Historic New England

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.

Mission: We serve the public by preserving and presenting New England heritage.

Operating as usual

11/17/2020

Tune in tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. as we livestream from our conservation lab to meet Phillip the Pheasant and see our other interesting historic objects! Wednesday, 11/18, is #AskAConservator Day, so if you have any art conservation questions or want to know more about a specific object, comment below and we'll try to give you an answer tomorrow.

Hope to see you tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.!

Have you binged #TheQueensGambit on Netflix yet? ♟️ The show inspired us to dust off one of our old chess boards…#Trivia...
11/17/2020

Have you binged #TheQueensGambit on Netflix yet? ♟️ The show inspired us to dust off one of our old chess boards…

#TriviaTuesday Likely made in the mid-1800s, this pine wood game board original to Cogswell's Grant marries chess and checkers with its intelligently designed pieces. Notice how it the players can stack additions on top of the checkers pieces to convert them to chess pieces. Which game is older: chess or checkers?

Give us your best guess in the comments, and then check back later for the answer.

11/16/2020
Wednesday is #AskAConservator Day!

Join us this Wednesday, 11/18, at 12:30 p.m. as we Facebook livestream straight from our conservation lab! You'll see a walkthrough of the lab, get a close-up view of some objects undergoing conservation, and have some of your FAQs answered.

Have a question you'd like to ask about historic object and art conservation? Drop it below in the comment section, and we'll do our best to answer on Wednesday.

On the lookout for a present to give the history-loving person in your life this holiday season? Give them the gift of a...
11/16/2020

On the lookout for a present to give the history-loving person in your life this holiday season? Give them the gift of a Historic New England membership! Plus, for the first time, gift membership recipients will get a free tote bag this year! 🎁 👜

A gift membership gives access to great benefits, including:
• Free admission to our beautiful historic sites
• Free or discounted tickets to virtual and in-person events
• Historic New England magazine
• 10% off all museum shop and greenhouse purchases

Purchase by Tuesday, 12/1, to receive by Thursday, 12/10, or by Tuesday, 12/15, to receive by Friday, 12/25. Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/get-involved/memberships/gift-memberships/ to purchase a gift membership today. #MembershipMonday

Tis the season for curling up inside with a good book! 📚 With its shaggy Marcel Breuer chaise lounge, warm sunlight, and...
11/13/2020

Tis the season for curling up inside with a good book! 📚 With its shaggy Marcel Breuer chaise lounge, warm sunlight, and books galore, the Gropius House living room looks like the perfect place to hole up for the winter. Tour Gropius House Saturdays and Sundays to appreciate its unique combination of Bauhaus and traditional New England interiors. Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/gropius-house/ for tickets. All guests must wear a mask.

Shout out to IG user readeatsee for today's cozy #FanPhotoFriday!

💍 With the colder weather already here, we are expanding our micro-wedding options to offer two of our lovely historic i...
11/12/2020

💍 With the colder weather already here, we are expanding our micro-wedding options to offer two of our lovely historic indoor spaces for your special celebration. Now, you can hold an intimate ceremony in the Eustis Estate or the Lyman Estate for just $695. All guests must wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distance.

Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/introducing-micro-wedding-ceremonies-2-0/ for more information.

#VeteransDay In this photo, over two thousand girls and boys form a "living flag" on grandstands in the Boston Common. (...
11/11/2020

#VeteransDay In this photo, over two thousand girls and boys form a "living flag" on grandstands in the Boston Common. (Notice how the flag they form includes just forty-five stars!) These children donned red, white, and blue clothing and sang various songs as veterans who served the Union during the Civil War paraded past.

See more archival images at HistoricNewEngland.org/collections.

📸 Leon E. Dadmun, 1904

Congratulations to the 2020 community preservation grants awardees! Each year, Historic New England awards one Herbert a...
11/10/2020

Congratulations to the 2020 community preservation grants awardees! Each year, Historic New England awards one Herbert and Louise Whitney Fund Community Preservation Grant to a small to medium-size heritage preservation organization in each New England state to support projects that save and share their communities’ diverse heritage.

This year, Historic New England awarded grants to these six organizations:
• Westport Museum for History & Culture in Connecticut
• Phippsburg Historical Society in Maine
• Jefferson Historical Society in New Hampshire
• Bristol Historical & Preservation Society in Rhode Island
• Lost Mural Project in Vermont
• Chinese Historical Society of New England - CHSNE in Massachusetts

Pictured below, see the Lost Mural Project's work on cleaning, stabilizing, and restoring the original bright colors of a historic synagogue mural. Additionally, pictured below you can see a painting by local artist Mong Q. Lee that is part of CHSNE's work to begin processing the society’s important collection that documents the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England.

Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/six-community-preservation-grants-awarded-2020/ to read more about each organization and the projects these grants are supporting.

Join us for a night of chamber music livestreamed from in the intimate and period-appropriate setting for which it was o...
11/10/2020

Join us for a night of chamber music livestreamed from in the intimate and period-appropriate setting for which it was originally written. 🎵 This Sunday, 11/15, tune in for the Handel and Haydn Society’s performances of pieces by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven in the eighteenth-century Lyman Estate mansion.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/6814/11058 for tickets.

Who wrote the first gay American novel? 🤔 A little-known novel serialized in The Atlantic may hold the answer. A MARSH I...
11/09/2020

Who wrote the first gay American novel? 🤔 A little-known novel serialized in The Atlantic may hold the answer. A MARSH ISLAND (1885) by Sarah Orne Jewett is significant for being the first novel to explore major, now-familiar facets of a burgeoning modern gay American consciousness.

Learn more about the novel, its themes, and the woman behind it this Thursday, 11/12, at our virtual talk co-sponsored by The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston, “Looking for the First Gay American Novel: A Forgotten Book by Sarah Orne Jewett.”

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/6800/novel for tickets.

📸 Annie Fields and Sarah Orne Jewett, 148 Charles St., Boston.

Hoping this lovely fall scene at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm brings you some peace today. Don't forget, you can visit the...
11/06/2020

Hoping this lovely fall scene at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm brings you some peace today. Don't forget, you can visit the grounds every day from dawn to dusk and see our new horse Captain, plus all the other farm animals.

We have IG user gracehrmclaughlin to thank for capturing some classic New England fall foliage in today's #FanPhotoFriday. 🍂

Don’t miss the last two Botanical Bliss–themed Virtual Twilight Talks coming up! 🌷On Wednesday, 11/11, hear about Victor...
11/05/2020

Don’t miss the last two Botanical Bliss–themed Virtual Twilight Talks coming up! 🌷

On Wednesday, 11/11, hear about Victorian women’s fascination with all things floral in “Ladies in the Field: The Victorian Pastimes of Botany and Gardening.” https://my.historicnewengland.org/6830/hgo-gardening

Then on Wednesday, 11/18, learn more about Harvard University’s collection of 4,300 glass flower models in “The Glass Flowers: Marvels of Art and Science.” https://my.historicnewengland.org/6830/hgo-flowers

📸 Arthur Shurcliff, 1899

For #ElectionDay, we found this blue velvet dress in our collection once belonging to Miss Caroline Louisa Williams Fren...
11/03/2020

For #ElectionDay, we found this blue velvet dress in our collection once belonging to Miss Caroline Louisa Williams French of Roxbury and Boston. Originally purchased in 1883 from Mlle. Camille Lipman of Paris, the dress suggests Miss French may have been a suffragist, as one of her relatives wore it to a celebration of the nineteenth amendment’s passage in 1920.

As 2020 is both an election year and the centennial of the nineteenth amendment, we recognize those suffragists who paved the way for expanded voting rights and acknowledge that voter suppression remains an issue that many continue to face today.

Spend the holidays with Historic New England! Between house tours, open landscapes, and upcoming events, there are plent...
11/02/2020

Spend the holidays with Historic New England! Between house tours, open landscapes, and upcoming events, there are plenty of holiday happenings for you and your family to enjoy. ⛄

See the Eustis Estate with Victorian trimmings at our upcoming Victorian Holiday Market, take a guided tour of Gropius House, walk around Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm’s grounds, and more.

Safety remains our priority. All guests must wear a mask. Events have limited capacity and are optimized for social distancing.

For an updated list of open properties and upcoming events, visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/holiday-happenings-at-historic-new-england/.

11/01/2020
Rhode Island Latino Arts

Tune in tomorrow night for this virtual event! In collaboration with Rhode Island Latino Arts, we are documenting the construction of the altar, and photographs will be shared by both organizations.

