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Contact: Susanna Crampton, public relations officer, 617-994-5955.
Historic New England Fact Sheet
Historic New England in the News:
- Historic New England 2023 Summit a Success – Traditional Building
- 5 for Good: Historic New England works to recover ignored, suppressed stories – WCVB5
- Historic New England Summit in Rhode Island – Rhode Island Monthly
- New Campaign Director in Haverhill – Haverhill Gazette
- Time travel look to the past to uncover lost stories – WCVB Chronicle
- Historic New England Summit Engages in New Modes of Preservation – Providence Monthly
- What to see and do in Woodstock – CT Insider
- Maroulis to Spearhead Fundraising Campaign for Historic New England – 97.9WHAV
- Historic New England hires Nora Trebbe Maroulis as campaign director – MassNonprofit News
- Historic New England Lays Plans to Transform Haverhill Into a Cultural Destination – NorthShore Magazine
- Historic New England master plan – Haverhill Journal/HCMedia
- Connecticut’s Very Pink House – Grating the Nutmeg podcast
- Transforming Haverhill – Invest Boston
- New England Experiences Barbie Would Love – NewEngland.com/Yankee
- Historic New England plans major expansion in Haverhill – The Boston Globe
- Preservation Group Ponders Downtown Haverhill Hotel, Artist Space—Anchored by History Center – 97.9 WHAV
- Historic New England to create cultural center – Haverhill Gazette
- Historic New England to create cultural center – The Eagle-Tribune
- Historic New England Launches Transformational Public/Private Redevelopment Initiative – Business Wire
- Community Day at Boardman – Lynn Daily Item
- Reimagining the Otis House Campus – Beacon Hill Times
- Historic New England’s Open House – Antiques and the Arts Weekly
- Reimagining the Otis House Campus – Boston Sun
- The Truth About Sea Captains’ Houses – Yankee
- Project Chick at Casey Farm – WPRI – The Rhode Show
- Connecticut garden wedding venues – CT Insider
- Waltham’s historic Lyman Estate Greenhouses – It Happens Here (WBZ)
- New Regional Site Administrator, Metro Boston – Beacon Hill Times.
- Historian seeks to uncover stories of Black New Englanders – MassLive.com
- Historian to research new stories at Pierce House – Dorchester Reporter
- Acquiring a collection of jewelry ephemera – Maine Antique Digest
- Visit the Lyman Estate Greenhouses – Atlas Obscura
- An addition to the jewelry collection – ArtDaily.com
- New jewelry design material in the collection – Antiques and the Arts Weekly
- Jackson House on NH Chronicle – WMUR9
- Architectural style guide – Journal of Antiques & Collectibles
- Reimagining Preservation – Historic New England 2022 Summit – Venu Magazine
- Historic American Houses Every Design Lover Should Visit (including – Beauport) – AD PRO
- Festive houses decorated for Christmas – Forbes.com
- Book Prize announcement – The Boston Globe
- Old Newbury Bonfire – Forbes.com
- Historic sites to visit – New England With Love
- Seven indoor gardens and greenhouses – Boston Magazine
- Edward Gerber grant helps restore Bridgeport home – CT Insider/Westport News
- First Edward F. Gerber Urban Preservation Fund grant is awarded – CT News12
- Visiting Your Local House Museum – Apartment Therapy
- Bruce Blanchard receives preservation award from Portsmouth Advocates – SeacoastOnline
- Gropius House — An Exquisite Bauhaus Masterwork – The Arts Fuse
- Architectural details in a 300-year-old home – Apartment Therapy
- Historic New England Summit interview with Vin Cipolla – MassLive.com
- Loud Naked, & in Three Colors interview with Levan Reid – WBZ This Morning
- A Visit to Beauport – Wonderland
- Interview about Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors (recording starts at 4:50 point) – WBUR Radio Boston
- Andrew Stortz podcast on tattooing with Juli Moon & Erick Lynch – Books Closed
- Preservation in Worcester – Worcester Business Journal
- Ed Gerber – “one of the preservation good guys” – 06880
- Painted Picnic at the Eustis Estate – The Patriot Ledger
