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Historic New England Book Series

Historic New England launched its book series in 2006 as a means of introducing its collections to a wider audience. Drawing on the rich resources of Historic New England's Library and Archives and object collections, these thoroughly researched, beautifully designed, and heavily illustrated publications enrich our knowledge of New England and the wider world.

These publications are available in our online shop.

From Guiding Lights to Beacons for Business: The Many Lives of Maine's Lighthouses

From Guiding Lights

Edited by Richard Cheek. Deluxe paperback. 240 pages, 490 images.

The third volume in Historic New England's publication series is a colorful and highly entertaining visual history of Maine lighthouses, surveying the many roles they have served, from navigational aids and art subjects to tourist attractions and advertising symbols. The book is richly illustrated with photographs, paintings, posters, magazine covers, trade cards, and lighthouse ephemera. Buy it now.


The Camera's Coast: Historic Images of Ship and Shore in New England

The Camera's Coast:
Historic Images of Ship and Shore in New England / By W. H. Bunting / Introduction by John R. Stilgoe

W. H. Bunting. Deluxe paperback. 144 pages, more than 250 illustrations.

Winner of the 2007 Association for State and Local History Leadership Award of Merit

Historic photographs are paired with a rich assortment of old postcards, advertisements, and posters. This panorama of New England coastal activity is engagingly described by Bunting, a maritime historian who brings old photographs to life with small stories - sometimes humorous, sometimes heroic, sometimes tragic, but always captivating. Buy it now.


America's Kitchens

Nancy Carlisle and Melinda Talbot Nasardinov, America's Kitchen

Nancy Carlisle, Melinda Talbot Nasardinov, with Jennifer Pustz. Deluxe paperback. 208 pages, 190 illustrations.

Lavishly illustrated with drawings, photographs, and ephemera from Historic New England's collections, among others, this work describes what it was like to live and work in kitchens that had none of the conveniences we now take for granted. Kitchens featured are from house museums, detached kitchens on southern plantations, Spanish colonial kitchens of the Southwest, elaborate nineteenth-century kitchens in the Midwest, and middle-class open-plan homes of 1950s suburbia. Buy it now.

Historic New England Book Series