Northeast Museum Services Center

Northeast Museum Services Center We assist with the preservation, protection, management, documentation, and conservation of National Park Service museum and archival collections in the Northeast Region.
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The Northeast Region, one of seven regions that make up the National Park Service, is responsible for the care and preservation of more than 26,000,000 nationally significant items. The NPS museum collections in the Northeast include the landscape drawings of Frederick Law Olmsted, the library of John Quincy Adams, archeological collections from Jamestown, Civil War archival collections at Gettysburg, and natural history specimens collected from Shenandoah.

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It's National Packaging Design Day, and we love any excuse to show off our packing skills!  ;)  NMSC's archeology team p...
05/07/2021

It's National Packaging Design Day, and we love any excuse to show off our packing skills! ;) NMSC's archeology team prepares collections for long-term storage by housing them in archival-quality bags, trays, and boxes. For fragile, oversized items, we break out cavity-packing tools and supplies and create custom enclosures. It's always rewarding to see the result and know the objects we work with will be safely packed and yet accessible to park staff and researchers. #NationalPackagingDesignDay

Here at NMSC, we love helping parks with collections-based projects.  Preservation is the name of the game, and we love ...
05/06/2021

Here at NMSC, we love helping parks with collections-based projects. Preservation is the name of the game, and we love to play! This May, in honor of Preservation Month, we’ll be sharing some throwback photos from past preservation projects. These photos of a 2015 project at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site show NMSC’s Jessica and Alicia assisting park staff with cleaning and documenting 17th-century wooden beams. Now that was fun! #ThrowbackThursday #PreservationMonth

It's National Paranormal Day, and we'd like to introduce you to some ghosts we've met in our archeology lab.  No, not th...
05/03/2021

It's National Paranormal Day, and we'd like to introduce you to some ghosts we've met in our archeology lab. No, not the supernatural kind, the ceramic kind! Both of these small porcelain sherds look plain at first glance, but a closer look under the light reveals "ghosts" of handpainted decoration. Spooky... 👻

On this Arbor Day, let's all take a minute to appreciate our leafy friends.  So many of the decorated ceramics we see co...
04/30/2021

On this Arbor Day, let's all take a minute to appreciate our leafy friends. So many of the decorated ceramics we see come through our lab feature TREES! Here's a sample - enjoy!

On this Arbor Day, let's all take a minute to appreciate our leafy friends. So many of the decorated ceramics we see come through our lab feature TREES! Here's a sample - enjoy!

To all of you who guessed on this mystery object and all of you who were curious - SCALES!  Fascinating to think of all ...
04/29/2021

To all of you who guessed on this mystery object and all of you who were curious - SCALES! Fascinating to think of all the wonderful things hiding in small, old boxes! 🙂

Time for a fun challenge from our friends at Historic Deerfield!  What's in the box???  🧐
04/28/2021

Time for a fun challenge from our friends at Historic Deerfield! What's in the box??? 🧐

It's time for another #WhatIsItWednesday challege! Can you guess what's inside this little wooden box? We'll reveal the answer later today.

Do you love historic ceramics?  Do you love arts and crafts?  Then our most recent blog post is for YOU!  Historic Bever...
04/28/2021
Slips and Stamps! A Second Look at a Redware Chamber Pot

Do you love historic ceramics? Do you love arts and crafts? Then our most recent blog post is for YOU! Historic Beverly's recent conference on American redware inspired us to take a closer look at a chamber pot in the archeology collection at Minute Man National Historical Park. What's so special about this pot? Read our post and find out! And tell us, have you seen these golden arches before? (No, not the cheeseburger kind...)

