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Winter/Spring 2005

When Icicles Hang by the Wall
Particularly in the northern reaches, New England's winters are cold and snowy and long and dark. And yet one of the words most often associated with the season is cozy. This image gave rise in the mid-nineteenth century to the popularity of Currier and Ives winter scenes and paintings like this one.
Along the Great Road
In the 1660s, English settlers in Providence, Rhode Island, followed Indian trails as they started to build the Great Road, one of the earliest roads in America. Completed in 1683, it thrust northwest to Mendon, Massachusetts, the earliest English settlement in the southeastern part of the state.
Wealth, Style and Sentiment
In colonial America, jewelry was initially limited to English imports or items that the colonists had brought with them. The most frequently used materials were gold, silver, iron, quartz, jet, tortoiseshell, and bone; amber and coral were prized as well because they were believed to possess therapeutic qualities.
Caring for your Fine and Antique Jewelry
A few simple techniques of handling and care will help you maintain your personal collection of jewelry in good condition.
Lighting Through the Ages
A review of the history of lighting intended for children.
From Light to Likeness
In the days before photography, silhouettes were an easy way to capture a person's likeness, especially for those who could not afford to have their portraits painted. Today, these silhouettes are much prized, and they are often the only records we have of how someone looked.
Own a Masterwork
The painting over the mantelpiece, Michele Felice Corne's Ezekiel Hersey Derby Farm, one of the most popular works of art in Historic New England's collection, can now be yours.
Garden Ornaments Past and Present
Many Historic New England properties feature gardens of beauty and historic significance. When visiting, you can enjoy viewing them from the house, studying their overall plans, or observing the particular plantings.
Treasury Online
The African Americana experience is documented in part by a wealth of visual images in several Boston repositories. In an effort to make these important collections available to a broad audience, the Boston Athenaeum organized the Boston African Americana Project in collaboration with Historic New England, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the Bostonian Society.
All that Glitters
During the 1880s, Henry Chandler Bowen, a prominent New York businessman and newspaper owner, undertook a major refurbishing of the public rooms at Roseland Cottage, the Gothic Revival summer home he had built in his hometown of Woodstock, Connecticut, in 1846.
Mrs. Mott "The Celebrated Female Physician"
In 1834, Elizabeth Mott, the self-described Gifted Lady Professor of Vegetable Medicines, published The Ladies' Medical Oracle, or Mrs. Mott's Ad-vice to Young Females, Wives and Mothers.
News New England and Beyond
Short news items from Historic New England Magazine.
A Ship Comes Home
On July 7, 1800, the ship Mount Vernon, owned by Salem, Massachusetts, merchant Elias Haskett Derby, returned to its home port.
Winter/Spring 2005