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Homeschool: Play and Work

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Tuesday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

Join Historic New England for a program for homeschool families. Whether attending the morning or afternoon session, families are invited to have lunch at the property.

Teenager Dorothy Codman and her nursemaid Marie-Reine Lucas take students on an interactive house tour. Students converse with the past and consider how life was different for the Codman family and their staff of domestic servants. Learn about changing technology and the work done behind the scenes to support such a luxurious lifestyle. Help with household chores and enjoy leisurely painting with watercolors on the veranda.

Capacity: 24 people
Ages: 5 - 15

$10 per Historic New England member child
$15 per nonmember child

One adult per group is admitted free, any additional adults pay full price.

Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted in our house museums.

There must be a minimum of 5 children registered for programs to run. Full payment is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable (unless program is cancelled by us due to under-enrollment). No registrations will be accepted on the day of the program.

Email for more information.

Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, September 28

Wednesday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, 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. Please call 617-994-6653 for more information.

To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.

Henry Sleeper's Bachelor House

Thursday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture: Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, Mass.

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Blvd, Gloucester, Mass.

The term "bachelor house" suggested a distinctive type of home--and homeowner--to early twentieth-century audiences, who understood the phrase as a coded reference to homosexuality. Join Tripp Evans, professor of art history at Wheaton College, for a lecture that explores Beauport as Henry Sleeper’s bachelor house.

Placing Sleeper alongside contemporary bachelor-decorators A. Piatt Andrew, Charles Gibson, and Ogden Codman Jr., this illustrated talk considers the roles that memory, collecting, and theater played at Beauport and other bachelor houses of the period.

The lecture takes place at Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 7:00 p.m., following an optional tour of Beauport at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments provided.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 or buy online.

The Farmer's Table, September 30

Friday, September 30, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

Celebrate four centuries of farming with a multi-course farm-to-table dinner featuring cider, ale, and wine pairings by Carry Out Cafe and produce grown by the Colby family at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm.

These meals honor the recent history of farming at Spencer-Peirce-Little. The Stekionis family lived and worked at the farm from 1913 until 1994, while Dick Walsh came to grow spinach during World War II and never left. Historic New England now leases the land to local farmers such as Colby Farm, keeping a long tradition alive.

Participants must be at least 21.

$65 Historic New England members
$85 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 or buy online.

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, October 1

Saturday, October 1, 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.

Modern Architecture Walking Tour of Cambridge, Harvard Campus

Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tour departs from Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambidge Mass.

Modern Architecture Walking Tour of Cambridge visits twenty distinctive Modern structures on the Harvard campus as well as "Architects' Walk" on Brattle Street. Explore Modern movement buildings from 1947 to 1976 designed by Walter Gropius, Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto, IM Pei, Josep Lluís Sert, and others. Group size is limited.

$25 Historic New England members
$30 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 or buy online.

Art at Marrett

Saturday, October 1, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 2, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Marrett House, 40 Ossippee Trail East, Route 25, Standish, Maine

Browse, shop, and be inspired by the work of Maine artists and craftspeople in at the seventh annual Art at Marrett celebration.
The Saco River Art League and other Maine artists will be on hand displaying and selling their work. Children can unleash their creative spirit at the Create Your Own Masterpiece table. Refreshments are available for sale by the Standish Historical Society.

Free tours of the 1789 Marrett House house are offered on the hour. Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and be sure to visit the home's Colonial Revival garden.

Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. Artists interested in participating should call 207-642-3032.

Walktober: Everyone's History Matters on the Hill

Saturday, October 1, noon (rain date Sunday, October 2)

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Conn.

Walk Woodstock Hill while discovering the history of those who called it home. From the illustrious to the everyday, all have contributed to the history of Woodstock.


Please call 860-928-4074 for more information.

Vintage Base Ball: Jan's Pitch for Breast Cancer and the Arts Game

Saturday, October 1, 11:00 a.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

Watch the four teams of the Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, and the Portsmouth Rockinghams, play baseball using 1860s rules.. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed.

Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call.

In partnership with Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale Brewery.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

Please call 978-462-2634 or buy online.

Nooks and Crannies, October 1

Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. - noon

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.
This in-depth behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper’s summer retreat allows plenty of time to explore each room, including passageways, closets, and other spaces not usually open to the public.
Guides highlight their favorite objects and share stories about Sleeper, his friends, and staff. Light refreshments included.

$20 Historic New England members
$35 nonmembers
Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 or buy online.

Events Calendar — 76 events