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Events Calendar — 351 events

A Glittering Past: Introduction to the History of Jewelry

Saturday, April 30, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.
Join Associate Curator Laura Johnson for a half-day workshop to learn about the fascinating history of jewelry from 1700 to today.

Using Historic New England's extensive jewelry collection and short lectures illustrated with paintings, photographs, and other materials, Johnson shares how jewelry was made and worn.

From costume jewelry to fine gold and diamonds, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to see and learn about these wearable works of art.
$25 Historic New England members
$40 nonmembers
Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5920 or buy online.

"A Writer's Circle" Writers' Group

Monday, May 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

Gather with fellow writers to share work, feedback, and encouragement in this nurturing and inspiring writers’ group. Facilitated by Brian Evans-Jones, former poet laureate of Hampshire County, UK. The group is open to writers of all levels and genres.

$4 Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 207-384-2454 or buy online.

Weeding Wednesday at the Lyman Estate, May 4

Wednesday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England’s staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

Drop-ins welcome. Meet at the Peach Wall behind the Mansion. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information.

To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.

The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island's Last Execution

Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Saylesville Meeting House, 374 Great Road, Lincoln, R.I.
Join author Paul F. Caranci for an illustrated lecture on his recent book, The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island's Last Execution..

When Amasa Sprague, a wealthy Yankee mill owner, was murdered in 1843, a young Irish Catholic man named John Gordon was accused of the crime. Thanks in large part to a flawed trial and anti-Irish Catholic sentiment, Gordon became the last victim of capital punishment in Rhode Island. Recently discovered evidence has since proved him innocent.

Caranci vividly tells the story of the murder and exposes a corrupt judicial system, a biased newspaper, and a bigoted society responsible for the unjust death of an innocent man. Reception and book signing to follow at Historic New England's Arnold House, 487 Great Road.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

Registration is recommended. Please call 401-728-9696 for more information or buy online.

Leading Locally: Preservation Management Strategies That Work

Design Review Concepts, Cases, and Issues

Friday, May 6, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

Join preservation professionals from Historic New England, the Massachusetts Historical Commission, and local commissions for a workshop on management issues related to local preservation.

This workshop, the first in a series of three focusing on different preservation management themes, covers important concepts in design review in local historic districts. Learn from case study examples and mock hearings on this important part of local preservation regulation.

Learn how to work with historic district properties and find out how professional preservation staff manage and respond to challenging issues in historic districts.

This workshop is designed for commission members, planners, historical societies, Community Preservation Act committee members, and others charged with managing buildings and districts at the local level.

Takes place in the carriage barn at the Codman Estate.

$5 Historic New England members
$10 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6644 or buy online. Box lunches available for separate purchase ($10).

Spring Herb Sale

Friday, May 6 - Sunday, May 8, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St., Waltham, Mass.

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a visit to the annual herb sale featuring thousands of naturally grown culinary, medicinal, and ornamental herbs. Scented geraniums, herbal topiaries, pottery, and garden gifts are also available, and staff is on hand to offer expert advice. Garden and Landscape members receive a 15% discount on purchases at the greenhouses.


Please call 617-994-5913 for more information.

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, May 7

Saturday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.
Go beyond the brick sidewalks and charming gardens and learn about Beacon Hill’s development in the Federal era. The fortunes, ambitions, and struggles of Beacon Hill’s early residents, both wealthy and working class, shaped the streets, architecture, and character of the hill. Start with a tour of Otis House, the earliest intact mansion in the neighborhood, and continue on Beacon Hill’s historic streets.

Private group tours available by appointment.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers
Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-5920 or buy online.

Sheep Shearing at Watson Farm

Saturday, May 7, noon - 4:00 p.m.

Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown, R.I.

Celebrate spring at this annual family-friendly program. Watch the farm flock be shorn by local shearers and visit with the baby lambs. View the farm's herd of Heritage Red Devon Cattle and enjoy a scenic hike around the farm located on Narragansett Bay. Rain or shine.

Free to Historic New England members
$10 per vehicle nonmembers

Please call 401-423-0005 or buy online.

Roseland Cottage Plant Sale

Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Conn.

Celebrate spring and the return of gardening at the Quiet Corner Garden Club’s annual plant sale. A variety of annuals and perennials are on sale and special gift packages are available through a silent auction. All proceeds benefit scholarships for local students.

Bring a piece of Connecticut history into your own garden by purchasing cuttings from Henry Bowen’s original boxwood in the gift shop.


Please call 860-928-4074 for more information.

Spring Seedling Sale and Farmers' Market

Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, R.I.

Start your culinary garden this spring with Rhode Island Certified Organic vegetable, fruit, and herb seedlings featured at Casey Farm's plant sale. Other items for sale include Vermont maple syrup, coffee, and fresh baked goods.

Tour the museum and grounds and bring the kids for special children's activities. Historic New England members receive a 10% discount on all seedlings.


Please call 401-295-1030 for more information.

Events Calendar — 351 events