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Winter/Spring 2003

Home again
In 1936, Kennebunk, Maine, summer resident Edith Cleaves Barry established a museum to honor the rich history of the Kennebunks. Barry, whose family had long owned a house on fashionable Summer Street, founded the Brick Store Museum in a commercial building in the center of town. Since that time, the museum has successfully interpreted the history of the region.
Beyond Harrison Gray Otis
Although SPNEA's Otis House is commonly identified with its first owner, the congressman and Boston mayor, Harrison Gray Otis, it has been home to more than a hundred other people since 1796.
Painting the Exterior of Your Historic House
Protecting the surfaces of exterior wooden features of historic buildings from the effects of weather is essential for ensuring their long-term preservation. Since the early eighteenth century paint has been applied to the exteriors of buildings in New England both to protect them and to enhance their appearance by defining their architectural features.
Two Brass Lamps...
In 1906, the antiquarian William Davis of Plymouth, Massachusetts, recalled a room in his childhood home in which the family spent their evenings around the square center table, lighted perhaps by two brass lamps... Two brass lamps? Two lamps that provided no more than two candlepower to light an entire room?
Puzzling Pictures
A rebus is a puzzle in which pictures stand for syllables or words. Strung together, the pictures can be sounded out to make a word or a sentence.
The SPNEA Book Prize
These eight prize-winning books all make lively and informative reading and merit a place in the library of everyone who seeks to enrich his or her understanding of the region.
Preserving New England on Paper
With more than a million documents in its collection, SPNEA's Library and Archives is a leading source of primary materials about New England's cultural and social history. And, each year, thousands of researchers use those materials to study architecture and interiors, the history of photography, local history, and many other subjects.
Propagation and Replacement of Historic Plant Specimens
SPNEA and other preservation-minded organizations have made special efforts to preserve the genetic material of historic specimen plants at their sites in anticipation of the day when it will be necessary to replace them.
Yankee Remix
Yankee Remix: Artists Take On New England Eeight internationally known artists will create installation artworks that are inspired by and built around historic artifacts from SPNEA's collections.
News New England and Beyond
SPNEA's popular exhibition From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England, 1860-1960 has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The AASLH Awards Program is the nation's most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in local, state, and regional history.
Fit for a Pilgrim
A key figure in the Colonial Revival, Wallace Nutting (1861-1941) promoted the country's past with all the energy and determination of a Bible-thumping zealot, urging an alternative vision to what he called the horror and savagery of the twentieth century.
Winter/Spring 2003