- Historic New England Summit – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles
- River of Resistance Walking Tour – The Times Record
- A family home in Concord, Mass. for sale with a preservation easement – Wall Street Journal
- More than a Market opens in Burlington – Seven Days
- Historic home owners in 10 CT communities can seek grants from Edward F. Gerber Fund – CT Insider
- More Than a Market celebrates immigrant-owned markets – WCAX
- History of Tattoos in Boston – Antiques and the Arts Weekly
- Slave History Medallion at Casey Farm – Providence Journal
- Women’s Work exhibition at Lyndhurst Mansion – The New York Times
- Group tours at Historic New England – Group Tour Magazine
- Erica Lome joins Historic New England – Antiques and the Arts Weekly
- Sleeper’s Beauty feature article – Frederic Magazine
- A trio of cultural ceremonies at a Lyman Estate wedding – Boston Magazine
- New England historic house museums to explore – Yankee
- Lynn Museum receives grant to support Khmner Identity exhibition – Itemlive.com
- Seven Indoor Gardens and Greenhouses – Boston Magazine
- Give the Gift of Belonging – The Boston Globe
- Eustis Estate one of nine decorated mansions – Yankee
- Six Community Preservation Grants Awarded – Antiques and the Arts Weekly
- Painting en plein air at Cogswell’s Grant – The Boston Globe
- What we have learned from old houses during COVID-19 – Forbes.com
- Looking Back with 2020 Vision opens at the Eustis Estate – Antiques and the Arts Weekly
- Historic Bowman House is open for tours – Portland Press Herald/Times Record
- The Eustis Estate – history and conservation work – New England Living
- Ten-pin bowling at Roseland Cottage – CTPost.com
- Conservation work at Clemence-Irons House – Johnston Sunrise
- Project Chick at North Smithfield Library – Valley Breeze
- Things to do in Wiscasset – TravelAwaits.com
- Henry Davis Sleeper and Beauport – Someone Lived Here
- Watson Farm in Jamestown episode – WCVB Chronicle
- Meet These Dynamic Female Historians North of Boston – NorthShore Magazine
- Gropius House – Worcester Living Magazine
- Your Home on the National Register – Forbes.com
- Spencer-Peirce Little Farm on Main Streets and Back Roads, Route 1A – WCVB Chronicle
- Ise Gropius, Lady Bauhaus – Harper’s Bazaar Italia
- New web app delves into Otis House and West End history – Beacon Hill Times
- New web app explores more at Casey Farm – RINews Today
- Close Encounters with Artful Stories – Fine Art Connoisseur magazine
- H.H. Richardson home gets temporary reprieve from demolition – The Architect’s Newspaper
- Artful Stories at the Eustis Estate – The Patriot Ledger
- Artful Stories at the Eustis Estate – The Boston Globe
- Preservation of Rundlet-May House receives 2020 award from Portsmouth Advocates – Seacoastonline.com
- Historic homes struggle to reopen in COVID-compliant way – Commonwealth Magazine
- Historic New England NEH Cares Act Grant – Antiques and the Arts Weekly
- Eustis Estate is one of eight venues for micro weddings – BostonMagazine.com
- Henry Davis Sleeper: Godfather Of Modern American Interior Design – Manchester Cricket
- Gropius House reopens for house tours – WickedLocal.com
- Castle Tucker reopens for house tours – Wiscasset Newspaper
- Vin Cipolla named next President and CEO – ArtDaily.com
- Vin Cipolla named next President and CEO – Beacon Hill Times
- Virtual tours of Gropius House and the Eustis Estate – Curbed Boston
- Virtual tours of Gropius House and the Eustis Estate – Boston.com
- Artful Stories online – Fine Art Connoisseur magazine
- Artful Stories online – ArtFixDaily.com
- Everything for the Garden – Christian Science Monitor
- Royal Barry Wills collection – Apartment Therapy
- Lyman Estate Greenhouses in “hot spots” segment – WCVB Chronicle
- Anatomy of a Scene – dance on the veranda from Little Women – The New York Times
- “Eight historic Massachusetts wedding venues” – The Boston Globe
- “Six dazzling North Shore wedding venues” – NorthShore Magazine
- Royal Barry Wills Associates Archive now online – Retro Renovation
