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The 2022 Historic New England Book Prize goes to Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them, by Joseph M. Bagley.
Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them documents fifty of Boston’s oldest buildings. It adds to our knowledge of Boston’s architectural history and expands our understanding of the social, economic, and demographic shifts that account for each of the buildings changing fortunes. The book presents a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived in the buildings and the neighborhoods where the buildings survive. It also offers insight into the history of historic preservation in Boston.
Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories, by Pamela A. Parmal, Jennifer M. Swope, and Lauren D. Whitley. The book provides a new perspective on the interpretation of American quilts, demonstrating that quilts and bed covers tell and have told important stories of American life and culture from the seventeenth century to today.
Urban Archipelago: An Environmental History of the Boston Harbor Islands, by Pavla Šimková. The book demonstrates that the islands in Boston’s harbor have always functioned as an extension of the city, whether as land for pasture and timber, fortifications, a dumping ground for waste, and more recently, for recreation in a cleaned-up harbor.
Historic New England’s Book Prize is awarded annually to a book that advances the understanding of life in New England from the past to today by examining its architecture, landscape, and material culture. This also includes works in the decorative arts, archaeology, historic preservation, the history of photography, and other related subjects. View a list of previous winners.