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Events Calendar — 65 events

Camellia Blooming Season

Tuesday, February 17 – Sunday, March 15, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Free

Visit the celebrated collection of camellias in the 1804 camellia house at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. Many of the trees are more than one hundred years old. This is the time of year they put forth a profusion of blossoms in all sizes and shapes. Other plants available during this season include orchids, citrus, clivia, and sweet olives. Garden and Landscape members receive a 15% discount on purchases at the greenhouses.

During Camellia Blooming Season mansion tours are offered on February 21, February 22, March 4, and March 8. Please click here for details.

Please call 617-994-5913 for more information.

The Irish Experience at Phillips House, March 6

Friday, March 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

$15 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers

Discover the daily lives of the Phillips family’s Irish domestic staff, their duties, living conditions, and interactions with family members. Visit the servant’s work and living spaces, which are not usually open to the public. Space is limited.

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

The Irish Experience at Phillips House, March 7

Saturday, March 7, 10:00 - noon
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

$15 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers

Discover the daily lives of the Phillips family’s Irish domestic staff, their duties, living conditions, and interactions with family members. Visit the servant’s work and living spaces, which are not usually open to the public. Space is limited.

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

History of Camellias in Boston

Saturday, March 7, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

New Englanders have been growing decorative plants for centuries. Many large estates in the Boston area featured large glass greenhouses and significant collections of camellia trees. Discover the rich history of camellia cultivation from the late 1700s through the 1900s at this illustrated lecture by Lyman Estate Greenhouses Manager Lynn Ackerman. Program takes place in the mansion. Afterwards, visit the 1804 greenhouses, enjoy our large camellia collection in bloom, and shop with advice from staff experts. Historic New England members receive a 10% discount on purchases.

Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Friendship in Books: Writers' Talks at Jewett House, March 10

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

Douglas Whynott, author of The Sugar Season

$7 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers

Southern Maine has long been a region rich with authors. Sarah Orne Jewett, one of Maine’s most important writers, documented her nineteenth-century world in her novels and short stories. To a friend, she wrote, "I am sure that you must like a great many other books since you like these stories of mine. And I am so glad, because you will always have the happiness of finding friendships in books…"

Today’s world belongs to the authors living in the Berwicks and beyond. In this intimate series at Jewett’s childhood home, you’ll hear readings from contemporary writers, and learn what inspires them. Refreshments will be served.

The Sugar Season was selected as one of the New York Post’s "Must Read" books. Pulitzer winning author Tracy Kidder says; "In Doug Whynott’s graceful hands, this story about a maple syrup manufacturer and dealer becomes an intersection of subjects: of technology and business, American history and climate change, friendship and family." Whynott has taught writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and presently at Emerson College. He has also taught literary journalism at the Universidad Nacional in Bogota, Colombia, on a Fulbright Foundation fellowship.

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

Never Too Young: Estate Planning 101

Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
South End Historical Society, 532 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Mass.

Free

Enjoy an evening in one of the fashionable South End homesof the mid-nineteenth century--the 1858 Francis Dane House, home of the SouthEnd Historical Society since 1974--while learning the basics of how to enhanceyour current finances, reduce taxes on your estate, provide for your heirs, andfulfill your charitable goals.

Never Too Young: Estate Planning 101 is acomplimentary seminar offered by Historic New England. Guest speaker attorney SarahT. Connolly will look at estate planning from the perspective of those in their fifties and younger. Connolly, a partner at Nixon Peabody,LLP, concentrates her work in all aspects of estate planning, and speaksfrequently at seminars on this topic. 

Hear also from Young Friend and Otis Society memberAnnabella Gualdoni about her decision with her husband, Vito Cavallo, toinclude Historic New England in their estate planning.

Before and after the program, guests will have theopportunity to explore the South End Historical Society and admire thehigh-style Victorian rococo revival interior finishes at one ofmid-nineteenth century Boston's most exclusive addresses.

Light refreshments and wine will be served.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please email Events@HistoricNewEngland.org or call 617-994-5934 to register.

Tracing Intentions: The Founding of the Architects' Collaborative (TAC)

Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

$10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

In 1945, a group of young architects asked Walter Gropius to join them in what would become one of the most historically significant architecture firms, The Architects' Collaborative (TAC). Gropius believed in the collaborative process, and research reveals that these young architects believed in a collaborative society at peace through Modern architecture. Their ideals, which reflected the idealism of the time, shaped TAC and their early, and still vital, housing project, Six Moon Hill in Lexington, Massachusetts. In this lecture, Norwich University Professor Wendy Cox presents her recent research on the lives, decisions, and work of the original young architects to join The Architects' Collaborative.

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

Perspectives on Place: Visible Invisible

Thursday, March 12, 6:00 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. lecture
Wheelock College, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, Mass.

Free

Gary Hilderbrand, partner of Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture and Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, discusses his firm’s work at the vital intersection of nature and culture, illustrating how history and geography are filtered through the firm’s modern aesthetic to create meaningful places.

Co-sponsored by Friends of Fairsted.

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

Ladies of the House Tour

Saturday, March 14, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

$7 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers
 
View Otis House through the lens of women’s history. Otis House is rich with stories of remarkable women, from a wealthy politician's wife and mother in the late eighteenth century, to an entrepreneur and holistic physician in the 1830s, to four sisters who ran a Victorian boarding house. On this tour, discover these stories and relevant social history of women’s lives in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5920 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Getting to Know Your Old House: Tips on Affordable, Appropriate Old House Care

Saturday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.
 
Free

Yankee Magazine and Historic New England invite you
to learn the dos and don'ts of old house care, including tips onenergy improvements, remodeling projects, and enhancing curb appeal by buildingon historic color and character, all with preservation and the bottom line inmind. Ask our experts your questions on owning and caring for an older home atthe National Historic Landmark Lyman Estate, where a recent energy upgrade issaving fuel and money without compromising history.
 
Guestswill receive a copy of Yankee Magazine'sMarch/April issue featuring the "Special Spring Home Guide: Our Love of OldHouses." Features include "The Oldest NewHouse in New England" and "The Shades of an Era," a brief history of house colorand changing tastes through 150 years of early New England.
 
Moderator:
AmyTraverso, senior lifestyle editor at Yankee Magazine
 
Panelists:
  • ColleenChapin, preservation manager, Historic New England
  • BruceIrving, renovation consultant and realtor, former executive producer of This Old House
  • SallyZimmerman, senior preservation services manager, Historic New England
 
Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6679 or purchase tickets now
Events Calendar — 65 events