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At Otis House, repairs aren’t just another stone in the wall

After much planning and preparation, Historic New England began restoring an early nineteenth-century stone wall at the Otis House Museum in Boston earlier this month. Like the museum itself, the wall is a reminder of a neighborhood that was largely lost to twentieth-century redevelopment. We have yet to find...

Otis House wall reveals new mysteries

At Historic New England, our staff works to preserve a wide range of properties, from seventeenth-century stone-enders to working farms and mid-century Modern. Despite the breadth of projects this entails, our team can still be surprised by things we find during preservation. Repairs to a retaining wall at Otis...

Register now for homeschool programs

For the third year in a row, Historic New England is excited to offer our award-winning school and youth programs specially for homeschool families. Each month, join Historic New England for a different program for homeschool families at one of our historic properties. Most programs take place on either...

Vermont grange film project wins grant

Historic New England recently earned a $1,000 grant from Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program for an upcoming Everyone’s History project in Vermont. Historic New England will partner with two Vermont granges, Middle Branch Grange in East Bethel and Riverside Grange in West Topsham, to create a thirty-minute film celebrating...

Apply to Fine Arts and Crafts Festivals

Calling New England artists and craftspeople   We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Fine Arts and Crafts Festival applications are now available on Zapplication. We encourage all artisans to apply! For more than three decades, Historic New England has hosted Fine Arts and Crafts Festivals at two...

Kids love the summer camps at Casey Farm

Historic New England’s Casey Farm in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, is the perfect place to send your children to camp. Each day campers interact with farm animals, join in games and crafts, and participate in farm activities. Summer Fun Days, Ages 3 –13 These one-day camps engage your child in fun...

All that glitters: Reversible gilding in the conservation lab

Historic New England is restoring a purple couch that long sat in the stairhall at Otis House. The second phase of this project involves re-gilding the passages on the arms and back of the couch that were signed by famed nineteenth-century carver Thomas Wightman. After cleaning the surfaces to remove years...

Scholarships available for Program in New England Studies

Historic New England and a group of generous donors are providing multiple scholarships for this year’s Program in New England Studies. The scholarships are available to mid-career museum professionals and graduate students in the fields of architecture, decorative arts, material culture, or public history. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural...

Museum Madness: Help preserve historic sites in March

Which Historic New England museum is most important you? Let us know by voting in our Museum Madness contest. Choose from one-of-a-kind historic sites like the oldest house in New Hampshire (Jackson House in Portsmouth); to the home of one of America’s first interior designers (Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, in...

Celebrate Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and Historic New England is offering special tours to celebrate. On Saturday, March 25, visit Otis House in Boston for a special Ladies of the House tour. Discover the stories of a diverse range of women who lived in the 1796 Beacon Hill mansion:...