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"A Quiet Hour" Writers Group, October 5

Monday, October 5, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

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.

$4 Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

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

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New England Furniture Course

Tuesdays, October 6 - October 27, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Explore New England Furniture with this five-session course. Historic New England Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle traces the history of the furniture made and used in New England from the seventeenth century to the twentieth.
During the final class, held at Historic New England's collections facility in Haverhill, examine real examples of historic furniture to learn what clues to look for when evaluating historic furniture.

October 6: Seventeenth Century and William and Mary Style
October 13: Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles
October 20: Federal and Empire Styles
October 27: Victorian and Arts and Craft Styles
October 31 Hands-on Workshop

$10 Historic New England members and students
$15 nonmembers

Series pricing:
$50 Historic New England members and students
$75 nonmembers

In order to attend the hands-on workshop in Haverhill, you must register for the entire series. Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5912 or buy online.

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Over Here: New England's Home Front and the Great War

Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

On April 6, 1917, the United States formally declared war against Germany and officially entered World War I. Although the war was fought across the ocean and American involvement lasted less than two years, the impact of this global event was present in the everyday lives of New Englanders.

This illustrated lecture draws from Historic New England's collections of family papers (recently catalogued with the assistance of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission), historic photographs, and ephemera to show how families experienced the year 1917.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-5920 or buy online.

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Haymarket, the Soul of the City

Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 p.m.
West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Boston, Mass.

Join us for a screening of Haymarket, the Soul of the City, a documentary film directed by Justin Goodstein and produced by Historic New England with the Haymarket Pushcart Association.

Since the 1830s, Boston's Haymarket has served a constant stream of longtime residents, newly arrived immigrants, students, and tourists. Despite economic downturns, the advent of the supermarket, and massive construction projects from the Central Artery to the Big Dig, Haymarket continues to be an economically vital and colorful gathering place for the city.

Haymarket, the Soul of the City uses photographs and interviews with workers, shoppers, fans, and historians to tell the story of this beloved marketplace. After the screening, stay for a discussion with filmmaker and photographer Justin Goodstein; Kenneth C. Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions at Historic New England; and former West End resident Gus Serra of the Haymarket Pushcart Association.

Presented as part of the West End Museum's Italian Heritage Month Film Series.

$10 Historic New England and West End Museum members
$15 nonmembers

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Nooks and Crannies at Night, Oct 7

Wednesday, October 7, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.

This leisurely 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.

$15 Historic New England members
$30 nonmembers

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

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Weeding Wednesday at the Lyman Estate, October 7

Wednesday, October 7, 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.

Thursdays at Twilight, October 8

Thursday, October 8, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

Visit Phillips House at twilight and see how electric light of the early twentieth century transforms a Federal-era house. Selections from Phillips family home movies provide a glimpse of how the family lived in the house and entertained, and where they traveled in their leisure time. The evening begins with a casual wine reception.

$15 Historic New England members
$30 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-744-0440 or buy online.

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Walk with Washington, October 9

Friday, October 9, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Walk the streets of Portsmouth in the footsteps of George Washington when he visited the city in 1789. See where he took tea with his secretary's mother, Mrs. Lear, attended services at St. John's Church, and was feted at a reception at Governor John Langdon House. The tour returns to Langdon House, which Washington thought "may be esteemed the first in Portsmouth," where you can use your ticket for a tour of the house at half price.

$6 Historic New England members
$12 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 or buy online.

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Early Innovations, October 10

Saturday, October 10, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Rundlet-May House, 364 Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

This special tour explores changes in domestic technology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The tour visits areas of the house not normally open to the public, such as the basement and the service ell. See a progression of modern conveniences including a Rumford roaster and boiler, a privy with wallpaper and a 1930s bathroom, a smoke room, and early central heating systems.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 or buy online.

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A Revolutionary Family

Saturday, October 10, 10:30 a.m. - noon

Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass.

Josiah Quincy House was built in 1770; the same year, five Bostonians died in the Boston Massacre, an event that moved the Massachusetts Bay colony toward Revolution. Two brothers, Samuel Quincy and Josiah Quincy Jr., sons of the owner of Quincy House, found themselves on opposite sides of the Boston Massacre trial.

Join Museum Historian Jennifer Pustz to learn more about this and other stories of the Quincy family during the American Revolution. This special tour of Josiah Quincy House brings the Revolution to life and personalizes history through the spaces, objects, and words of Quincy family members.

$5 Historic New England members and Quincy residents
$10 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5930 or buy online.

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Events Calendar — 60 events