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Online Exhibitions and Collections Highlights

From Clam Flats to Clam Shacks: Clamming on Massachusetts' North Shore
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.
Wallpaper at Historic New England
Let Historic New England help you explore wallpaper in New England from the 1750s to the 1950s. More information and access to Historic New England's extensive wallpaper collection are just a click away.
Jewelry at Historic New England
The collection is diverse in forms and materials and represents the variety of jewelry fashions that were popular with New Englanders over the past three centuries. It also reflects the rich history of jewelry making in New England beginning with individual goldsmiths in the eighteenth century and ending with the large costume jewelry companies of the twentieth century.
Claiming a Piece of the American Dream: African American Vacationers in New England, 1930-1964
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. In Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, a historic black vacation community continued to grow as families bought summer homes. 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.
100 Years of Aviation at Plum Island
This online exhibition documents the one hundred-year history of the Plum Island Airport, leased from Historic New England's Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts.
A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972
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, the person-to-person directness of American politics, the evolving notion of "the famous," awareness of environmental issues, 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.
From Dairy to Doorstep
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 industry.
Lost Gardens of New England
Lost Gardens of New England invites you to 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.
Patriotic America: Blue Printed Pottery Celebrating a New Nation
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.
Newbury Furniture
The following presentation highlights 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 centuries.
The Preservation Movement Then and Now
This traveling exhibition, consisting of 13 wall-hanging panels, traces the history of the preservation movement in New England.
Online Exhibitions and Collections Highlights