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Centennial Acquisitions

One of Historic New England's many Centennial initiatives was a special effort to acquire significant items that expand the depth and breadth of our collections.

Notable Among the newly-acquired objects are seven portraits associated with the Governor John Langdon family of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; family furnishings that have returned to the Sarah Orne Jewett House, South Berwick, Maine; and a stunning black and white photograph of the Methodist church in Stannard, Vermont, by Steve Rosenthal.

Henry Moore at Langdon
Foreground: bronze reclining figure by Henry Moore given by the artist to the Gropius family in Lincoln, Massachusetts. This acquisition was made possible by generous donations from The Henry Moore Foundations and several individual donors. Background: “Palais-Royal” French scenic wallpaper, France, 1805-1810. Block printed in grisaille on a blue background. Centennial gift of Mary Ann Morse and Brooks Banker.

Sayward coat of arms
Among the objects acquired during Historic New England's Centennial year: the Sayward family coat of arms. Sayward-Wheeler House in York Harbor, Maine, is owned by Historic New England.

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