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Historic New England’s Winter 2023 magazine cover story showcases an extraordinary collection of house plan books dating from 1900 to 1970. This issue also introduces Garden City, Rhode Island’s model mid-century suburb; takes a look at the library at the Codman Estate in Lincoln, Mass., from an author’s point of view; explores the story behind the woman who created a quilt to memorialize twenty different colonial women; expands on the story of slavery at Casey Farm in Saunderstown, R.I.; summarizes our 2022 Summit; and much more.
Historic New England’s Fall 2022 magazine explores new initiatives, new stories, and new engagement opportunities. Our cover story focuses on exploring opportunities at the Historic New England Center for Preservation and Collections. The issue also delves into the research done by our Recovering New England Voices scholars; the other side of the story behind saving a Beacon Hill meeting house; how Maine educators are integrating Indigenous and African American pasts into curricula; moose hair embroidery; and Historic New England farms.
Cover Story: The study of New England’s rivers and other waterways provides important information about the region’s past and its peoples. This issue also delves into the exhibitions More Than a Market, Historic New England’s work on the history of immigrant food markets in Burlington and Winooski, Vt.; Loud, Naked, & In Three Colors, which explores the history of tattooing in Boston; and Women’s Work at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, N.Y., which tracks the influence of women’s historical craft traditions on the work of contemporary artists. Other features include the late-18th-century trend of tintype photography and a biographical article of Ellen Irons (1862-1938), lifelong resident of the historic Clemence-Irons House in Johnston, R.I.
Cover story: The Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in the Mattapan section of Boston, once part of a 330-acre, 18th-century agrarian estate, is now a successful small-scale urban farming operation, transformed through preservation and adaptive reuse by the non-profit redevelopment organization Historic Boston Incorporated. This issue also features late-nineteenth-century women’s fashion; the story of Sarah Moore Field and her family home, Field-Hodges House, in North Andover, Mass.; women woodworkers; and the role that Joshua Coffin played in freeing captives of the “Amistad” in 1839-1840.
Cover Story: Acquisition of several images by photojournalist Katherine Taylor documenting New Englanders’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and protests against systemic racism. This issue also features an introduction to Historic New England’s multiphase project, Recovering New England’s Voices; how the mail-order kit houses boom in the mid-twentieth century created an affordable living trend; preservation strategies and policies anyone can use to save historic buildings; and Otis House’s continued presence in Boston’s West End neighborhood through centuries of change and urban renewal.
Cover Story: Reproduction of the pillar and arch wallpaper at Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine, refreshes the property’s historic decor. This issue also features exterior restoration work at Hamilton House; Historic New England’s western Massachusetts presence in partnership with Greenagers and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy; the permanent Dimensions of Diversity exhibition at Otis House in Boston; and a Burlington, Vermont, archaeological discovery of burials from the War of 1812.
The cover image of a man with full-body tattoo introduces an article about the early twentieth-century history of body art. This issue also features images representing Historic New England’s A Time to Remember COVID-19 crowd-sourced collection project; a photo essay documenting the changing streetscapes and gentrification of Boston’s Chinatown; and articles about the Wabanaki Confederacy’s response to European settler encroachment in the region; slavery in New England and at the Codman Estate, a Historic New England property in Lincoln, Mass.; and the 1817 founding of the American School for the Deaf in Connecticut.
This issue is devoted to the exhibition Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England, on view at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Mass. It features stories on New England’s women artists, collectors, and patrons; nineteenth-century itinerant painters; Edward Mitchell Bannister, a Black artist in the nineteenth century; paintings of architecture and landscape; men’s clothing in portraits; and the structure of paintings. It also includes Historic New England’s FY20 annual report.
Historic New England’s newly appointed President/CEO Vin Cipolla shares his thoughts on how the organization can best serve the public and why preservation is an essential part of the region’s future. This issue also explores the material culture collection created by Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little; the role the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts, in the movie Little Women; the untold story of slavery at Sayward-Wheeler House in York Harbor, Maine; a citizens’ advocacy guide for saving historic places, such as Clinton African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, which is associated with W. E. B. Du Bois; the partnership with The History Project in researching the life of Henry Davis Sleeper, a gay man, who created Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester, Massachusetts; the domestic architecture of Eleanor Raymond.
Learn about the three recipients of Historic New England’s Prize for Collecting Works on Paper. This issue also looks at some of the conservation preparations for the exhibition Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England. Other feature articles include the guest books that economist A. Piatt Andrew used to record visitors to his home, Red Roof, in Gloucester, Mass. Andrew (1873-1936) served as assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1910-1912, was the founder and director of the American Ambulance Field Service during World War I, and was a Massachusetts congressman from 1921 until his death. He was a close friend and neighbor of interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper. Also, read about the leadership role that women played in the early years of Historic New England, when it was known as the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities; and view images of iconic architecture from the professional portfolio of photographer Steve Rosenthal.
|Fall Issues||Summer Issues||Spring/Winter Issues|
|2019: Magic Markings||2019: Beauport||2019: Walter Gropius|
|2018: Sarah Orne Jewett||2018: Bird Art Collection||2018: Royal Barry Wills|
|2017: Paint by Number||2017: Eustis Estate||2017: Retro Glow|
|2016: Coolidge Point||2016: Henry Sheldon Museum||2016: Eustis Estate|
|2015: Haverhill||2015: Laser Technology||2015: The Root Club|
|2014: AH Davenport Archive||2014: Quincy House||2014: Cape Cod Canal|
|2013: Three-Deckers||2013: Sayward-Wheeler House||2013: Eustis Estate|
|2012: Boston City Hall||2012: Maine Lighthouses||2012: Silhouettes|
|2011: Lyman Estate||2011: Codman Estate||2011: Rural Churches|
|2010: Under One Roof||2010: Roseland Cottage||2010: Centennial|
|2009: Design Drawings||2009: Castle Tucker||2009: Kitchens|
|2008: Codman Paintings||2008: Countryside Landmarks||2008: Kitchens|
|2007: Faneuil Hall||2007: Beauport Colors||2007: Cogswell's Grant|
|2006: Sarah Orne Jewett||2006: Bowens at Home||2006: Browne House|
|2005: Alexander House||2005: John Hancock House||2005: Arnold House|
|2004: Verner Reed||2004: Beauport Backstage||2004: Roseland Cottage|
|2003: Gropius House||2003: Treasures on Tour||2003: Library & Archives|
|2002: Casey Farm||2002: Rundlet-May House||2001/2002: Partners|
|2001: Dairies||2001: Hamilton House||2001: Newbury, Mass.|
|2000: Fishing Lady||2000: Hamilton House||2000: Barrett House|