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Events Calendar — 41 events

Fall Orchid Sale

Friday, October 24 – Sunday, October 26, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.


Celebrate orchid-blooming season. Hundreds of orchid plants are for sale, including many hard-to-find varieties. Visit the greenhouses and enjoy gorgeous floral colors, shapes, and scents. Among the many varieties on display and for sale are Cattleyas, Laelias, Oncidiums, Paphiopedilums, and Phalaenopsis. Their long-lasting blooms make orchids a dramatic addition to any indoor environment. This adaptable species can grow in a variety of home conditions. Staff are on hand to offer expert advice. Garden and Landscape members receive a 15% discount on purchases at the greenhouses.

Join us again for a workshop of growing orchids on Saturday, November 8.

Please call 781-891-1985 for more information.

Tricks, Treats, and Treasures

Friday, October 31, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.




Join the sea shanty-singing Salem pirates for tricks, treats, and treasures at Historic New England’s Phillips House on Halloween night.


Please call 978-744-0440 for more information.

Morning at the Mansions: Visit Waltham's Historic Estates

Sunday, November 2, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, Mass.
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.
Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate, 100 Robert Treat Paine Drive, Waltham, Mass.
Discover the grand country estates of prominent Bostonians on hundreds of beautiful acres in Waltham, a short carriage ride from Boston. Enjoy family-friendly activities at Gore Place, the Lyman Estate, and Stonehurst. Be sure to pack your blanket and lunch for a picnic on any one of the grounds.
•    From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lyman Estate, explore the mansion and look at photographs of other Historic New England properties to discover the many different shapes that make up buildings. Think about these shapes, colors, and styles and then combine them to design your own paper house. Play old-fashioned games in the estate's pleasure grounds. Visit and shop at the historic Lyman Estate Greenhouses.

•    From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Stonehurst, build a miniature stone structure—a wall, a tower, or even an arch—using natural clay as mortar. Inside, go on a hunt to find images from nature, which fill the outdoorsy Paine family's summer house, now owned by the City of Waltham.

•    From noon to 2:00 p.m. at Gore Place, take a tour of the first floor of this 1806 mansion using all your senses. It's no longer "look but don't touch" when you join the Multi-Sensory Ground-Floor Tour at Gore Place. A scale model of the mansion you can take apart and explore is featured.
Rain or shine. Please call 617-994-6678 for more information.

The Codmans and the Great War

Sunday, November 2, lecture 1:00 p.m., house tour 2:00 p.m.
Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

$10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

After war was declared in Europe in 1914, New England families like the Codmans, who had strong ties to France, felt reverberations. When war broke out, oldest brother and architect Ogden Codman, Jr., was at his chateau outside of Paris. While he and his staff made a daring, last-minute escape to the United States, his friend and co-author Edith Wharton remained in Europe to assist the war effort. In Lincoln, the Codman siblings threw themselves into homefront activities like knitting and canning. Dramatic letters from family and friends in Europe serving as ambulance drivers, nurses, aid workers, and soldiers kept the family abreast of news from the front lines. Drawn from material in Historic New England’s Library and Archives, this illustrated talk focuses on the First World War experience of the Codmans and their community.

The lecture takes place in the Carriage House followed by an optional tour of the Codman House museum.

Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Twentieth Annual Book Prize Award

Wednesday, November 5, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.


Each year, the Historic New England Book Prize honors one or more works that advance the understanding of the architecture, landscape, and material culture of New England and the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Join us in honoring the winners of the twentieth Book Prize: "With Eclat": The Boston Athenaeum and the Origin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Hina Hirayama, and Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection by Aimee E. Newell, Hilary Anderson Stelling, and Catherine Compton Swanson.

The evening includes a reception and remarks by the prize winners, followed by a book signing. The award-winning books are available for purchase.

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6678 or e-mail Reserve tickets now

Mementos: An Introduction to Jewelry of Life and Love

Thursday, November 6, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

Join Associate Curator Laura Johnson for a lecture illustrating some of Historic New England's extensive jewelry collection. Jeweled gifts such as watches, rings, bracelets, and cuff links mark major life transitions. These mementos help men and women tell stories about themselves and their families as gifts become treasured memories. Through these heirlooms this talk explores how New Englanders from the eighteenth century to today mark their important moments and memories of love and life.

Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Victorian Furniture: Design Run Amok or Inspired Creativity?

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Gov. Henry Lippitt House Museum, 199 Hope Street, Providence, R.I.
$5 Historic New England and Preserve Rhode Island members, $10 nonmembers
For decades, Victorian furniture has been reviled by designers and tastemakers. Historic New England Senior Curator Nancy Carlisle presents an illustrated lecture exploring the highs and lows of Victorian furniture design and suggests that its bad rap has more to do with late nineteenth-century attitudes than with the quality of the furniture itself. After the lecture, Carlisle and Lippitt House Director Carrie Taylor highlight pieces by the acclaimed firms of Pottier & Stymus (New York) and Anthony, Potter & Denison (Providence) in the museum’s collection. Light refreshments to follow.
In partnership with Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, a property of Preserve Rhode Island.
Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6678 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Beginning Orchid Growing Workshop

Saturday, November 8, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Lyman Estate Greenhouse, 185 Lyman St., Waltham, Mass.

$15 Garden and Landscape members, $20 Historic New England members, $25 nonmembers

You don't need a greenhouse to grow orchids. Learn the essentials to achieve success on your windowsill. Greenhouse Manager Lynn Ackerman teaches the best methods for lighting, watering, fertilization, repotting, and selection.

Registration is required. Please call 781-891-1985 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Behind the Canvas: An Art Tour of the Phillips House

Saturday, November 8, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

$10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

Enjoy a special tour highlighting the collection of international and American art at Phillips House. Learn about the family’s passion for collecting art and about the artists behind the canvas.

Registration is required. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Mementos of Pet Ownership in New England

Sunday, November 9, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

Birdcages, fish bowls, dog collars, headstones, squirrel cages and chewed furniture--these are the material remains of pet ownership in New England. Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle conducted a survey of roughly forty New England historical societies and history museums and located more than eighty objects associated with pets from the eighteenth through the early twentieth century. Together, these artifacts reveal surprising attitudes about different animals and uncover unexpected cultural assumptions. This talk features some of the beloved animals of the Jewett family.
Registration is required. Please call 207-384-2454 for more information. Purchase tickets now
Events Calendar — 41 events