- Garden book recommendations from Ask the Gardener – The Boston Globe
- Visit the Little Women locations – Forbes.com
- Seven Oh-So-Charming Wedding Venues – Boston Magazine
- Slide show of Gropius House images – Le Monde
- How to keep historic houses standing – Forbes.com
- Beauport in A Coastal Treasure article on Gloucester – The Boston Globe
- Harvard Magazine covers the Eustis Estate – Harvard Magazine
- Changing Landscape at the Eustis Estate – Artfixdaily.com
- The Man Who Built the Bauhaus – The New Yorker
- Casey Farms readies for visitors – North Kingston Independent
- RueLaLa visits Lyman Estate – RueNow
- Rundlet-May House – New Hampshire Home
- Gropius House a Modernist Marvel – Boston Magazine
- Historic New England Trustee in his element – Boston Design Guide
- Eustis Estate as wedding venue – The Boston Globe
- The Gothic Revival at Roseland Cottage – Forbes.com
- Where to experience the Bauhaus – Architecture News
- Bauhaus in pictures – BBC News
- A Brief History of Bauhaus Architecture – National Trust for Historic Preservation
- Christmas at the Eustis Estate – Yankee magazine
- A treasure trove of Historic Homes – The Boston Globe
- Steampunk Festival at Roseland Cottage – NYDailyNews.com
- Mrs. Bauhaus – Artsy
- Getaway Mavens visit Gloucester – Getaway Mavens
- Richard Haynes uncovers history during Langdon House residencey – SeacoastOnLine
- The Traveling Tour Guide visits Beauport – Traveling Tour Guide
- Take a tour of Watson Farm – NewportRI.com
- Roseland Cottage best-designed museum in Connecticut – Architectural Digest
- At the Eustis Estate – StreetofSalem.com
- Pedro Tovookan Parris in the news – Portland Press Herald
- Gropius in New England – Vita Brevis
- Don’t Buy Replacement Windows for your old house – Forbes.com
- Chronicle’s hidden gems at Eustis Estate – WCVB Chronicle
- Castle Tucker tour – WGME
- Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House – Harvard Magazine
- Chronicle visits Lyman Estate Greenhouses – WCVB Chronicle
- Casey Farm receives funding – North Kingstown Standard-Times
- Roseland Cottage one of thirty-five tours – HuffPost
- The Casey who finished the Washington Monument – Providence Journal
Photo and Film Shoots at Historic New England
Guidelines on personal and professional shoots
To allow for the enjoyment of all visitors to Historic New England’s properties and to help us care for our buildings, collections, and landscapes, we appreciate your compliance with our guidelines for personal and professional photography. Historic New England properties are first and foremost historic sites open for house and garden tours, public programs, and function rentals. Historic New England occasionally contracts with photographers to use the properties as commercial location sites or to film for the promotional purposes of Historic New England.
Personal/recreational photography is candid, souvenir-type photography using a non-paid photographer. The photographs are not to be used commercially. Costumes, props, and photo equipment such as tripods and large camera bags are prohibited. Large group photography for personal use requires advance reservations with the site manager or permission from the site manager. Professional portraits of any kind are not considered personal/recreational photography. Outdoor photography for personal use is permitted during regular museum and grounds operating hours. Visitors are welcome to take personal photographs of the exterior of Historic New England’s properties. Guests are not permitted to walk in plant beds or to handle any plants, plant containers, or outdoor sculpture. Interior photography for personal use is allowed during guided tours at Historic New England properties. For the safety and comfort of our visitors and the protection of our historic sites, we ask that you be aware of your surroundings and stay with your group. Video and selfie sticks are not allowed. Historic New England reserves the right to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises.
