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Historic New England's tenth annual Program in New England Studies

Program in New England Studies

BOSTON – FEBRUARY 2013 – Historic New England presents the tenth annual Program in New England Studies, an intensive week-long exploration of New England from Monday, June 17 to Saturday, June 22.

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 museum collections – Historic New England’s properties and collections as well as other museums and private homes in the region.

The program offers a chronological examination of New England history and material culture from the seventeenth century through the Colonial Revival. Curators lecture on furniture, textiles, ceramics, art, and wallpaper, and cover their history and craftsmanship. Architectural historians explore a timeline of regional architecture, starting with the Massachusetts Bay style of the seventeenth century, through the Federal and Georgian eras, to Gothic Revival and the Colonial Revival. Participants visit historic sites and museums with curators and enjoy special receptions.

Expert lecturers include:

  • Nancy Carlisle, senior curator, Historic New England
  • Cary Carson, retired vice president of the research division at Colonial Williamsburg
  • Joseph Cornish, supervising preservation services manager, Historic New England
  • James L. Garvin, former state architectural historian, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
  • J. Ritchie Garrison, director, Winterthur Program in Early American Material Culture, University of Delaware
  • Ben Haavik, team leader for property care, Historic New England
  • Brock Jobe, professor of American decorative arts, Winterthur Museum
  • Dean Lahikainen, Carolyn and Peter Lynch curator of American decorative arts, Peabody Essex Museum
  • Kevin D. Murphy , professor and executive officer, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Robert Mussey, independent conservator
  • Jane C. Nylander, president emerita, Historic New England
  • Richard C. Nylander, curator emeritus, Historic New England
  • Robert Blair St. George, associate professor of history, University of Pennsylvania
  • Craig Tuminaro, regional site manager, 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

The group enjoys several receptions at private homes and travels to sites throughout New England for tours at Historic New England 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 furniture, ceramics, and textiles from Historic New England's extensive collection housed in a facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts; a special tour of the Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with Curator Gerald Ward; in-depth tours with Cary Carson at two Historic New England seventeenth-century properties; a special presentation of Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture with Brock Jobe at the historic Vilna Shul on Beacon Hill; and a tour followed by a reception on the terrace of the Beauport, 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 history and material culture and to hear from the connoisseurs who want to share information about their area of expertise.

Fees and Registration
The $1,500 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. Three scholarships are available to mid-career museum professionals and graduate students in the fields of architecture, decorative arts, material culture, or public history. 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, and is limited to twenty-five participants. For more information on the program, contact Joanne Flaherty at 617-994-6629 or visit our website.


Historic New England's tenth annual Program in New England Studies