Events Calendar — 272 eventsWednesday, February 5 – Wednesday, March 12, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.
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, and sweet olives. Garden and Landscape members receive a 15% discount on purchases at the greenhouses.
On February 15, 16, and 22 the Lyman Estate mansion is open for additional tours. Please click here for more information.
Please call 781-891-1985 for more information. Closed on Presidents' Day.
Saturday, March 8, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.
$7 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers
View Otis House through the lens of women’s history. Otis House is rich with stories of remarkable women, from a wealthy politician's wife and mother in the late eighteenth century, to an entrepreneur and holistic physician in the 1830s, to four sisters who ran a Victorian boarding house. On this tour, discover these stories and relevant social history of women’s lives in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5920 for more information. Purchase tickets now
Saturday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.
$10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers
Discover the daily lives of the Phillips family’s Irish domestic staff, their duties, living conditions, and interactions with family members. Visit the servants' work and living spaces not usually open to the public. Space is limited.
This event is SOLD OUT.
Thursday, March 20, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Saylesville Meeting House, 374 Great Road, Lincoln, R.I.
Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers
The lives of African Americans have long been hidden in histories of the northern United States. However, the labor and contributions of African Americans, enslaved and free, are a part of many Historic New England sites. Join Museum Historian Jennifer Pustz as she explores the African American experience across New England from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century through the lens of our historic properties. Light refreshments at Arnold House follow the lecture.
Co-sponsored with the National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture and Saylesville Friends Meeting.
Registration is recommended. Please call 401-728-9696 for more information. Purchase tickets now
Sunday, March 23, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate, 100 Robert Treat Paine Drive, Waltham, Mass.
$10 Historic New England and Friends of Stonehurst members, $15 nonmembers
Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. A lecture by Jennifer Pustz, museum historian at Historic New England, illustrates the diversity of domestic service in New England over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by focusing on Castle Tucker, Roseland Cottage, and the Codman Estate, three Historic New England properties. Period domestic manuals, ephemera, and other historic materials bring the lives of servants and their relationships with their employers to light.
After the lecture, enjoy a tour of the City of Waltham's Stonehurst. Stonehurst Curator Ann Clifford leads a tour focusing on servant life at this seasonal country home of housing reformer Robert Treat Paine. Spring coincided with the family's annual move to Stonehurst, a particularly labor-intensive time for Paine's servants, and the ultimate test of Paine's reform theories.
Co-sponsored with the City of Waltham and the Friends of Stonehurst.
Registration is required. Friends of Stonehurst must call to register. Please call 617-994-6678 for more information. Purchase tickets now
Sunday, March 23, 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Departure point confirmed with reservation
$60 Historic New England members. This program is exclusively for Historic New England members. Nonmembers who wish to attend this program must first purchase a membership.
Join us as Salem Food Tours and Historic New England team up to showcase the colors, shapes, sizes, and tastes of Salem’s unique treasures from yesterday and today. On this special tour, visit local shops that focus on jewelry and adornments while tasting food from some of Salem’s best restaurants. This tour is offered exclusively to members of Historic New England, which preserves more than 2,500 pieces of jewelry worn by four centuries of New Englanders. Please note: This tour occurs rain or shine.
Space is limited. Registration is required. Please contact 978-462-2634 for more information and click here to register (Fill out the form at the bottom and request the March 23 Culinary Jewels tour).
Wednesday, March 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
New England Historic Genealogical Society Headquarters, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.
Free to Historic New England and New England Historic Genealogical Society members, $5 nonmembers
The lives of African Americans have long been hidden in histories of the northern United States. However, the labor and contributions of African Americans, enslaved and free, are a part of many Historic New England sites. Join Museum Historian Jennifer Pustz as she explores the African American experience across New England from the eighteenth century to the early twentieth through the lens of our historic properties.
Expert genealogist David Allen Lambert discusses the primary and secondary sources available at the New England Historic Genealogical Society for researching African Americans in New England. He highlights how to best utilize materials such as vital records, probates, deeds, and newspapers to further expand your knowledge of African American ancestry. A wide range of sources from family manuscripts to internet resources will give you the clues to further your research and trace your family tree.
Co-sponsored with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Registration is required. New England Historic Genealogical Society members should call to register. Please call 617-994-6678 for more information. Purchase tickets now
Wednesday, March 26, 1:00 - 3:45 p.m. and 5:15 - 8:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.
Otis House, built in 1796 for Harrison Gray Otis (onetime Mayor of Boston) still stands, a landmark reflecting the early history of Beacon Hill. What if Otis were alive today, a homeowner renovating for his own style and needs, taking care to preserve the historic integrity of the property? Design New England and three acclaimed Boston design professionals present re-imagined versions of Otis House catering to the modern-day "Mr. Otis." Attendees tour actual spaces before a presentation of the new design plans.
This Ogden Codman Design Group event is presented in partnership with Design New England as part of the first ever Boston Design Week.
Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5934 for more information. Register now
Thursday, March 27, reception 6:00 p.m., lecture 7:00 p.m.
Wheelock College, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, Mass.
Robert Yaro, University of Pennsylvania professor and president of the Manhattan-based Regional Plan Association, discusses how regional thinking--an integrated approach to infrastructure growth, economic development, and environmental protection--has shaped the Northeast. Learn how the visionary thinking of early leaders in the planning field, including Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., contributed original solutions to enhance the quality of life in urban and suburban settings.
In partnership with Friends of Fairsted.
Registration is required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Saturday, March 29, 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Roger Williams University Baypoint Inn and Conference Center, 144 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, R.I.
$50 Historic New England members, $95 nonmembers (includes Individual membership), $40 students
Preservation students, professionals, and advocates from around New England convene for Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation, a symposium on new directions and challenges in twenty-first century historic preservation. Speakers include a panel of leading preservation advocates, academics, and practicing professionals. Students are encouraged to present on current research and projects in poster and lightning talk (pecha-kucha) sessions. Call for presentations with further information at HistoricNewEngland.org. Students must present a valid Student ID at check-in. Detailed schedule to follow.
Continental breakfast, box lunch, and reception included. Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6644 for more information. Purchase tickets now