“That toilet is gorgeous!”  Said no one ever.  Well, at least not in the last one hundred years or so.  While most people might not consider modern toilets pretty (feel free to chall…

It’s almost 9:00, and it’s past time to Reveille!  These brass mouthpieces from the archeology collection at Fredericksb...
04/27/2021

It’s almost 9:00, and it’s past time to Reveille! These brass mouthpieces from the archeology collection at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park likely once belonged to bugles or trumpets used during the Civil War. Buglers were essential to camp life and battle during the Civil War, and every regiment had multiple buglers assigned to each company. Distinct bugle calls told soldiers when to get up (Reveille!), when to prepare their horses, when to have breakfast, when to assemble for morning drills, and so on. During battle, bugle calls told soldiers when to prepare to fight, when to charge, and when to retreat. Artifacts can help us picture the Civil War; they can help us hear it as well!
*Bugle from the National Museum of American History and photograph from the Library of Congress shown for reference.*

Story time is back for school vacation week! 📚 Have you been missing #nmscstorytime? We have too! Join us Thursday for T...
04/20/2021

Story time is back for school vacation week! 📚

Have you been missing #nmscstorytime? We have too! Join us Thursday for TWO special school vacation edition of story time at 9AM and 11am EST right here on Facebook live.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Sometimes working in an archeology lab is a bit like a game of Hidden Pictures.  While cataloging artifacts from Frederi...
04/19/2021

Sometimes working in an archeology lab is a bit like a game of Hidden Pictures. While cataloging artifacts from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park, we were intrigued by this pearlware sherd showing just a bit of early 19th-century dress. A little hunting revealed a transfer-printed pattern called "The Woodsman," introduced by Spode in 1814. Now this tiny artifact can tell us a bit more about consumer choices in Fredericksburg in the early 19th century... and, we can see the whole outfit. 😉

Happy Patriot's Day!Interested in learning all about the battle that started the American Revolution? Well today's the d...
04/19/2021

Happy Patriot's Day!

Interested in learning all about the battle that started the American Revolution? Well today's the day! Minute Man National Historical Park is hosting #VirtualPatriotsDay and has hourly coverage of the battle in real time. We personally love these objects that may have "witnessed" history!

Our friends at Minute Man National Historical Park have been sharing some great content focused on the events of April 1...
04/16/2021

Our friends at Minute Man National Historical Park have been sharing some great content focused on the events of April 19, 1775. Check out these Revolutionary War-era artifacts normally on exhibit at the North Bridge Visitor Center! Stay tuned to the park's page and their website for #VirtualPatriotsDay activities and information! https://www.nps.gov/mima/patriots-day.htm

NMSC's Nikki and Jessica got to spend some quality time today with this gorgeous chamber pot from the archeology collect...
04/15/2021

NMSC's Nikki and Jessica got to spend some quality time today with this gorgeous chamber pot from the archeology collection at Minute Man National Historical Park. Want to know more about this beauty? Stay tuned to our blog in the coming weeks! And YES, you can absolutely label a chamber pot a gorgeous beauty.

NMSC's Nikki and Jessica got to spend some quality time today with this gorgeous chamber pot from the archeology collection at Minute Man National Historical Park. Want to know more about this beauty? Stay tuned to our blog in the coming weeks! And YES, you can absolutely label a chamber pot a gorgeous beauty.

OK everybody, it's MYSTERY ARTIFACT time!  We need your help identifying this small, cast, copper alloy object from the ...
04/14/2021

OK everybody, it's MYSTERY ARTIFACT time! We need your help identifying this small, cast, copper alloy object from the archeology collection at the African Meeting House. It's hard to tell from the photos, but it has an embossed "XO" pattern circling both the spherical and tubular portions. Our guesses so far include part of a curtain rod and part of a gas lighting fixture or fitting, although it seems a bit delicate for either of those. 🤔 The artifact was found in a pre-1855 context. Gas lighting was common in urban American interiors by the 1820s-30s, and components included all sort of interconnected brass parts, which were often elaborately ornamented (ah, those Victorians). Now we want to hear from YOU! What can you tell us about this artifact? What do you think it is? What do you make of the "XO" pattern?
*The African Meeting House is managed by the Museum of African American History, a cooperative partner of Boston African American National Historic Site.*

Shhhh!  It's National Library Week!  Many of the parks we work with in the Northeast preserve historic houses with libra...
04/08/2021