Professional photography is any session using a paid photographer or any professional-style shoot, including wedding, family, or special event portraits. Professional photography is permitted when approved in advance (at least 72-hours notice), requires a signed contract between the photographer and Historic New England along with a certificate of insurance, and is subject to fees. Exceptions may be made to the fee schedule when photography is determined by our organization, in its sole discretion, to promote Historic New England as a cultural institution or events venue. Outdoor photography for commercial purposes requires advance approval and a contract. Guests and photographers are not permitted to walk in plant beds or handle plants, plant containers, or outdoor sculpture, including the placement of props or equipment. Photography involving nudity is not permitted. Wedding and engagement photography at the properties where Historic New England rents space for functions is permitted exclusively by photographer(s) or videographer(s) hired by the couple renting the property for their special event. All commercial photo shoots must be scheduled through the media relations office in advance. Download a sample copy of our contract. All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must include your name, use, publisher, and date of publication.
Photography by the news media should be scheduled through Historic New England’s media relations office at [email protected].
Commercial or recreational use of drones is not allowed at Historic New England properties unless it is for purposes deemed beneficial to Historic New England. Typical uses include building and landscape assessment, property documentation, and photography and videography for marketing or publicity purposes. Permission for drone flight at a Historic New England property requires the written approval of the team leader for property care.
Images from Historic New England
Images from HistoricNewEngland.org may be used for school or academic reference free of charge for non-publication purposes in a school setting. Credit should be given to Historic New England and photos used from HistoricNewEngland.org should link back to the source. Historic New England cannot give permission for images it does not own that are credited on its website. It is the responsibility of the user to contact the image owner for permission and to make sure they are in compliance with copyright laws. Historic New England has a library of digital images available for non-commercial publication and promotional opportunities. All requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must include your name, use of the image, publisher, date of publication, requested image, and photography format requirements.
Historic New England Use of Photography
Historic New England may photograph or film its events and public programs. Unless you notify the photographer on site otherwise, your attendance at an event or program grants Historic New England permission to display and/or publish any photographs in which you appear. These photographs may be used in any and all of Historic New England’s publications and in any and all other media without limitation and are not subject to compensation. These materials are the property of Historic New England.
All requests for photography or filming on site are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must include your name, use, publisher, and date of publication. Historic New England reserves the right to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph at its sites or to reproduce photographs in its collections. Staff has the authority to approach anyone to enforce these rules. Failure to comply may result in removal from the premises. Please follow any verbal instructions.
Historic New England Fact Sheet
Useful facts and figures
Historic New England is the largest and most comprehensive independent preservation organization in the US. It welcomes the public to thirty-eight exceptional museums and landscapes, including several coastal farms. The organization operates a major collections and archives center in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and has the world’s largest collection of New England artifacts, comprising more than 125,000 decorative arts and objects and 1.5 million archival documents including photographs, architectural drawings, manuscripts, and ephemera. Engaging education programs for youths, adults, and preservation professionals and award-winning exhibitions and publications are offered in person and virtually. The Historic New England Preservation Easement program is a national leader and protects 120 privately owned historic properties throughout the region.
Historic New England serves the public through five key program areas: Homes, Farms, and Landscapes; Artifacts, Archives, and Stories; School and Youth Programs; Preservation Services, and Community Engagement and Leadership. The thirty-eight historic sites span four centuries of architectural styles and five New England states. Historic New England takes care of 167 buildings with 2,903 windows, 147 chimneys, 71 heating systems, and 284,228 square feet of roofs.
Number of Historic New England sites that are National Historic Landmarks: 14
- Arnold House, Lincoln, R.I.
- Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, Mass.
- Boardman House, Saugus, Mass.
- Gropius House, Lincoln, Mass.
- Hamilton House, South Berwick, Maine
- Jackson House, Portsmouth, N.H.
- Sarah Orne Jewett House, South Berwick, Maine
- Governor John Langdon House, Portsmouth, N.H.
- Lyman Estate, Waltham, Mass.
- Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset, Maine
- Otis House, Boston, Mass.
- Quincy House, Quincy, Mass.
- Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, Conn.
- Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, Mass.
Number of acres of historic gardens and open spaces that Historic New England preserves: Historic New England shares more than 1,371 acres with the public at our historic sites. In total, we protect more than 2,300 acres of land, which includes the 955 acres protected through our Preservation Easement Program.
Number of people who visited Historic New England sites in 2022: We welcomed 167,657 people to our properties in 2022. This includes visitors who came for guided tours, group tours, exhibitions, public programs, school programs, private functions, community meetings and events, and to enjoy the landscapes.
Number of objects in Historic New England’s collection of objects: There are more than 125,000 objects in Historic New England’s collection. It is the largest assemblage of New England art and artifacts in the country. We share this collection with the public through exhibitions; our Collections Access database; and at our historic sites, where more than 40,000 objects are on display. Number of items in Historic New England’s Library and Archives: There are more than 1.5 million items documenting New England’s architectural and cultural history in the Library and Archives. The archival collection includes:
- 450,000 photographs and negatives
- 61,000 architectural drawings
- 25,700 pieces of ephemera
- 10,000 newspaper clippings
- 11,400 books
- 2,500 prints
- 1,000 linear feet of manuscripts
- 765 maps and atlases
- 700 drawings and watercolors
- Historic New England’s institutional archives
Number of students served in 2022: Historic New England served 31,550 students in 2022 from 168 communities. We offer more than thirty different school programs at ten sites: Arnold House, Casey Farm, Coffin House, Eustis Estate, Hamilton House, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, Pierce House, Quincy House, Roseland Cottage, and Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. Our educational programs are recognized for their innovative use of historic resources to reinforce and enrich student learning.
Number of public programs offered in 2022: Historic New England offered more than 286 public programs in 2022 that were enjoyed by 56,706 participants.
Number of privately owned properties in the Preservation Easement Program: There are more than 120 privately owned historic properties across New England protected through Historic New England’s Preservation Easement Program, one of the first preservation easement programs in the country, and the model on which many other programs are based. This program protects 228 buildings and 955 acres.
Number of Historic New England members: Historic New England has 8,233 member households. More than ninety percent of Historic New England members live in one of the six New England states but the breadth, importance, and vitality of our mission draws the interest and support of individuals from forty-three states, plus the District of Columbia. Members receive free admission to thirty-eight Historic New England homes, farms, and landscapes; three issues per year of Historic New England magazine; the Guide to Historic Properties; Historic New England’s monthly e-newsletter; membership card; passport; discounts on purchases made at museum shops, farm produce from Casey Farm, and items purchased at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses; access to many free-to-members events across the region; and discounts on public programs and events throughout the year.
Complimentary and reduced admissions: Historic New England provides complimentary and discounted house tour admissions to the following groups/members with appropriate identification:
- AAA, two-for-one admission
- American Alliance of Museums (AAM), free
- Active duty military and families, free
- Children five and under, free
- Children ages six to twelve, see individual site listings
- Card to Culture / EBT – $2 admission for house tours for up to four guests
We are proud to participate in the Massachusetts Card to Culture program, a collaboration between Mass Cultural Council and the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by broadening accessibility to cultural programming.
- Group tour leaders, free
- Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, free
- Library Pass participants, free
- Maine Public Radio – two-for-one-admission
- Massachusetts Teachers Association, two-for-one admission
- MBTA Charlie Card holders, two-for-one admission
- Museum Consortium partners, free
- Museums for All / EBT- $2 admission for house tours for up to four guests
- New England Adventure Card, two-for-one admission
- New Hampshire Public Television, two-for-one admission
- Outdoor History Museum Forum, two-for-one admission
- Press and tour planners, free
- Rhode Island Public Television, two-for-one admission
- Senior citizens, see individual site listings
- Students with valid I.D., see individual site listings
- WGBH, two-for-one admission
- WUMB Radio, two-for-one admission
- Zipcar, two-for-one admission
Sample Story Ideas
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