Category Archives: Collections & Exhibitions

Importance of Being Furnished Image Gallery

Image Gallery The leading men The homes The decorative arts Learn more about the exhibition Media Contact: Susanna Crampton, [email protected]

#5WomenArtists in Historic New England’s collections

Since 2014, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has posed a question on social media for Women’s History Month: Can you name five women artists? Historic New England is proud to join the more than 11,000 individuals and 1,000 organizations from forty-seven countries participating in the #5WomenArtists campaign. Follow along on our Threads, […]

Conserving a Sailor’s Valentine

To prepare for an exhibition, Historic New England’s conservation team assessed the condition of the Sailor’s Valentine and developed a conservation treatment. The sailor’s valentine (c. 1840-1860) that is normally on display at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts, will travel south to the Eustis Estate in Canton. The valentine will make its Canton […]

Importance of Being Furnished Image Gallery

Image Gallery The leading men The homes The decorative arts Learn more about the exhibition Media Contact: Susanna Crampton, [email protected]

The Importance of Being Furnished opens on June 21, 2024

The Importance of Being Furnished: Four Bachelors at Home will be on display this June at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts. Historic New England invites you to explore the world of four captivating bachelors – men whose homes defined American style from the Gilded to the Jazz Age, yet whose personal lives have until […]

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. The curators believe that Pedro Tovookan […]

Celebrating women artists and entrepreneurs

Marianne Pfeiffer, a longtime resident of Old Lyme, Conn., made this cloisonné ring. She was a self-taught artist who worked almost exclusively applying the precise skills of cloisonné enameling to her original designs. Cloisonné is a particularly intricate technique in which each line of the design is first formed of a ribbon of precious metal, […]

Halloween Greetings

With Halloween fast approaching, it is a perfect time to explore the holiday’s history and its connections to material culture. Halloween Postcard Collection Many of the objects from the early history of Halloween celebrations in the U.S. relate directly to women and the home. As Halloween evolved into a popular holiday around the turn of […]

A new Whitaker painting at the Eustis Estate

Fishing Fleet is an oil painting of Narragansett Bay by the nineteenth-century Providence artist George Whitaker (1841-1916). About Whitaker Whitaker was a prominent Rhode Island landscape painter and a founding member of the Providence Art Club. He was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, and orphaned at a young age. He eventually joined his uncles, engravers […]

Many Hands: Enslavement, Needlework, and a Will

In object-based research, it is sometimes just as important to examine what is not shown as it is to observe and analyze the visible features of an object. I think of this as examining the “negative space” of a piece of material culture. The stories illuminate the object if we look at it anew. Mary […]