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Art

Taking Pleasure in Beauty New Englanders surround themselves with art for a variety of reasons: because they take pleasure in beauty, because displaying art links them to a cultured and wealthy elite, because particular items reflect something about their own history. Historic New England’s collections are rich in the...

Nina Heald Webber Cape Cod Canal Collection

About the Cape Cod Canal The Cape Cod Canal was first proposed in 1623 by Myles Standish as a means to avoid the treacherous sailing conditions around Cape Cod. In 1776, George Washington ordered the first survey of the area, but little progress was made. Additional unsuccessful attempts to...

Historic New England Archival Object in a New Exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum

Historic New England is happy to announce the loan of our archival object entitled Rio De Janeiro; Vessel; Boston, Massachusetts; Paris, Maine. is on loan to the American Folk Art Museum through March 2024 for their new exhibit Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North....

Cape Cod Modern wins twenty-first Book Prize

The twenty-first annual Historic New England Book Prize goes to Cape Cod Modern: Midcentury Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape by Peter McMahon and Christine Cipriani. In addition, Historic New England selected two Honor Books for recognition this year: Bucket Town: Woodenware and Wooden Toys of Hingham, Massachusetts,...

Globe retrospective features Cape Cod Canal collection

This week’s Boston Globe Sunday Magazine features a retrospective on the first hundred years of the Cape Cod Canal, which celebrates its centennial this year. Several of the images used to illustrate the canal’s story come from the Nina Heald Webber Cape Cod Canal Collection. Ms. Webber generously donated...

Cape Cod Canal book now available

Historic New England’s latest publication, Cape Cod Canal by Timothy T. Orwig, is an illustrated timeline showcasing the nearly century-old canal’s initial concept, its construction, and later improvements. The Cape Cod Canal it is the widest sea-level canal in the world, and continues to be an engineering marvel, a...

Royal Barry Wills Archive spans from Cape Cod to Newport Beach

Born in Melrose, Massachusetts, and educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, well-known architect Royal Barry Wills had deep New England roots. He and his Boston-based firm, Royal Barry Wills Associates, designed more than 2,500 homes with a particular focus on traditional regional styles such as Cape Cod and...

Books & Periodicals

Preserving the Written Word Rare books include English, American, Italian, and French architectural books from the 1600s to the late 1800s; American builders’ guides, house pattern books, and decorating manuals from the late 1700s and 1800s; works on landscape architecture. Reference collection includes works on architecture, furniture, decorative arts,...

Inside the Collections Care Project: Art glass made in Somerville style

This week, as Historic New England wraps up the first phase of the Collections Care Project, we continue to share our favorite pieces from earlier in the project. We have moved more than 21,000 objects to temporary storage in order to make improvements to our collections facility in Haverhill,...

Indigenous art and artifacts on view at Casey Farm

Historic New England and the Tomaquag Museum are teaming up to expand the stories we share with visitors at Casey Farm in Saunderstown, Rhode Island. Stop by and see Walking in Their Footsteps at Casey Farm. In addition to portraits and photographs of the Casey family, the display in...