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Wallpaper at Historic New England

Historic New England's renowned collection of historic wallpaper is one of the largest in the country.

Jewelry at Historic New England

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.

Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport Archive

Explore the archive of one of the most significant American furniture makers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Family and Business Papers

See highlights from and explore finding aids for Historic New England's family manuscript collections.

Nina Heald Webber Cape Cod Canal Collection

Photographic materials, postcards, memorabilia, and more document the Cape Cod Canal from its construction in the 1910s to the early 2010s.

Nathaniel L. Stebbins Photographic Collection

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.

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture

The state of Massachusetts boasts an unparalleled output of furniture. Explore more than 800 pieces in Historic New England's collection.

Online Exhibitions

Rock Rest horseshoes

100 Years of Aviation at Plum Island

Explore 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 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.

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. 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.

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.

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

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.

Newbury Furniture

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.

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.

The Preservation Movement Then and Now

Discover the history of the preservation movement in New England.


Online Exhibitions and Collections Highlights