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Protecting House and History
The Norwood-Hyatt House on Boston’s North Shore is the most recent addition to SPNEA’s Stewardship Program, which will ensure its preservation through easements. Constructed in several stages beginning c. 1664, the house was the birthplace of what later became the Marine Biological Laboratory of Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Many original and early features are still intact, along with later additions that create a rich layering effect. The house contains numerous unique decorative details, such as carved wooden curtains and paintings on doors and walls done by members of the Hyatt family. A full account of the history of this storied house and its place in New England intellectual history will appear in an upcoming issue of Historic New England.

New Trustees
SPNEA welcomes two new trustees to the board, who bring experience that will help enormously in fulfilling the strategic plan goals. Laurie Auchincloss, past president of the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark, with expertise in audience development and new museum construction, will serve on the Education Committee and the Museum Planning Committee. Michelle Lasser, former trustee of the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, and a collector of paintings and painted furniture, will serve on the Museum Planning Committee and the Collections Committee.

For Weekend Research
SPNEA’s Library and Archives, with its wealth of material about New England—historic photographs, architectural drawings, prints, ephemera, and other visual documents—is now open to the public on the second Saturday of each month. Hours are from 11 am to 5 pm; for more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (617) 227-3957, ext. 226.

Rediscover SPNEA Online
We invite you to visit SPNEA’s updated web site at, which now features a photographic tour of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, in Gloucester, Massachusetts; back issues of Historic New England magazine; a link to back issues of the journal Old-Time New England, along with an online subscription form; and special sections for members only, with access to chats with SPNEA staff and five free screen savers, each with ten images.

SPNEA Recognized as Champion
The Fox News Cable Network recently chose SPNEA as a non-profit industry leader and featured it in May in a documentary, “Champions of Industry.” SPNEA seized upon this opportunity to fulfill a longstanding goal and has contracted with the production company to produce an orientation video that can be shown to visitors at the house museums.

News Flash
We are pleased to announce that Historic New England has won a first place Publications Design Award from the New England Museum Association. Congratulations to the design firm, DeFrancis Carbone of Brookline, Mass.

News New England and Beyond