NOTICE 👉🏼 Due to the unsettled weather forecast this weekend, our Community Ofrenda event for Día de Los Muertos will take place ONLY on Monday, November 2nd. Join us for reflection and light, and come to set up a personal altar on the steps of the Providence Public LIbrary, Downtown PVD. More details: http://www.rilatinoarts.org/DiaDeLosMuertosRI.html

#diadelosmuertos #ofrenda Trinity Repertory Company Providence Public Library

Happy Halloween from Historic New England! 🦇🎃🍫 Visit HistoricNewEngland.org/collections to see more vintage Halloween po...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween from Historic New England! 🦇🎃🍫 Visit HistoricNewEngland.org/collections to see more vintage Halloween postcards.

❄️ Brrr...Boston is getting its first snow of the season today! #FBF to this photo from the early 1900s of the Boston Co...
10/30/2020

❄️ Brrr...Boston is getting its first snow of the season today! #FBF to this photo from the early 1900s of the Boston Common during a snowstorm. Is it snowing where you are today?

📸Halliday Historic Photograph Co.

If you’re skipping out on trick-or-treating this year, we’ve got a great outdoor alternative lined up for you: this Satu...
10/29/2020

If you’re skipping out on trick-or-treating this year, we’ve got a great outdoor alternative lined up for you: this Saturday, 10/31, is the last regular Coastal Growers Farmers Market of the season at Casey Farm! Satisfy your Halloween sweet tooth with delicious fresh fruits, baked goods, coffee, and more. Stop by between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to enjoy one last installment of our favorite Rhode Island farmers market. 🥕 🍅 🥒

"'Unlike larger art museums, we have the ability to be more nimble because we’re a smaller operation...We deliberately c...
10/26/2020
Historic homes struggle to reopen in COVID-compliant way - CommonWealth Magazine

"'Unlike larger art museums, we have the ability to be more nimble because we’re a smaller operation...We deliberately chose houses we thought would benefit the public the most and where we could safely conduct guided tours,'" said Historic New England's Peter Gittleman, team leader for visitor experience.

How are historic homes coping with #COVID19? Small spaces and proper ventilation make reopening difficult, but some museums, like our own Eustis Estate, were able to hold modified tours. See more from Commonwealth Magazine about how historic house museums are using their grounds and properties creatively during the pandemic.

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/arts-and-culture/historic-homes-struggle-to-reopen-in-covid-compliant-way/

THE YEAR 2020 was shaping up to be a banner year for the Orchard House in Concord, the home where Louisa May Alcott lived and wrote the classic book Little Women. On Christmas 2019, the Greta Gerwig film adaptation of Little Women was released, set in a replica of Orchard House. By February, visits....

“To the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” – William Blake 🌳Learn about some of New England’...
10/26/2020

“To the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.” – William Blake 🌳

Learn about some of New England’s best landscapes and the creative minds behind them with our four-part Virtual Twilight Talks series. Join us for the first installment this Wednesday, 10/28, for “Jewel in the Emerald Necklace: The Arnold Arboretum,” an intimate look at one of Frederick Law Olmsted’s best preserved landscapes. https://my.historicnewengland.org/6830/hgo-arboretum

Then, tune in for “Designing Mount Auburn: A Most Pleasing Effect on the Eye” next Wednesday, 11/4, to learn more about Mount Auburn Cemetery and how it pioneered a new American landscape of putting “the garden in the grave.” https://my.historicnewengland.org/6830/hgo-mt-auburn

📸 Funerary monument by Margaret Foley, Mount Auburn Cemetery, c. 1846-1861

Happy #FanPhotoFriday! We love these blooms from IG user adrianbryceee's recent visit to Hamilton House. Although the in...
10/23/2020

Happy #FanPhotoFriday! We love these blooms from IG user adrianbryceee's recent visit to Hamilton House. Although the interior of the house is closed for the season, Hamilton House's grounds are open to the public every day for free from dawn to dusk, so come and enjoy the beautiful gardens in person. 🌼

As we learned from #AskAnArchivist Day two weeks ago, archivists preserve and describe historic documents. Revisiting im...
10/22/2020

As we learned from #AskAnArchivist Day two weeks ago, archivists preserve and describe historic documents. Revisiting images from the collections to give them context and view them through a more inclusive lens is another integral part of the archival process.

So what do you see when you look at this picture? When it was originally catalogued in our collection, its description started and ended with the basics: the image captures the home of Paul Revere by Henry Greenwood Peabody for the Detroit Photographic Company, c. 1900. But the details—from the Italian signage to the children’s hand gestures—tell a deeper, more nuanced story of life in Boston’s North End at the turn of the century.

