Northeast Museum Services Center

Northeast Museum Services Center We assist with the preservation, protection, management, documentation, and conservation of National 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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Happy Birthday to Ranger Betty!  Thank you for your many years of service from all of us here at the Northeast Museum Se...
09/22/2021

Happy Birthday to Ranger Betty! Thank you for your many years of service from all of us here at the Northeast Museum Services Center! :)

Happy 100th to Ranger Betty Reid Soskin!

Betty Reid Soskin is the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service. Over the past decade and a half, Ranger Betty has shared her experiences as well as the efforts and sacrifices of women from diverse backgrounds living and working on the WWII home front at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park. Learn more about Betty’s inspiring work at: https://www.nps.gov/rori/learn/historyculture/betty-reid-soskin.htm

To mark this occasion, share your birthday messages, photos, or experiences attending one of her programs.

Want a virtual #RangerBetty100 stamp? Visit the Passport To Your National Parks website at http://ow.ly/LB3a50G2vPN

#FindYourInnerBetty #BeLikeBetty

Image: Betty Reid Soskin in front of park visitor center. NPS

It's day 1 of FALL!  And who doesn't love fall?  Tell us what kind of fall person you are by telling us which artifact y...
09/22/2021

It's day 1 of FALL! And who doesn't love fall? Tell us what kind of fall person you are by telling us which artifact you love more! Are you an indoor fall person who loves watching the leaves fall from inside with a book and a cozy cup of tea? You're this porcelain tea bowl from the archeology collection at Salem Maritime National Historic Site. Or are you an outside fall person who loves roughing it in the crisp autumn wilderness? You're this yelloware mug from the archeology collection at Minute Man National Historical Park. Come on, you have to pick just one... ☕️🍁

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been busy researching this very cool artifact - a pierced, 17th-century coin from t...
09/17/2021

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been busy researching this very cool artifact - a pierced, 17th-century coin from the archeology collection at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park. Want to know more about this coin and related artifacts from Minute Man National Historical Park and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site? Check out our new blog post! We are *lucky* to work with these amazing collections!
https://nmscarcheologylab.wordpress.com/2021/09/17/tale-of-a-taler-a-pierced-coin-from-the-jacob-jackson-home-site/

Over the past couple of weeks, we've been busy researching this very cool artifact - a pierced, 17th-century coin from the archeology collection at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park. Want to know more about this coin and related artifacts from Minute Man National Historical Park and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site? Check out our new blog post! We are *lucky* to work with these amazing collections!
https://nmscarcheologylab.wordpress.com/2021/09/17/tale-of-a-taler-a-pierced-coin-from-the-jacob-jackson-home-site/

We've been hard at work researching artifacts just like THIS ONE from Minute Man National Historical Park!  Want to know...
09/15/2021

We've been hard at work researching artifacts just like THIS ONE from Minute Man National Historical Park! Want to know more about pierced coins? Keep an eye out 👀 for a new blog post later this week!

It’s Museum Monday, and today we’re looking at this special object from the archeology collections at Minute Man.

This pierced, heavily worn silver coin was unearthed in the early 1960s. It started its life as an 18th century Spanish reale. At some point it appears it was purposefully pierced, so that the owner could wear as a pendant. Was it a good luck charm? We are sure this coin would tell some amazing stories if it could talk!

Want to know more?? Stay tuned here, our friends at Northeast Museum Services Center are working on a blog post about this coin, and others from various NPS sites.

#findyourpark #MinuteManNPS #EncuentraTuParque #museummonday

There's an exciting day coming up at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park!  Check out this event...
09/13/2021

There's an exciting day coming up at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park! Check out this event celebrating a courageous and inspiring American and the impact she had on our history!

It’s that time of year again. Join the National Park Service and Maryland State Parks for our annual #EmancipationDay Celebration! There will be programs, activities, and ranger-led talks going on from 10am to 3pm, as well as self-guided activities all day long. Mark down September 19th on your calendars for a fun fueled day in #tubmancountry!
Photo Credit: Maryland Park Service
#nationalparkservice
#marylandparkservice
#TeamTubman
#celebration
#findyourpark

Sharing this moving quote from our colleague Joel at Northeast Archeological Resources Program. NMSC staff have gotten t...
09/11/2021

Sharing this moving quote from our colleague Joel at Northeast Archeological Resources Program. NMSC staff have gotten to know the staff and collections at Flight 93 in the past 20 years and echo Joel’s words.

