Online Exhibitions and Collections Highlights
Historic New England's renowned collection of historic wallpaper is one of the largest in the country.
No matter where they live or who they are, people express their deepest emotions and commemorate their most treasured moments through jewelry. Historic New England's collection features more than 2,500 pieces.
See highlights from and explore finding aids for Historic New England's family manuscript collections.
The state of Massachusetts boasts an unparalleled output of furniture. Explore more than 800 pieces in Historic New England's collection.
Photographic materials, postcards, memorabilia, and more document the Cape Cod Canal from its construction in the 1910s to the early 2010s.
One of Historic New England's most significant photographic collections, approximately 2,500 original negatives and 6,000 original prints preserve the work of celebrated marine and architectural photographer Nathaniel L. Stebbins.
Explore the one hundred-year history of the Plum Island Airport, leased from Historic New England's Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts.
Verner Reed worked for Life magazine from 1953 to 1958, and his photographs were also featured in national magazines such as Fortune and Time, as well as in Vermont Life and other regional publications. Key themes emerge in this overview of Reed's work, including the contrast between rural and urban life and an affection for "old New England" as an ideal way of life. The exhibition draws from the Verner Reed Archive, donated to Historic New England by Verner and Deborah Reed in 2002.
In the northeast, New England’s cool oceans, quiet forests, and historic towns drew African Americans as well as whites. Recognizing an opportunity, some entrepreneurs started businesses to serve black vacationers along the New England coast. Although racism and de facto discrimination were very much present in New England, African Americans carved out spaces where they did not have to compromise on safety, quality, and comfort.
Featuring oral history interviews with a food
historian, a shellfish constable, and clam diggers, this exhibition
illustrates a century of the North Shore clamming industry. The themes
of this exhibition explore the clam's significance as a New England
symbol, as a local economic engine, as part of a regional cuisine, and
as a natural resource.
Two hundred years ago New England milk and
cream traveled only a short distance from the cow to the table. In the
hundred years between 1860 and 1960, people moved away from farms and
cows, and dairying changed from women's work at home into a mechanized
Consider the region's rich heritage of garden
design. Drawn from an exhibition culled from Historic New England's
Library and Archives, these images illustrate the major themes of
American landscape history.
Take a close look at thirteen
pieces from Historic New England's collection of Newbury and
Newburyport furniture made in these towns from the mid-eighteenth
through the early nineteenth century.
The Transferware Collectors Club and Winterthur partnered with Historic New England on this definitive online database of English printed pottery with nineteenth-century images celebrating the new United States.
Discover the history of the preservation movement in New England.