Shhhh! It's National Library Week! Many of the parks we work with in the Northeast preserve historic houses with libraries. These are just a few of them! Large or small, these spaces and the books therein are important parts of National Park Service sites and collections. So, what library have we missed? What's your favorite library within the NPS? #NationalLibraryWeek

It's springtime, and eager gardeners everywhere are breaking out the flowerpots and spades.  We love these 19th-century ...
04/07/2021

It's springtime, and eager gardeners everywhere are breaking out the flowerpots and spades. We love these 19th-century flowerpots from the archeology collections at Saratoga National Historical Park and Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and we've often wondered what types of plants they once held. Similar pots shown in these two period paintings offer a couple of lovely suggestions!

Looks like our friends at Minute Man are up to some spring cleaning of their exhibits. Check out their page this month f...
04/05/2021

Looks like our friends at Minute Man are up to some spring cleaning of their exhibits. Check out their page this month for #VirtualPatriotsDay content and more behind the scene looks at their collections!

04/02/2021
NMSC Story Time Week #6

Take me out to the ball game! ⚾️

Please enjoy this throwback baseball themed #NMSCStoryTime from April 2020. Nikki is obviously a Red Sox fan, but we want to know who you’re rooting for! Let us know below. 👇

BREAKING NEWS:  While examining some early 19th-century transfer-printed ceramics, NMSC staff came across this curious p...
04/01/2021

BREAKING NEWS: While examining some early 19th-century transfer-printed ceramics, NMSC staff came across this curious pattern. We're still analyzing the sherd, but it appears to depict a smartphone-type device. Research is in progress!

If you’ve visited Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park, you may have seen this hou...
03/26/2021

If you’ve visited Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park, you may have seen this house along the Sunken Road. Turns out, there’s a lot of fascinating history – and a fascinating woman! – behind the story of this house. The Innis House (pictured here in 2019 and 1866) was situated right in the middle of the Battle of Fredericksburg, and was hit by mortars and over a thousand bullets during the battle. According to local tradition, Martha Stephens, who lived in the house with her common law husband and children, refused to leave the house during the battle and tended to injured soldiers from both armies on site. Legend tells us that Martha even ripped her own skirts to make bandages for the wounded. In addition to her reputation as a war heroine, Martha was known by her contemporaries for being “too free and too outspoken." (We like her already!) She owned eight properties (operating an illegal saloon out of one of them) and never legally married in order to protect her assets.

During the rehabilitation of the Innis House in the 1970s, several 19th-century artifacts were discovered that help bring the history of the house to life. We're now cataloging these objects here at NMSC! Toys and a writing slate remind us there were children living here around the time of the Civil War. The bullets and mortar fragment speak to the battle that engulfed the house in December of 1862. We wonder if the jewelry and fancy buttons were worn by the free, outspoken, legendary heroine, Martha Stephens. What do you think? If you want to know more about this house and Martha Stephens, check out the park's blog we've attached in the comments! #WomensHistoryMonth

You may have seen pins like this around recently, celebrating vaccination against Covid-19.  We were instantly reminded ...
03/23/2021

You may have seen pins like this around recently, celebrating vaccination against Covid-19. We were instantly reminded of a remarkable artifact that passed through our lab several years ago. Archeologists attribute this early 20th-century pin to trial vaccinations against the 1918 influenza epidemic. Did you know that in 1918, people practiced social distancing and wore face masks in public? The pin shown here on the left is not from a museum collection, but we wonder if it someday might be. Perhaps in 2121, archeologists will be studying pins like this and reflecting on what people went through a hundred years before.

