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Historic New England Fact Sheet

Historic New England saves and shares New England’s past to engage and inform present and future generations. We are the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation.

We serve 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. Our thirty-seven historic sites span four centuries of architectural styles and five New England states. Historic New England takes care of 160 buildings with 2,903 windows, 147 chimneys, 67 heating systems, and 284,228 square feet of roofs.

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, Mass.

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, Mass.

Number of Historic New England sites that are National Historic Landmarks: 14

Number of acres of historic gardens and open spaces that Historic New England preserves: Historic New England shares more than 1,284 acres with the public at our historic sites. In total, we protect more than 2,200 acres of land, which includes the 927 acres protected through our Preservation Easement Program.

Number of people who visited Historic New England sites in 2019: We welcomed 217,566 people to our properties in 2019. 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: There are more than 123,000 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; through 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:

Number of students served in 2019: Historic New England served 44,943 students in 2019 from 196 communities. We offer

School program at Pierce House, Dorchester, Mass.

more than fifty different school programs at fourteen sites: Arnold House, Casey Farm, Castle Tucker, Codman Estate, Coffin House, Eustis Estate, Hamilton House, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, Nickels-Sortwell House, Otis House, 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 2019: Historic New England offered more than 400 public programs in 2019 that were enjoyed by 72,699 participants.

Number of privately owned properties in the Preservation Easement Program: There are currently 113 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. More than 200 buildings and 900 acres are protected through this program.

Number of Historic New England members: Historic New England has 9,279 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-one states, plus the District of Columbia. Members receive free admission to thirty-seven Historic New England homes, farms, and landscapes, and the Library and Archives; three issues per year of Historic New England magazine; the Guide to Historic Properties; Historic New England Events; membership card; passport; discounts on purchases made at shops; access to nearly one hundred free-to-members programs and events; and discounts on public programs.

Complimentary and reduced admissions: Historic New England provides complimentary and discounted house tour admissions to the following groups/members with appropriate identification:

Media contact: Susanna Crampton, public relations officer, 617-994-5955