Category Archives: Conservation

Reconstructing Notre-Dame: An Interview with Preservation Carpenter Michael Burrey

In April 2019, onlookers watched in horror as Notre-Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames. Firefighters saved the main structure and bell towers, but the cathedral’s iconic spire was destroyed. Historic New England’s Omri Nassau talks to North Bennet Street School’s Michael Burrey, one of only nine Americans invited to work alongside French carpenters as they […]

This Preservation Month, let us help you take care of your old home

At Historic New England, every month is Preservation Month, and has been since 1910! As the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive preservation organization in the United States, over the years we have assembled a wide range of resources for taking care of old buildings, and we want to share them with you.  Whether it’s for […]

Climate Action Planning at Casey Farm

Historic New England is committed to taking action toward climate justice, resiliency, and mitigation at our sites and in our region. Read on to learn how we are implementing our first site-specific climate action plan.

A History of Waste

This post is the second in a series on the “reduce, reuse, recycle” waste hierarchy. The series examines contemporary waste management practices in the US, how we dealt with waste in the past, and what we can do today to make an impact on waste reduction now and in the future.  In 1960, a person […]

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 […]

Managing Waste in the US

This post is the first in a series on the “reduce, reuse, recycle” waste hierarchy. The series examines contemporary waste management practices in the US, how we dealt with waste in the past, and what we can do today to make an impact on waste reduction now and in the future. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. While […]

Historic New England adds six new donations to Preservation Easement Program in 2023

From the charming main street of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, to the bucolic vistas of Jamestown, Rhode Island, to the bustling city center of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, preservation is an essential ingredient in the places where we love to live in New England. In this season of gratitude and giving, we want to recognize six new donations […]

Adventures in Woodworking Part 3: Lathe Turning and Scratch Stock

Mellon Conservation Fellow Karen Bishop shares her process for creating a replica of a seventeenth-century carved drawer and box. In the final part of this series, Karen creates the feet and trim. Lathe Turning After building the case and drawer, Karen moved on to the box’s finishing touches: molded trim and turned feet. Similar to […]

Adventures in Woodworking Part Two: Decorative Carving and Sliding Dovetails

Mellon Conservation Fellow Karen Bishop shares her process for creating a replica of a seventeenth-century carved drawer and box. The project is a great opportunity for Karen to explore traditional woodworking techniques. The replica will complete the missing lower half of a box in the Historic New England collection. This multi-part blog will show how […]

Adventures in Woodworking Part One: Green Wood

Mellon Conservation Fellow Karen Bishop shares her process for creating a replica of a seventeenth-century carved drawer and box. A recent project in the conservation lab showcases one of the ways Historic New England’s Mellon Conservation Fellows gain hands-on experience while working with collection objects and staff. This multi-part blog will show how Karen makes […]