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Summer 2003

SPNEA Welcomes its New President
From collecting postcards of New England historic sites during childhood family travels to serving on the board of directors of the world's largest museum organization, Carl R. Nold has a lifelong commitment to historic sites and museums.
Rooms With a Past
For refurbishing projects completed at three SPNEA properties in recent years, SPNEA's curatorial staff researched a variety of sources to guide their furnishing decisions, including manuscripts, historic photographs, samples of original wallpaper, carpets and textiles, and oral histories.
Living With Historic Softwood Flooring
Homeowners who live with historic softwood flooring can attest to the character and grace that these floors impart to interior spaces. Each historic softwood floor is a unique product of nature, craft, and, more subtly, of those who have traveled across it through time. The repair and surface finish of a historic softwood floor should be carefully planned to preserve these special qualities and to protect the floor from future damage.
Defining the Landscape
Traditionally, fences, hedges, and walls defined land boundaries, confined livestock, adorned the landscape, and provided security for people and personal property. It is useful for today's historic homeowners to have a basic understanding of the best approaches to the design and maintenance of fences.
Mining SPNEA's Photograph Collection
Pomegranate Publishing, producers of high-quality greeting cards, calendars, journals, posters, postcards, and books, recently joined the family of Historic New England licensees.
Scrimshaw the Whaleman's Craft
Whaling ships sailed from ports like New Bedford and Nantucket to ply the oceans of the world in search of their prey. In their spare time, whalemen took up scrimshaw, engraving images on whale teeth and whalebone (or baleen) and creating useful tools and trinkets such as pie crimpers, needle cases, and yarn winders to sell or give to loved ones back home.
Cherished Possessions
More than three years in the making, SPNEA's exhibition Cherished Possessions, featuring about two hundred highlights from the collection, will have its New England showing this summer at the Colby College Museum of Art, in Waterville, Maine, from July 18 through October 26.
Living with the Past, Planning for the Future
The Pardee Homestead is the sixty-seventh privately-owned historic property to come into SPNEA's Stewardship Program, which protects historic buildings and land through the use of preservation restrictions.
Artists Mix It Up
SPNEA explores new territory this year as it collaborates with MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams, Massachusetts, on the exhibition Yankee Remix: Artists Take on New England. Two years ago, SPNEA exhibitions staff held a brainstorming session to find ways of broadening our reach and engaging new audiences. The idea of working with a major center for contemporary art, with over 100,000 visitors a year, appealed to us.
News New England and Beyond
Short news items from Historic New England Magazine.
Company Image
The Derby Desk Company was established in Boston in 1870 and moved to Somerville, Massachusetts, in the 1880s. By the time this print was made, about 1912, the Somerville Board of Trade described the company as the largest manufacturing industry in the world devoted exclusively to the manufacture of office furniture. Occupying ten acres of floor space, it has made and sold over two million desks, and designed special and artistic furniture for the principal banks, libraries, public institutions, and corporations throughout the United States.
Summer 2003