Category Archives: Everyone’s History

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 […]

Let us introduce you: Charles Bowie

This is one in a series of posts about stories being explored as part of Recovering New England’s Voices When Charles Bowie arrived in Boston in the early 1880s, he came with high expectations for his future. He had left his parents and siblings in Maryland and traveled alone to New England seeking domestic work. His […]

Recovering New England’s Voices Update

Historic New England’s Study Center welcomed two community liaisons, one new and one returning fellow to continue the work done on the Recovering New England’s Voices project. Dr. Alissa Butler, Ph.D., the manager of the Study Center, states: “With each passing year, I grow more excited about the new cohort of researchers coming into the […]

Prestigious 2023 AASLH Award of Excellence for More Than a Market

Historic New England received a American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Award of Excellence for More than a Market: Food, Community, and Family in the Markets of Burlington and Winooski, Vermont. About More Than a Market More than a Market was a multi-year project that shared immigrant experiences through the lens of past […]

Let us introduce you: Asenath Harvey Darling

THIS IS ONE IN A SERIES OF POSTS ABOUT STORIES BEING EXPLORED AS PART OF RECOVERING NEW ENGLAND’S VOICES This summer visitors to Gilman Garrison House in Exeter, N.H., take a tour that includes the newly recovered story of Asenath Harvey Darling, a milliner and shopkeeper who owned the property between 1864 and 1874. An independent woman Born Asenath […]

Recovering Black history

Research on historically marginalized people uncovers previously unknown stories at Historic New England sites Historic New England researchers with different areas of expertise, such as LGBTQ+ history, Black history, Indigenous history, and women’s history, have identified more than five hundred new stories of people connected with our historic sites, including those of almost thirty enslaved […]

Historic New England welcomes Dr. Paula C. Austin

Researcher Paula Austin begins recovering the full story of Pierce House in Dorchester, Mass. Dr. Paula C. Austin joins the Historic New England staff as archival researcher to recover the full and inclusive stories of Pierce House, Historic New England’s education center in Dorchester, Mass. Austin is a U.S. historian with a focus on African […]

Historic New England honors Black History Month

This February we share some of the voices our researchers are recovering. Historic New England’s Recovering New England’s Voices scholars have already uncovered more than 580 previously unknown stories in the past two years and their work is ongoing. We share the following stories as we continue our commitment to telling a fuller more complex […]

Historic New England receives grant to support “Recovering New England’s Voices” initiative

Historic New England was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Americana Foundation to fund the work of Recovering New England’s Voices Scholar Erika Slocumb. During the first year of Recovering New England’s Voices four full-time scholars dedicated to researching historically marginalized peoples uncovered more than 580 previously unknown stories through extensive research at regional archives […]

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 […]