting LGBTQ+ history ba...
06/01/2021

Happy #PrideMonth! 🏳️🌈

Starting tomorrow Wednesday, 6/2, with our virtual lecture about at interpreting LGBTQ+ history based on archival materials, “Pride in the Archives,” Historic New England is celebrating gay history from our collections all through the month.

See our full lineup of Pride events through the month of June at https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-england-celebrates-pride-month/.

Happy #PrideMonth! 🏳️🌈

Starting tomorrow Wednesday, 6/2, with our virtual lecture about at interpreting LGBTQ+ history based on archival materials, “Pride in the Archives,” Historic New England is celebrating gay history from our collections all through the month.

See our full lineup of Pride events through the month of June at https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-england-celebrates-pride-month/.

From its high hill brooding over immense tracts of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, Belvoir Castle is one of England’s g...
05/27/2021

From its high hill brooding over immense tracts of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, Belvoir Castle is one of England’s great architectural treasures. Since taking charge of the estate, Emma, 11th Duchess of Rutland, has shaken off the dust-sheets and brought back to life a castle which had slept for most of the twentieth century.

Next Thursday, 6/3, hear directly from the duchess herself at “Belvoir Castle and Capability Brown: Discovering a Lost Landscape.” In this virtual program, learn more the long-forgotten plans written up by the great landscape designer Lancelot "Capability" Brown, who likely inspired the Lyman Estate’s own landscape architect.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/belvoir-castle to get your tickets today.

From its high hill brooding over immense tracts of Leicestershire and Lincolnshire, Belvoir Castle is one of England’s great architectural treasures. Since taking charge of the estate, Emma, 11th Duchess of Rutland, has shaken off the dust-sheets and brought back to life a castle which had slept for most of the twentieth century.

Next Thursday, 6/3, hear directly from the duchess herself at “Belvoir Castle and Capability Brown: Discovering a Lost Landscape.” In this virtual program, learn more the long-forgotten plans written up by the great landscape designer Lancelot "Capability" Brown, who likely inspired the Lyman Estate’s own landscape architect.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/belvoir-castle to get your tickets today.

05/26/2021
Leading Voices Episode 3: Linda Johnson and Amir Pasic

Amir Pasic, Dean of the country’s first school of philanthropy and uniquely situated to share insights into current trends in cultural philanthropy, and Linda Johnson, head of one of the nation’s largest public library systems, discuss the critical role public/private philanthropy is playing in supporting public institutions, particularly as those organizations become increasingly multi-dimensional in the services provided to their communities.

Linda Johnson is President and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library and former President and CEO of the National Constitution Center, and Amir Pasic is the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Enjoy some pictures from our annual sheep shearing at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm ❤️Our historic farm in Newbury, Mass., ...
05/26/2021

Enjoy some pictures from our annual sheep shearing at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm ❤️

Our historic farm in Newbury, Mass., is home to many foster animals like Betty in partnership with the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. To help us maintain the farm and take care of these wonderful animals, please consider donating at https://my.historicnewengland.org/donate/q/annual-fund.

Enjoy a private waterfront picnic at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House this summer ⛱️ Bring your own picnic food and ge...
05/26/2021

Enjoy a private waterfront picnic at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House this summer ⛱️ Bring your own picnic food and get exclusive access to the house’s terraces overlooking Gloucester Harbor.

Get more information and your tickets at https://my.historicnewengland.org/11327/bea-byo.

Enjoy a private waterfront picnic at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House this summer ⛱️ Bring your own picnic food and get exclusive access to the house’s terraces overlooking Gloucester Harbor.

Get more information and your tickets at https://my.historicnewengland.org/11327/bea-byo.

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Eustis Estate, Dec 2017 photo by Tisha Shaughnessy-Sullivan
Detail, Eustis Estate, Milton, MA Dec 2017 photo by Tisha Shaughnessy-Sullivan
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Help me get my new fruit in stores!
A friend of mine purchased this. Dated from mid 1700's. Would love your interpretation of what you think is written.
Release of The Noble Train The story of a twenty five year old Boston bookseller who dragged 60 tons of cannons to George Washington and saved the American Revolution
hppiest day in my life walking Bristol beach/BYE see you in heaven
Roger that...talking to a fellow visitor at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, MA today, I discovered that she hadn't seen Roger the donkey anywhere...and then this...made me smile :-)