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Events Calendar — 27 events

Holiday Sale at Gropius House

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 28, 29, and 30, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Gropius House, 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Mass.

Admission is free to the gift sale

Visit Gropius House for a tour with family and friends and shop for unique Modern items in the museum shop. A Historic New England membership makes a great gift. Members receive a discount of 20% off all items in the Gropius House museum shop. Light seasonal refreshments.

Guided tours of the house are available on the hour. Please call 781-259-8098 for more information.

Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill

Wednesday, December 3, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.
 
Free
 
In this illustrated talk, author Karen Cord Taylor describes the fun and frustrations of compiling her book Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill, which celebrates the memorable people of this Boston neighborhood. Hear stories of patriots such as John Hancock and his Loyalist neighbor, painter John Singleton Copley, writers Julia Ward Howe and Louisa May Alcott, abolitionists Lewis Hayden and Senator Charles Sumner, church founder and author Richard Henry Dana Jr., inventor George Grant, medical doctor and phrase-maker Oliver Wendell Holmes, twentieth-century leaders such as the Nichols sisters, and today’s writers, philanthropists, families, civic leaders, and shopkeepers. Taylor shares photos published in the book as well as some that weren’t included. After the talk, stay for a signing of Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill.
 
Taylor is the founder and former editor and publisher of the Beacon Hill Times, the Back Bay Sun, and the Charlestown Bridge, now the Patriot-Bridge. She has authored two books: Blue Laws, Brahmins, and Breakdown Lanes: An Alphabetic Guide to Boston and Bostonians, published by the Globe Pequot Press, and, with Doris Cole, The Lady Architects, published by Midmarch Arts Press. She has lived on Beacon Hill with her family for more than forty years.
 
Registration is required.  Please call 617-994-5920 for more information. Register now

Home for the Holidays

Friday, December 5, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

Free

The Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center will be open to visitors for walk-throughs of the historic rooms and a display of Jewett family Christmas cards. Make your own Victorian toys and ornaments, including traditional pomanders, and help decorate the Jewett Christmas tree in the visitor center. Silhouette portraits cut by Leona Hosack, and stories by Sarah Orne Jewett read aloud.

Home for the Holidays continues Saturday, December 6, with guided tours of the home of beloved nineteenth-century author Sarah Orne Jewett from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

Please call 207-384-2454 for more information.

Holiday Book Sale and Open House

Saturday, December 6, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Free


Stop in for some seasonal cheer at Governor John Langdon House and browse our book sale. Find a gift for those bibliophiles on your list and consider the gift of a Historic New England membership. Enjoy free tours of the first floor, including the Butler’s Pantry, and seasonal refreshments. Enjoy the Portsmouth Illuminated Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting immediately following in Market Square.

Please call 603-436-3205 for more information.

Music in the Meeting House, December 6

Saturday, December 6, noon - 2:00 p.m.
Rocky Hill Meeting House, 4 Old Portsmouth Road, Amesbury, Mass.

Free to Historic New England members and Amesbury Residents, $5 nonmembers

Experience the holiday season filled with song at Rocky Hill Meeting House. UMass Lowell’s Connexion singers, headed by Dr. Thomas Malone, bring the meeting house alive with music from the period in which it was built.  The Connexion singers are a blend of community and student voices bringing the four-part hymns and anthems of Fasola music back from the past. Rocky Hill Meeting House is a perfect place to experience this powerful sound. It was first taught in eighteenth-century Massachusetts by teacher-composers such as William Billings of Boston, John Stickney of Newburyport, and Jacob Kimball of Topsfield. Malone describes these old harmonies as "rugged and powerful, and they can lift you right out of your chair."

Rocky Hill Meeting House is one of the best preserved examples of an original eighteenth-century meeting house interior. There are no restroom facilities on site. The building is also unheated. We encourage visitors with any concerns to call ahead.

Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Perspectives on Place: Dwelling in Landscape

Thursday, December 11, 6:00 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. lecture
Wheelock College, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, Mass.

Free

Professor Daniel Bluestone, director of the Preservation Studies Program at Boston University, explores the changing theories and practices that have guided designers in building homes within a broader landscape and in shaping landscapes surrounding homes. He frames the changing theories of prospect and aspect, which guided ideas about the appropriate relationship between residence and site in constituting a domestic landscape. This lecture focuses primarily on the United States from the late eighteenth century to the early twenty-first century.

Co-sponsored by Friends of Fairsted.

Seating is limited. Registration is required. Please contact friendsoffairsted@gmail.com for more information and to register.

The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England

Saturday, December 13, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine
 
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers
 
This popular illustrated lecture traces the development of the celebration of Christmas from the time it was outlawed in seventeenth-century New England through the beginning of the twentieth century, when all the trappings of a traditional Christmas were in place. For many, the celebration of Christmas today is the most important holiday of the year. But many of the customs that we take for granted as part of current holiday festivities and religious celebrations are actually a product of more recent history.

Kenneth C. Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions at Historic New England, looks at how Christmas transformed from a rowdy celebration to a family-centered event. Learn how the Christmas tree became popular, halls were decked, and Santa Claus came to town. Join us for holiday treats after the program. Families are welcome.
 
Registration is required. Please call 207-384-2454 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Old Newbury Day Open House

Saturday, January 10, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free, $5/car parking fee
 
Visit Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for a mid-winter open house to celebrate the official purchase of the town of Newbury on January 13, 1701. As part of this community-wide event, tour the 1690 manor house, enjoy hot cider and donuts for sale in the visitor center, and then walk to the nearby town-sponsored bonfire.
 
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.

Material Memories: Jewelry from the Collection of Historic New England

Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers


Jewelry can be far more than gems and gold. Associate Curator Laura Johnson shares highlights from Historic New England’s extensive jewelry collection, including plastic "pop" beads favored by folk art historian Nina Fletcher Little and an enameled butterfly brooch by London Arts and Crafts jewelers Child and Child. 

Johnson presents a range of items made from plastic, tin, or glass such as an ambrotype brooch made just after the Civil War by Rhode Island resident Lawrence Rhoades for his wife. Discover how New Englanders use personal adornment to tell the stories of their lives. From the birth of a child to weddings to favorite vacation spots, jewelry helps all of us remember important moments, people, and places.

Registration is required. Please call 207-384-2454 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Phillips Favorites: Winter Weekends

Saturday, January 17, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

$5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers; $20 member series, $50 nonmember series

Follow the Phillips family on a wintry jaunt around New England. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while viewing film clips of the family engaged in their favorite winter activities. Tour the house and see Phillips family items not usually on display, including sporting equipment, postcards, photographs, and artwork.

Registration is required. Special pricing for tickets for the entire series is available. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Events Calendar — 27 events