Keeping all of those affected by the September 11, 2001 attacks in our thoughts on the 20th anniversary.

“The unsettling thing about Flight 93 National Memorial is working at a site that has significance in our lifetime. It's kind of a rare thing and brings up feelings that you don't get at other parks. Where the plane crashed there once was a giant strip mine. I went back recently. It was my second or third visit to the park, there’s only one site there – a small family cemetery. On the last visit I was in awe of the transformation of the site from a strip mine, very little vegetation to large fields of wildflowers that were full of butterflies and birds. It was, I think, a nice thing to see the land healing.” - Joel, NARP archeologist

#FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Archaeology #EncuentraTuParque

Look who we found?!  Our former staff member Nikki is now curator at Minute Man National Historical Park, but lucky for ...
09/09/2021

Look who we found?! Our former staff member Nikki is now curator at Minute Man National Historical Park, but lucky for us she's not far away! NMSC's Jessica stopped by MIMA today to research some coins in the park's archeology collection. Stay tuned to our page for some pretty cool coin content!

Every Labor Day, we commemorate the struggles and achievements of the American worker throughout history.  Lowell Nation...
09/06/2021

Every Labor Day, we commemorate the struggles and achievements of the American worker throughout history. Lowell National Historical Park is a great place to learn about the history of American industry and the workforce behind it. Have you visited the park and seen the Boott Cotton Mills weave room, the boardinghouse, and the system of canals? Artifacts from the park’s archeology collection paint a picture of the individual lives of the men, women, and children who lived and worked in Lowell. Personal objects like this brooch and button speak to proud heritage and love and loss amidst the mill community. Intrigued? Learn more about these artifacts in our blog! (See links in comments.)
#LowellNPS #LikeLowell #LaborDay2021

Did you know that it is against the law to remove an artifact from NPS land?  There's good reason!  Archeological artifa...
08/31/2021

Did you know that it is against the law to remove an artifact from NPS land? There's good reason! Archeological artifacts inform our history, but only if they are preserved in context. Please keep this in mind while you're enjoying our national parks, and take photographs or visit the park gift shop for your souvenir! Thank you for doing your part to preserve our history.

Take only pictures, leave only footprints – we’ve all heard it, and hopefully we all live it!

This quote is often seen associated with the NPS “leave no trace” principle, which is the idea that rangers and other National Park Service staff can only manage so much and so we need the public’s help in keeping parks pristine—after all, we all have a role to play as stewards of our public lands. The quote also works for one of the most important principles in archeology – leaving artifacts in situ and thus preserving their context!

In situ, a Latin phrase you’ll see italicized wherever possible, simply means “on site” or “in position,” and for us, means, where it was left centuries or millennia ago. Even if an artifact appears to be disturbed from its original position, please leave it be, snap a photo, take GPS points, and alert a ranger. Why shouldn’t you keep it? It may be an integral clue to learning more about a lost piece of history through proper archeological investigation. Remember, artifacts are not souvenirs, but pieces of evidence that we can use to help answer questions about the past!

#FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Archaeology #EncuentraTuParque

Can you be happy and sad at the same time?  Yes, we can!  Last week, NMSC said good bye and good luck to our long-time c...
08/26/2021

Can you be happy and sad at the same time? Yes, we can! Last week, NMSC said good bye and good luck to our long-time colleague Nikki! After over 10 years at NMSC, Nikki has accepted the position of curator at Minute Man National Historical Park! As anyone who knows Nikki can attest, we can never replace her, but we are proud and thrilled for her in her new position. Have you worked with Nikki on a project? Did you love her virtual Story Times on Facebook? Please join us in congratulating Nikki and wishing her luck in her new NPS adventure! 🥳

Amazing artifact with very important history to tell!
08/23/2021

Amazing artifact with very important history to tell!

