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Events Calendar — 177 events

Weeding Wednesdays at Cogswell's Grant

Wednesday, May 27, 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.

No advance registration is required. Please call 617-994-6653 for more information. 

Community Conversation, May 28

Thursday, May 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, Mass.

Free

Trauma of Immigration and Its Impact on Children: Community Conversationat the House of the Seven Gables

Elsabel Rincon of the Migrant Advocacy Project shares an overview of theimmigrant experience and its impact on children, including a description of theforces and experiences that mark them as they navigate different areas ofAmerican culture. This talk is part of a series of community conversations withThe House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association, looking at howimmigration affects our past, present, and future. Learn from educators,community leaders, and professionals who work with immigrant populations.

Registration is recommended. Please call 978-744-0991 for more information.

Neat and Tidy: Early American Boxes

Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass

$5 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

After thirty years, Nina Fletcher Little’s book Neat and Tidy: Boxes and Their Contents Used in Early American Households is still as popular as ever. Often beautifully decorated or constructed for a specific purpose, boxes offer insights into the lives of everyday people. Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for a special tour of the house and see some of the 148 boxes in the collection, many of which are not usually on display.

Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Managing Invasive Plants: Lecture and Lyman Environs Tour

Saturday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Free
 
Join us for a fun, illustrated lecture from Brandeis Ecology Professor Dr. Eric Olson on invasive plants species in the area surrounding Lyman Estate. Afterwards, walk to the nearby fields leased by Waltham Fields Community Farm to learn about their vegetable production on the property, and help control invasive species on the field edges and along the abutting Mass Central Rail Trail.
 
In partnership with Waltham Fields Community Farm and Waltham Land Trust.
 
Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information. Reserve tickets now

Draft Horse Plow Day and Vintage Base Ball Opening Day

Sunday, May 31, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

Free to Historic New England members, $6 nonmembers, $4 children

Draft mules participate in plowing demonstrations as part of this twentieth annual event and enjoy games of 1860s baseball. Learn how horses are harnessed, hitched, and cared for. Watch the shearing of our resident sheep, and see how the wool is washed, carded, and spun into yarn. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, farm animals, blacksmithing demonstrations, children’s crafts and games. Listen to traditional New England music or watch the teams of the Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Georgetown Samosets, Portsmouth Rockinghams, Lynn Live Oaks, and Lowell Base Ball Nine, 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.  

Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Quincy House Members Only Preview

Sunday, May 31, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass.

Free and exclusive to Historic New England members

Join Senior Curator Nancy Carlisle and members of Historic New England's conservation staff for an open house preview of the newly revitalized Quincy House. Over the past three years, Historic New England has undertaken a major project to refurnish Quincy House to reflect the late nineteenth century, when the family historian, Eliza Susan Quincy, linked her family's story to the building that four generations of Quincys called home. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is recommended.

Please call 617-994-5930 for more information. Purchase tickets now

"A Quiet Hour" Writers Group, June 1

Monday, June 1, 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

Weeding Wednesdays at the Lyman Estate

Wednesday, June 3, 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.

Meet at the Peach Wall behind the Mansion. No advance registration is required. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information.  

Community Conversation, June 3

Wednesday, June 3, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, Mass.

Free

Local Immigration--Current Immigration Trends: Community Conversation at the House of the Seven Gables

Dawn C. Slaven, community relations officer, U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Services, discusses current analytical trendsrelating to immigration in New England. This talk is part of a series ofcommunity conversations with The House of the Seven Gables SettlementAssociation, looking at how immigration affects our past, present, and future.Learn from educators, community leaders, and professionals who work withimmigrant populations.

Registration is recommended. Please call 978-744-0991for more information.

Members Only: Wiscasset Walking Tour

Thursday, June 4, 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Meet at Castle Tucker, 2 Lee Street, Wiscasset, Maine

 

This program is free and exclusively for Historic New England members. Nonmembers who wish to attend this program must first purchase a membership.

 
Join Site Manager Peggy Konitzky for a walking tour of High and Main Streets in Wiscasset as you make your way from Castle Tucker to Nickels-Sortwell House. Discover who built these grand mansions, when, and why, and hear stories of shipping tycoons, rogues, and damsels in distress.

 

This event is SOLD OUT.


Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. 

Events Calendar — 177 events