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Events Calendar — 33 events

Plein Air Painting Workshop, October 27

RESCHEDULED: Thursday, October 27, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.
Join artist Marianne Thompson for a plein air painting workshop at Cogswell's Grant. Beautiful vistas, including the Essex River and Great Marsh, farm fields and forests, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns, offer an ideal setting for landscape painters looking to refine their skills with expert instruction, including work with a palette knife.

For this drop-in class, bring your own materials and equipment, receive direction as you work, and gather for an end-of-day critique with the instructor. Weather permitting, please call.

$20 Historic New England members
$25 nonmembers
Please call 978-768-3632 for more information or buy online.

Secure the Shadow: Victorian Spirit and Post-Mortem Photography

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

Early photography had a magical quality, even for those who understood the science behind it. For many in the nineteenth century, the relationship between science and the supernatural was unclear, and sympathetic photographers and charlatans set up a brisk business "securing the shadow"- memorializing deceased loved ones or producing images purported to be from beyond the grave.
Join Regional Site Manager Bethany Groff Dorau for an illustrated exploration of Victorian photography from the moment of death and beyond.

$5 Historic New England members
$10 nonmembers

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

Trick or Treat at the Pink House

Friday, October 28, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Conn.

Ghosts of Halloweens past hand out candy at Roseland Cottage to anyone with the courage to knock on our doors. Stop by and put the "Gothic" in Gothic Revival this Halloween. Cosponsored by Woodstock Recreation.


Please call 860-928-4074 for more information.

Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr.: A Creative Kinship

Sunday, October 30, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

Ogden Codman Jr. is known as the other name on the spine of the design classic, The Decoration of Houses, which he co-authored with Edith Wharton. Using original letters from Historic New England's Codman archival collection, this illustrated talk offers an inside peek into their artistic friendship, which spanned more than forty years. After the lecture, stay for an optional tour of Codman House.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-6690 or buy online.

Cradle to Grave: Lamplight Tour of Coffin House, Swett-Ilsley House and First Parish Burying Ground

Sunday, October 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Coffin House, 14 High Road, Newbury, Mass..

Spend an evening getting to know the Coffin family and their neighbors, in their home and in their final resting places.

Enjoy special evening tours of the 1678 Coffin House, a beer tasting in the 1670 Swett-Ilsley House (a former tavern), and a visit to the townsfolk across the street in the First Parish Burying Ground. Hear true tales of murder, heroism, and heartbreak from Newbury's storied past. Refreshments provided by Ipswich Ale Brewery.

$15 Historic New England members
$30 nonmembers

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

Halloween Trick or Treat at Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center

Sunday, October 30, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

Fairies and zombies, snow queens and spooks,
Zombies and pirates, witches and kooks,
Come knock on our door, we'll give you a treat!
You never know just who you might meet...
At the grand old white house just down the street.

Trick-or-treaters of all ages are welcome at the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center!


Please call 207-384-2454 for more information.

Tricks, Treats, and Treasures

Monday, October 31, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

Join the sea chanty singing Salem pirates for some tricks, treats, and treasures at Historic New England's Phillips House on Halloween night.


Please call 978-744-0440 for more information.

Creating a Slave Cabin Workshop

Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m. - noon and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Royall House & Slave Quarters, 15 George Street, Medford, Mass.

Teaching artist Ifé Franklin leads this interactive workshop focusing on the history of enslaved people. Children and adults create small structures reminiscent of slave cabins to honor the ancestral spirits of Africans who were enslaved throughout colonial America and for nearly a century after our nation's founding. Using the artist's Indigo Project for inspiration, participants work with cotton fabric, some dyed with indigo -- both crops grown by enslaved people on Southern plantations -- as well as cowrie shells, raffia, beads, and buttons to creatively interpret these dwelling spaces.

Ms. Franklin leads two two-hour workshops. They take place at the Royall House and Slave Quarters museum in the only remaining slave quarters building in the North.

$10 Historic New England and Royall House & Slave Quarters members
$15 nonmembers

Registration is required and space is limited. Please call 617-994-6678 or buy online.

*children must be accompanied by an adult

Library and Archives Open Saturdays

Saturday, November 5, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

Historic New England's Library and Archives in Boston will open for your research needs on the first Saturdays of April, May, June, October, November, and December.

Discover our extraordinary collection of New England photographs, manuscripts, ephemera, and other documents.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

Please call 617-994-5909 to make an appointment.

A Tale of Two Houses

Sunday, November 6, 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Arnold House, 487 Great Road, Lincoln, R.I. 

Explore the history of Lincoln by touring the homes of some of its most prominent families: Arnold House (1693) and Hearthside (1810). Compare and contrast these Rhode Island architectural gems and the lives of the people who called them home.


Registration is required. Please call 401-728-9696 or buy online.

Events Calendar — 33 events