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Historic New England presents the Program in New England Studies

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BOSTON – January 2014 – Historic New England presents the Program in New England Studies, an intensive week-long exploration of New England from Monday, June 16, to Saturday, June 21, 2014.

The Program in New England Studies includes lectures by noted curators and architectural historians, workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and special access to historic house museums and collections.

Examine New England history and material culture from the seventeenth century through the Colonial Revival with some of the country’s leading experts in regional architecture and decorative arts. Curators lecture on furniture, textiles, ceramics, art, and wallpaper, including history, craftsmanship, and changing methods of production. Architectural historians explore New England architecture starting with the Massachusetts Bay style of the seventeenth century through the Federal and Georgian eras, to Gothic Revival and the Colonial Revival.

Expert lecturers include:

  • Sarah Butler, professor of art and architectural history, Roger William University
  • Nancy Carlisle, senior curator of collections, Historic New England
  • Cary Carson, retired vice president of the research division at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Lorna Condon, senior curator of library and archives, Historic New England
  • Joseph Cornish, supervising preservation services manager, Historic New England
  • Peter Follansbee, joiner, Plimoth Plantation
  • J. Ritchie Garrison, director, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
  • James L. Garvin, retired state architectural historian, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
  • Ben Haavik, team leader for property care, Historic New England
  • Brock Jobe, professor of American decorative arts, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
  • Laura Johnson, associate curator, Historic New England
  • Dean Lahikainen, Carolyn and Peter Lynch curator of American decorative art, Peabody Essex Museum
  • Robert Mussey, independent conservator
  • Jane C. Nylander, president emerita, Historic New England 
  • Richard C. Nylander, curator emeritus, Historic New England
  • Ken Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions, Historic New England
  • Gerald W. R. Ward, senior consulting curator and Katharine Lane Weems senior curator emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Richard Guy Wilson, chair, Department of Architectural History, University of Virginia

Travel throughout New England for tours and receptions at historic properties in Greater Boston; Essex County, Massachusetts; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; South Berwick, Maine; and Woodstock, Connecticut. There are workshops where participants spend time with curators examining items from Historic New England's extensive collection; special visits to private homes and collections; in-depth tours with Cary Carson at two Historic New England seventeenth-century properties; a demonstration of seventeenth-century furniture making techniques; and a champagne reception on the terrace of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, on Gloucester Harbor. The program is a chance to meet people from all over the country who want to learn more about New England and to hear from the connoisseurs who want to share information about their area of expertise.

Fees and Registration
The $1,550 fee includes all lectures, admissions, guided tours, transportation to and from special visits and excursions, daily breakfast and lunch, scheduled evening receptions, and various service charges.

The Program in New England Studies is designed to appeal to owners of historic houses, private collectors, museum professionals, graduate students, and those who enjoy New England history. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five participants. For a complete itinerary and registration information visit our website or call 617-994-6629.

Media Contact: Susanna Crampton,

About Historic New England
Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. We share the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. Visit


Historic New England presents the Program in New England Studies