Does this weekend's forecast have you wondering about... historic lighting fixtures?  Glass "hurricanes" - cylindrical o...
08/21/2021

Does this weekend's forecast have you wondering about... historic lighting fixtures? Glass "hurricanes" - cylindrical or barrel-shaped glass shades - were first used around candle sticks to protect the flame from drafts. As lighting technology evolved, glass shades (also called chimneys) were used on oil and kerosene lamps. This Collins-style shade is from the archeology collection at Petersburg National Battlefield. Can you spot the glass shades in these photos of the parlor and drawing room at Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site and Hampton National Historic Site?

DO YOU LOVE MYSTERIES?  😱Today’s date, AUGUST 18, is a big one in the mysterious history of the Lost Colony of Roanoke I...
08/18/2021

DO YOU LOVE MYSTERIES? 😱Today’s date, AUGUST 18, is a big one in the mysterious history of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh sponsored an expedition to the New World led by John White. In July of that year, 118 men, women, and children sailed from England and landed on Roanoke Island. The group included White’s pregnant daughter, Eleanor Dare.

On AUGUST 18, 1587, Eleanor gave birth to Virginia Dare, known as the first English child born in the New World. John White left the colony weeks later, returning to England for supplies.

On AUGUST 18, 1590, on Virginia’s third birthday, White returned to Roanoke Island, finding it deserted.

The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island and the fate of its settlers remains a mystery, but research by historians and archeologists has led to some fascinating theories. Check out Fort Raleigh National Historic Site’s online resources for some great information! https://www.nps.gov/fora/learn/historyculture/roanoke-island-in-the-1500s.htm

*Postage stamp image courtesy of Smithsonian National Postal Museum. See photo caption for details.

Just another reason why plain redware is ANYTHING BUT BORING.  Thanks to our friends at the City of Boston Archaeology P...
08/16/2021

Just another reason why plain redware is ANYTHING BUT BORING. Thanks to our friends at the City of Boston Archaeology Program for sharing these fascinating artifacts and this compelling history!

⚠️ MYSTERY OBJECT ALERT! ⚠️What We Know:-Refined white bodied earthenware-Cream-colored glaze-Found between the African ...
08/12/2021

⚠️ MYSTERY OBJECT ALERT! ⚠️

What We Know:
-Refined white bodied earthenware
-Cream-colored glaze
-Found between the African Meeting House & the Smith School
-Early to mid-19th century context
-Six-sided star shape
-Glazed on 1 end, broken on other

What could it be from?

We have a few ideas but want to hear from you! 👇

Boston African American National Historic Site
Museum of African American History - Boston and Nantucket

Hope your Tuesday isn't too RUFF!We're throwing it back today with this wonderful photo of our former staff Dania, Victo...
08/10/2021

Hope your Tuesday isn't too RUFF!

We're throwing it back today with this wonderful photo of our former staff Dania, Victoria, and Jared with our favorite K9 Oscar. Talk about the best work-break buddy ever!

It's National Dog Day, and we just love this 2019 photo of NPS K-9 superstar Oscar with some adoring fans from NMSC! Hats off to Oscar for his hard work here in Boston, and to all of the other dedicated NPS K-9s out there!

Cataloging gets interesting when you're really hungry.  We think this glass mystery artifact might be part of a stopper,...
08/05/2021

Cataloging gets interesting when you're really hungry. We think this glass mystery artifact might be part of a stopper, or a finial, or a furniture k**b. But it's snacktime, and we decided to go with the most likely id: "PIE, WHOOPIE." We dare you to disagree!
(Preservation minded friends: don't worry, no artifacts were harmed by a whoopie pie in the making of this digital image.)

Cataloging gets interesting when you're really hungry. We think this glass mystery artifact might be part of a stopper, or a finial, or a furniture k**b. But it's snacktime, and we decided to go with the most likely id: "PIE, WHOOPIE." We dare you to disagree!
(Preservation minded friends: don't worry, no artifacts were harmed by a whoopie pie in the making of this digital image.)

