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Events Calendar — 32 events

First Night Tours

Wednesday, December 31, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

 

Free with First Night Button

 

Celebrate New Year's Eve with the Otises and experience life in Boston just after the American Revolution. Tour the first floor of this Federal-style mansion, built in 1796 for Harrison Gray Otis, a Congressman and mayor of Boston, and his wife Sally Foster Otis. From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., enjoy live music by classical guitarist Chris Renna and refreshments after your tour.


For First Night schedule, please visit www.FirstNight.org.

 

Please call 617-994-5920 for more information.

"A Quiet Hour" Writers Group, January 5

Monday, January 5, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

$4 Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

In 1908 Sarah Orne Jewett wrote to her friend and budding author Willa Cather, "Do not hurry too fast in these early winter days--a quiet hour is worth more to you than anything you can do in it." She advised her friend to "keep and guard and mature your force, and above all, have time and quiet to perfect your work." On the first Monday of each month through May, enjoy a quiet hour in Jewett's home to mature your force as a writer. Facilitated by former poet laureate of Hampshire County, U.K., Brian Evans-Jones, this group serves to inspire and nurture writers of all levels and genres.

Drop-ins welcome. 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

Phillips Favorites: Winter Wonderland Walking Tour

Saturday, January 24, 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

Chestnut Street is even more beautiful with a coat of snow. Bundle up and join us for an architectural walking tour, ending at the Phillips House with a cup of cocoa.

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

Mementos: An Introduction to Jewelry of Life and Love

Thursday, January 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex Street, Salem, Mass.

$10 Historic New England, Historic Salem, Inc., and Salem Athenaeum members, $15 nonmembers, free for students (with valid I.D.)

Join Associate Curator Laura Johnson for a lecture illustrating some of Historic New England’s extensive jewelry collection with a special focus on Salem. 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. A reception with light refreshments precedes the lecture.

In partnership with Historic Salem, Inc. and Salem Athenaeum.

Registration is recommended. Please call 978-744-2540 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Phillips Favorites: Sporty Saturday

Saturday, January 31, 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

Throughout the early twentieth century, the Phillips Family participated in a variety of athletic activities. Kick off Super Bowl weekend with a viewing of historic family films showing events such as Harvard football games and the Boston Marathon and quieter pursuits such as canoeing and camping.

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

"A Quiet Hour" Writers Group, February 2

Monday, February 2, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

$4 Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

In 1908 Sarah Orne Jewett wrote to her friend and budding author Willa Cather, "Do not hurry too fast in these early winter days--a quiet hour is worth more to you than anything you can do in it." She advised her friend to "keep and guard and mature your force, and above all, have time and quiet to perfect your work." On the first Monday of each month through May, enjoy a quiet hour in Jewett's home to mature your force as a writer. Facilitated by former poet laureate of Hampshire County, U.K., Brian Evans-Jones, this group serves to inspire and nurture writers of all levels and genres.

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 207-384-2454 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Phillips Favorites: Gadgets and Gizmos

Saturday, February 7, 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

During Salem So Sweet weekend, learn about the gadgets and gizmos in the kitchen at 34 Chestnut Street and the sweet treats in which the family indulged.

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 — 32 events