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The Preservation Movement Then and Now

Preservation MovementHow did the preservation movement begin in New England? What was the first building saved or lost? What's happening in preservation today? Historic New England’s traveling exhibition, The Preservation Movement Then and Now, answers those questions and more as it traces the history of the preservation movement in New England. It begins by highlighting the unsuccessful effort to save Boston's Hancock House in 1863, which was the early catalyst for preservation in the region. The story continues by examining how the movement evolved to include saving buildings of architectural interest as well as those associated with historic people and events. The exhibition concludes with an overview of preservation today, which encompasses twentieth-century buildings, streetscapes, neighborhoods, and open spaces. You can view The Preservation Movement Then and Now at our partnering institutions below.

The Preservation Movement Then and Now exhibition dates and locations:



December 14, 2009 – March 14, 2010: Adams Gallery at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts

March 21 – April 15, 2010: The House of Seven Gables, Salem, Massachusetts

May 13 – September 30, 2010: Boott Cotton Mills Museum, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts

August 3 - October 31, 2010: Woodlawn Museum, Ellsworth, Maine

August 28 - September 6, 2010: Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont

September 8 - October 11, 2010: Old Corner Bookstore, Boston, Massachusetts

September 15 - December 12, 2010: Litchfield Historical Society, Litchfield, Connecticut

November 13, 2010 - January 30, 2011: Museum of Work and Culture, Woonsocket, Rhode Island

February 21, 2012 - May 12, 2012: The West End Museum, Boston, Massachusetts.


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