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Events Calendar — 66 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.

Phillips Favorites: Travel and the Phillips Family

Saturday, February 28, 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

The Phillipses were a globetrotting family that chronicled their travels in photographs, film, and journals. Join us for a special tour and film screening that focuses on the travels of the Phillips family in the early twentieth century.

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, March 2

Monday, March 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

Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution

Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Free

On the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's second inauguration, join historian and author Barbara F. Berenson on a thrilling and memorable journey through Civil War Boston. The city’s black and white abolitionists forged a second American revolution dedicated to ending slavery. The all-black Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Regiment battled against both slavery and discrimination, while Boston’s women fought tirelessly against slavery and for their own right to be full citizens of the Union. March to war with Boston’s brave soldiers, including the grandson of Patriot Paul Revere and the Fighting Irish. Berenson highlights Theodore Lyman III's role in the conflict as a commissioned officer on General Meade's staff.

Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution will be available for purchase and signing following the illustrated talk. Co-sponsored by the Greater Boston Civil War Roundtable.

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

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 present 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 SarahConnolly will look at estate planning from the perspective of those in their 50s and younger.  Attorney Sarah T. Connolly, 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 member,Annabella 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.

Events Calendar — 66 events