To read Library and Archives Manager Cristina Prochilo’s full blog post about this image, visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/more-than-meets-the-eye-updating-archival-image-descriptions/.

It’s with *unbridled* enthusiasm that we introduce Captain, the newest addition to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm! 🐴  Captai...
10/21/2020

It’s with *unbridled* enthusiasm that we introduce Captain, the newest addition to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm! 🐴 Captain is a Quarter Horse mix from MSPCA at Nevins Farm and is about twenty years old. He has glaucoma, but he is happy, healthy, and adjusting well to his new home. The farm’s grounds are open from dawn til dusk, so stop by to say hello! (Just be mindful that he is still getting settled and used to new surroundings.)

Older horses like Captain are hard to place because they are not rideable. We are grateful to have the space and hands available to give these animals a comforting place to spend the remainder of their lives, and we couldn't do it without our volunteers and supporters of all kinds. To help us maintain the farm and take care of these animals, please consider donating at HistoricNewEngland.org/give.

📸 by Matthew Muise

#TriviaTuesday In 1979 #onthisday, President Carter attended a dedication ceremony for a new building in Boston created ...
10/20/2020

#TriviaTuesday In 1979 #onthisday, President Carter attended a dedication ceremony for a new building in Boston created in President Kennedy’s honor. For what building was this ceremony being held?

Give us your best guess in the comments, and then check back later for the answer.

📸 Verner Reed photographic collection, 1957

Join us this Thursday, 10/22, for an illustrated online talk that tells the sweeping story of the Lower East Side’s stor...
10/19/2020

Join us this Thursday, 10/22, for an illustrated online talk that tells the sweeping story of the Lower East Side’s storied Henry Street Settlement and its enduring vision of a more just society.

The settlement house movement, which also included the House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association in Salem, was a Progressive Era crusade dedicated to tackling the problems of poverty by “settling” in and serving impoverished communities at a time of skyrocketing immigration, urbanization, and industrialization. Founded in 1893 by Lillian Wald, the Henry Street Settlement represented her dreams for a better society: one where all have equal access to healthcare, and where divides of ethnicity, race, and class were bridged.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/6800/henry-street for tickets.

📸 House of the Seven Gables, Salem, Mass., Mary H. Northend, c. 1880s

Tomorrow is the last day Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House is open this season! We can't wait to see pictures from ever...
10/16/2020

Tomorrow is the last day Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House is open this season! We can't wait to see pictures from everyone who got tickets for guided tours, and we look forward to seeing you again next year. Make sure to tag us @historicnewengland and #historicnewengland on Instagram for the chance to be featured on our page. Shoutout to jasonbakerphotography on IG for today's beautiful #FanPhotoFriday!

Remember, members tour all Historic New England sites for free, so a membership can pay for itself in just a few visits. Learn more at HistoricNewEngland.org/Membership.

Exciting news: tickets are now on sale for our art exhibition Artful Stories! 🎨🖼️🖌️ The show is now on view in the Eusti...
10/14/2020

Exciting news: tickets are now on sale for our art exhibition Artful Stories! 🎨🖼️🖌️ The show is now on view in the Eustis Estate and brings together paintings from ten different house museums as well as from Historic New England’s storage facility. As part of the Eustis Estate’s new self-guided tour experience, Artful Stories features works of art made in or about New England spanning more than 200 years. Visit HistoricNewEngland.org/ArtfulStories for an online preview.

Strict health protocols are in place in order to keep everyone safe. All guests must wear a face mask, and there is limited capacity. Advance tickets strongly encouraged.

🎟️ HistoricNewEngland.org/EustisEstate

Need an excuse to start your holiday shopping early? 🛍️ Make sure you visit this year’s Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and C...
10/13/2020

Need an excuse to start your holiday shopping early? 🛍️ Make sure you visit this year’s Roseland Cottage Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, this Saturday, 10/17, and Sunday, 10/18! Shop the work of artisans at this two-day, all-outdoor market and peruse wares including jewelry, woodworking, pottery, glass, toys, paintings, clothing, metalwork, and much more.

We have adapted this outdoor event to optimize social distancing and meet Historic New England’s health regulations and protocols. All guests must wear a face mask, and there will be no food for sale. There is limited capacity for the event, and we are using timed entry tickets, so we strongly encourage purchasing tickets in advance. Get your tickets at https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/?keyword=roseland+cottage+fine+arts+festival.

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