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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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"I am yours most lovingly. S.O.J."—Sarah Orne Jewett, in a letter to Annie Fields, 1882Maine author Sarah Orne Jewett fo...
06/23/2021

"I am yours most lovingly. S.O.J."
—Sarah Orne Jewett, in a letter to Annie Fields, 1882

Maine author Sarah Orne Jewett found love and formed a decades-long relationship of mutual respect and nurturing with Annie Fields, the flower of Boston society. This #PrideMonth, join us on a special tour of Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum & Visitor Center and hear in the words of Jewett and Fields themselves, from letters they wrote one another and in diary entries, about their special bond. The next Sarah and Annie: Pride Tour is this Saturday, 6/26.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/12649/soj-pride-2 to get your tickets today.

"I am yours most lovingly. S.O.J."
—Sarah Orne Jewett, in a letter to Annie Fields, 1882

Maine author Sarah Orne Jewett found love and formed a decades-long relationship of mutual respect and nurturing with Annie Fields, the flower of Boston society. This #PrideMonth, join us on a special tour of Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum & Visitor Center and hear in the words of Jewett and Fields themselves, from letters they wrote one another and in diary entries, about their special bond. The next Sarah and Annie: Pride Tour is this Saturday, 6/26.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/12649/soj-pride-2 to get your tickets today.

Do you know someone who’s assembled a unique collection of photographs, prints, postcards, menus, scrapbooks, advertisem...
06/22/2021

Do you know someone who’s assembled a unique collection of photographs, prints, postcards, menus, scrapbooks, advertisements, or other works on paper? Nominate them (or yourself!) for this year's Historic New England prizewinner for Collecting Works on Paper.

We are seeking nominees whose collections document the lives of our region’s diverse communities. The award includes $500 and a membership to Historic New England.

Apply by Monday, 7/19, at 5 p.m.: https://www.historicnewengland.org/prize-for-collecting-2021/

📸 Derin Bray (2020 winner) collection of historic tattoo documents

Do you know someone who’s assembled a unique collection of photographs, prints, postcards, menus, scrapbooks, advertisements, or other works on paper? Nominate them (or yourself!) for this year's Historic New England prizewinner for Collecting Works on Paper.

We are seeking nominees whose collections document the lives of our region’s diverse communities. The award includes $500 and a membership to Historic New England.

Apply by Monday, 7/19, at 5 p.m.: https://www.historicnewengland.org/prize-for-collecting-2021/

📸 Derin Bray (2020 winner) collection of historic tattoo documents

#TriviaTuesday In 1675 on this day, Charles II of England established the country’s first state-funded scientific instit...
06/22/2021

#TriviaTuesday In 1675 on this day, Charles II of England established the country’s first state-funded scientific institution. In this painting from our collection, the building is just barely visible on the hills in the background, seated behind the Greenwich Hospital. Can you name the building?

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

#TriviaTuesday In 1675 on this day, Charles II of England established the country’s first state-funded scientific institution. In this painting from our collection, the building is just barely visible on the hills in the background, seated behind the Greenwich Hospital. Can you name the building?

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

Doing #NationalSelfieDay the Historic New England way…with a stereographic twist! The photographer in this stereograph f...
06/21/2021

Doing #NationalSelfieDay the Historic New England way…with a stereographic twist!

The photographer in this stereograph from our collection captured his likeness in a gazing ball in the Baker Estate garden.

📸 C. Seaver, Ridge Hill Farms, Baker Estate, Wellesley, Mass. See more archival images at HistoricNewEngland.org/collections.

Doing #NationalSelfieDay the Historic New England way…with a stereographic twist!

The photographer in this stereograph from our collection captured his likeness in a gazing ball in the Baker Estate garden.

📸 C. Seaver, Ridge Hill Farms, Baker Estate, Wellesley, Mass. See more archival images at HistoricNewEngland.org/collections.

Tomorrow is #Juneteenth! On its way to becoming a federal holiday, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the Uni...
06/18/2021

Tomorrow is #Juneteenth! On its way to becoming a federal holiday, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation outlawed slavery in 1862, Union soldiers finally arrived in Texas—where slavery was still illegally practiced—on June 19, 1865, to enforce the proclamation.

Visit https://www.patriotledger.com/story/news/2021/06/11/juneteenth-celebrations-massachusetts-rhode-island-new-hampshire-connecticut-maine-1865-end-slavery/7526866002/ ​for a list of Juneteenth celebrations across New England to reflect on liberation, or https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/clause for our virtual lecture, "The Terrible Power of the Constitution's Three-Fifths Clause," to learn more about the conditions that so long held slavery in place.

Tomorrow is #Juneteenth! On its way to becoming a federal holiday, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation outlawed slavery in 1862, Union soldiers finally arrived in Texas—where slavery was still illegally practiced—on June 19, 1865, to enforce the proclamation.

Visit https://www.patriotledger.com/story/news/2021/06/11/juneteenth-celebrations-massachusetts-rhode-island-new-hampshire-connecticut-maine-1865-end-slavery/7526866002/ ​for a list of Juneteenth celebrations across New England to reflect on liberation, or https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/clause for our virtual lecture, "The Terrible Power of the Constitution's Three-Fifths Clause," to learn more about the conditions that so long held slavery in place.

Gloves at the ready…enjoy #FathersDay with an afternoon of vintage baseball at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm ⚾Join us this ...
06/17/2021

Gloves at the ready…enjoy #FathersDay with an afternoon of vintage baseball at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm ⚾

Join us this Sunday to watch a historically accurate game using 1860s rules: players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and gloves are not allowed.

Sound fun? Get tickets for you and dad at https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-3.

Gloves at the ready…enjoy #FathersDay with an afternoon of vintage baseball at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm ⚾

Join us this Sunday to watch a historically accurate game using 1860s rules: players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and gloves are not allowed.

Sound fun? Get tickets for you and dad at https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-3.

#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.

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👍🏼 Come on, let's all join in saving the architectural integrity of this outstanding, Italian Renaissance building--including its spectacular, iconic DOME❗️ The Blessed Sacrament Church building, Jamaica Plain.
If people are "genuinely" interested in saving and prospering the legacy of the former Blessed Sacrament Church in Boston's JP neighborhood, we "Friends of Blessed Sacrament" welcome you. If you would sincerely like to help us honor the dignity and history of this building---please contact me directly via Private Message here on Facebook. We'd love to hear from you. THANK YOU! -- Dorothy V. Malcolm
Good afternoon from Naval History and Heritage Command! We are reaching out to you because we recently launched our annual Navy History and Heritage Awards (NHHA) Program and thought your organization might be interested. These awards were created to recognize public, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations who incorporate the history and heritage of the U.S. Navy into their publications, documents, and artifacts at their facilities. Winners will receive a plaque, pennant, and certificate of award. NHHC Navy Museums Division will be hosting a Zoom information session about the awards program on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The information session will take place at the following link: https://usnwc.zoom.us/j/94225213512?pwd=endaMUNweDZCY09hZlkrSys2dkRCUT09 Meeting ID: 942 2521 3512 Passcode: 714150 Applications are due June 1, 2021. Award winners will be announced on August 2, 2021. For detailed information about the awards categories, frequently asked questions, and to download applications, check out our website: https://www.history.navy.mil/get-involved/nhhc-awards-program.html For any additional questions, please contact [email protected]. Thank you, and we hope to hear from you!
Eustis Estate, Dec 2017 photo by Tisha Shaughnessy-Sullivan
Detail, Eustis Estate, Milton, MA Dec 2017 photo by Tisha Shaughnessy-Sullivan
Jess Provenzano
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 :-)