OK, folks, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect day to propose to your sweetheart, TODAY'S THE DAY.  It’s National Pro...
03/20/2021

OK, folks, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect day to propose to your sweetheart, TODAY'S THE DAY. It’s National Proposal Day! This set of rings is from the archeology collection at Boston National Historical Park. (What were they doing in the ground? Your guess is as good as ours!) Here’s a fun engagement ring story, NPS-style: On Valentine’s Day, 1916, Lieutenant Dwight Eisenhower proposed to Mamie Geneva Doud. He gave her his West Point class ring as an engagement ring! Ike had won Mamie’s affection, and that of her parents, by visiting with her mother and father while she was out on dates with other men. They were married for 53 years at the time of Ike’s death in 1969. So go on, pop the question! #WillYouMarryMe #NationalProposalDay

Top o' the morning!  ☘️  In honor of St. Patrick's Day today, we're sharing these two tiny but lovely artifacts from the...
03/17/2021

Top o' the morning! ☘️ In honor of St. Patrick's Day today, we're sharing these two tiny but lovely artifacts from the archeology collection at Lowell National Historical Park. The glass button has a four-leaf clover painted on its face, and the clay tobacco pipe is embossed with the word "Erin" - derivative of the Irish for "Ireland." We suspect these artifacts reflect the proud heritage of Irish immigrants who came to Lowell to live and work in the 19th century. How are you celebrating St. Patrick's Day today?

We hope you all remembered to set your clocks, watches, and pocket watches forward this morning!  This gorgeous silver p...
03/14/2021

We hope you all remembered to set your clocks, watches, and pocket watches forward this morning! This gorgeous silver pocket watch was discovered with a variety of other items within the walls of the Antram-Gray House at Roger Williams National Memorial. The house once functioned as a watch shop, but exactly what this artifact was doing in the walls is a bit of a mystery. Time capsule? Rats' nest? Magic? The possibilities are endless. We do know one thing for sure: smartphones are alright, but it's definitely time to bring back the pocket watch. #daylightsavings

We hope you all remembered to set your clocks, watches, and pocket watches forward this morning! This gorgeous silver pocket watch was discovered with a variety of other items within the walls of the Antram-Gray House at Roger Williams National Memorial. The house once functioned as a watch shop, but exactly what this artifact was doing in the walls is a bit of a mystery. Time capsule? Rats' nest? Magic? The possibilities are endless. We do know one thing for sure: smartphones are alright, but it's definitely time to bring back the pocket watch. #daylightsavings

Wouldn't you love to be on this call?? 😄 In honor of Women's History Month, our friends at Women's Rights National Histo...
03/11/2021

Wouldn't you love to be on this call?? 😄 In honor of Women's History Month, our friends at Women's Rights National Historical Park have compiled some incredible educational resources for all to learn from and enjoy. Check this out! #WomensHistoryMonth #remotelearning

Jane? Jane, can you please turn your camera on for attendance. Jane are you there? Jane?

Richard. . . We can’t really see you, could you please adjust your camera?

Yes Frederick. . . we know who you are, but you’re on mute.

Jane can you help Richard with his camera?

Martha, turn your filter off. You are not a cat! Martha!

You’re still on mute Frederick.


Teachers, your struggle is real. We hear you, and we’re here to help!

As we enter Women’s History Month, we are pleased to share with you several downloadable educational resources at every grade level for virtual classrooms and home learning. You can find them on our Curriculum Materials - Women's Rights National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) page. https://www.nps.gov/wori/learn/education/classrooms/curriculummaterials.htm

We’re excited to host Distance Learning and Live Virtual Tours with a Park Ranger Distance Learning - Women's Rights National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).
https://www.nps.gov/wori/learn/education/learning/index.htm

For independent and extended learning, Women's Rights National Historical Park - YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/WORInhp is chock-full of educational videos that include virtual art exhibits, apple pie making using a recipe from the 1800s, and tours of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home, and the Wesleyan Chapel, the site of the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention.

#findyourpark #encuentreatuparque

#DLDay #DLDaySTEM

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Our work is organized into four program areas: Documentation (Archival and Archeological Collections) Preservation Research and Planning Collections Conservation

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Just wanted to inform you of a mistaken identity on an item on one of your articles by JessicaC the article claims the first photo is a lead bale seal when it is actually a Spanish silver cob
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Welcome history lovers to a program in the Great Falls Historic District on Sunday, November 3, free lecture at 3:00 pm. Reception at 2:00 pm, $25 per person. Park on Market Street across from the Paterson Museum. Take trolley to the Art Factory 70 Spruce Street.
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