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Summer 2002

Grandmother's Garden
The colonial revival coincided with a period of affluence that afforded many women new opportunities for creative self-expression; gardening became a popular pastime. Small, enclosed gardens that could be tended by the woman of the house were popularized in magazines, described by writers like Sarah Orne Jewett, and depicted by photographers and artists like Wallace Nutting and Childe Hassam.
A Landscape Made to Last
In 1794, James Rundlet, a twenty-two-year-old farmer's son, was building his fortune as a merchant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Twelve years later, He built for of the best and largest houses in the place, finely situated, imposing in appearance and an object of envy to many who predicted with wise nods that so much pride must have a fall and concluded that he had built his house too high-but they happened to be mistaken. His 1852 obituary went on to call him a thorough man who did not have to do his work twice. Its assessment has proven correct. Today, the house and its home grounds remain in essence as he designed them.
Everyday Lives
The Pierce House, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, tells important stories about New England history. The family lived in the house for almost three hundred years and, like most Americans, worked hard to provide for themselves and their children. They lived interdependently with their relatives and neighbors and actively participated in their church and their community.
Enterprise and Community
A century and a half ago, the vista shown above was a common sight in the New England landscape. Mill buildings line the river beside the falls, while behind them ranks of warehouses, offices, stores, and housing rise upwards, culminating in the agent's house atop the hill. Church spires punctuate the scene, while the surrounding fields reveal a setting that is still largely agricultural.
A Gift of Friendship
In 1950, Walter Gropius invited Richard Filipowski, a young sculptor and designer teaching at the Institute of Design in Chicago, to come to Harvard to teach design fundamentals, a class like the foundation course at the Bauhaus. A friendship soon developed between the internationally renowned architect and the younger artist. Gropius admired Filipowski's work and asked for a piece of sculpture that could be placed as a focal point near the entrance to the Gropius family home in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Filipowski gave him Winter Pine, a seven-foot aluminum sculpture, and installed it on the north side of the house, where it has remained ever since.
News New England and Beyond
Short news items from Historic New England Magazine.
Art and History
One of SPNEA's newest acquisitions is a set of twelve Wedgwood plates with scenes of New England industries designed by Claire Leighton (1899-1989) in 1950.
From the President
A short while ago, I informed the Board of Trustees of my decision to retire from the position of President of SPNEA. After ten years here and forty years in New England history museums, I have decided to devote more time to my family and to the research and writing I have long wanted to do.
Summer 2002