Who doesn't love to color?!?  It's #NationalColoringBookDay, and in case you missed it last year, we're re-posting this ...
08/02/2021
NMSC Archeology ABCs Coloring Book

Who doesn't love to color?!? It's #NationalColoringBookDay, and in case you missed it last year, we're re-posting this coloring book created by NMSC staff and featuring NPS archeology collections. Need to get your kids ready for the dreaded back-to-school? Here's a fun way to add a few ABCs to your summer days! #FindYourPark #ColorYourPark #ArcheologyABCs

An awesome US letter designed in Canva by Northeast Museum Services Center.

There are a WHOLE BUNCH of ceramic sherds in the archeology collection from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battl...
07/29/2021

There are a WHOLE BUNCH of ceramic sherds in the archeology collection from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park! Mending this collection has revealed some lovely porcelain saucers and some molded ironstone plates from the 1840s. Now NMSC's Jessica is rolling up her sleeves to tackle the domestic stoneware. We anticipate some nice jars and crocks - stay tuned for more pics!

Did YOU know this fact?  History in the making!
07/28/2021
The First Women Doctors: Q&A with Author Olivia Campbell - Women at the Center

Did YOU know this fact? History in the making!

In 2019, for the first time in history, the majority of students in American medical schools were female. The battle for women's access to the medical profession has been long and arduous since 1849, when Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to gr...

Today is National Day of the Cowboy!  This little plastic toy cowboy was discovered within the walls of the Antram-Gray ...
07/24/2021

Today is National Day of the Cowboy! This little plastic toy cowboy was discovered within the walls of the Antram-Gray House at Roger Williams National Memorial during restoration work years ago. Most likely, it belonged to a child who lived and played in the house in the mid-20th century. Did you have cowboy toys like this one? #NationalDayOfTheCowboy
*NOT shown to scale 😆

Today is National Day of the Cowboy! This little plastic toy cowboy was discovered within the walls of the Antram-Gray House at Roger Williams National Memorial during restoration work years ago. Most likely, it belonged to a child who lived and played in the house in the mid-20th century. Did you have cowboy toys like this one? #NationalDayOfTheCowboy
*NOT shown to scale 😆

We love the "What-Is-It" game!  Do you know what this Y-shaped wooden object is?  Our friends at Hampton National Histor...
07/23/2021

We love the "What-Is-It" game! Do you know what this Y-shaped wooden object is? Our friends at Hampton National Historic Site will reveal the answer next Wednesday!

What's It Wednesday?

Can you guess what this collection object might be? Post your guesses in the comments and check back next Wednesday for the answer!

Photo: Two pieces of wood hinged together to form a “Y” shape (NPS)
#HamptonNationalHistoricSite #whatsitswednesday

Hayley found something cool!  While rehousing archeological artifacts from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battle...
07/19/2021

Hayley found something cool! While rehousing archeological artifacts from Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park, Hayley came across a very significant historic artifact: a token from an Aladdin's Castle arcade! Based on our internet sleuthing, it seems that Aladdin's Castle operated from the 1970s through the 1990s and had over 400 U.S. locations at its peak. So tell us, arcade-going children of the 80s, have you been to one?

Millions of years ago, much of Virginia was covered by ocean.  That might explain this megalodon tooth in the archeology...
07/16/2021

Millions of years ago, much of Virginia was covered by ocean. That might explain this megalodon tooth in the archeology collection at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park. The meaning of Carcharocles megalodon ("big toothed glorious shark") seems about right... megalodons were three times the size of great whites! #sharkweek2021

Millions of years ago, much of Virginia was covered by ocean. That might explain this megalodon tooth in the archeology collection at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park. The meaning of Carcharocles megalodon ("big toothed glorious shark") seems about right... megalodons were three times the size of great whites! #sharkweek2021

07/14/2021
Bonne Fête Nationale!

Bonne Fête Nationale! Or, en Anglais, Happy Bastille Day! The taking of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 marked the beginning of the French Revolution and the end of the ancient régime. This pitcher and saucer from the archeology collection at Saratoga National Historical Park picture 19th-century Americans' favorite Frenchman, the Marquis de Lafayette. The transfer-printed pattern, called Lafayette at Franklin's Tomb, is one example of the Lafayette-mania that took over American material culture in the early 19th century. Want to know more? Check out our blog post in the comments!

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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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