Author Archives: Diane Viera

H. H. Richardson home threatened with demolition

UPDATE: At its December 29 meeting, the Brookline Preservation Commission voted unanimously to delay demolition of 25 Cottage Street, 39 Cottage Street, and 222 Warren Street for eighteen months. Read more. 25 Cottage Street in Brookline, Massachusetts, was home to one of the most influential and legendary architects in American history, Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886). […]

Historic New England stands in solidarity

Historic New England stands in solidarity with voices around the country and its sister organizations in our region demanding justice for the murder of George Floyd. As a civic institution, we are firmly committed to equity, inclusiveness, and social justice — and condemn racism, which must end. As preservationists, we strive for truth and authenticity […]

Experience history at home

All Historic New England sites are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. During this time, we remain committed to saving and sharing New England’s past with the broadest possible audience. Read on for ways that you can experience history at home. This post was originally published on March 11, 2020, and previously updated on […]

“A Time to Remember” documents home life during COVID-19

Historic New England announces a new project designed to record how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting life at home in the region. A Time to Remember: New England Home Life in the COVID-19 Pandemic asks people to contribute media (including photos and video), items (objects and ephemera), and journals or diaries via an online form. […]

Historic New England names Vin Cipolla next President and CEO

New leader brings distinguished preservation and environmental advocacy experience to nation’s largest regional heritage organization Vin Cipolla is appointed the next President and CEO of Historic New England, the heritage organization’s board of trustees announced today. A nationally recognized leader in the arts, preservation, and environmental advocacy, Cipolla has served as chairman, president, and CEO […]

Historic New England announces Carl R. Nold Fund for Museum Education

In 2003, Historic New England President and CEO Carl R. Nold defined the next seventeen years when he declared, “we will offer something for everyone.” Watch the video above to see how this declaration helped transform every area of our work.    Historic New England school and youth programs serve 45,000 children each year, but […]

Lyman Estate featured in “Little Women” clip

Historic New England’s Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts, is the backdrop for a newly released scene from the upcoming film adaptation of Little Women. In the clip, Jo (Saoirse Ronan) and Laurie (Timothée Chalamet) dance on the veranda while hiding Jo’s burned dress from the other guests at a formal party. The Lyman Estate is […]

Video: “Rooted: Cultivating Community in the Vermont Grange”

The Everyone’s History documentary is now available to watch for free online. Rooted: Cultivating Community in the Vermont Grange takes viewers inside the Grange, the national farmers’ fraternal order that has worked to strengthen and preserve rural communities since 1867. Made in partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center, the documentary weaves archival images and oral […]

Watercolor Society exhibition opens at Langdon House

Reality, Abstraction, and The Artist’s Eye: New England Watercolor Society Regional Exhibition is on view at Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from June 1 through October 13, 2019. The juried exhibition features a diverse array of sixty colorful and dynamic watercolors, including landscape elements from rural to urban, undiscovered and unexplored moments in the region, and subjects that […]

Video: Mattress conservation at Sarah Orne Jewett House

After extensive conservation treatments, the original bed of Sarah Orne Jewett’s sister Mary has returned to Historic New England’s Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum in South Berwick, Maine. In our new video, watch as our team of conservators builds a custom, lightweight, insect-resistant mattress and installs it with the original bed and conserved coverlet and […]