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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:...

A Woman’s Imperative: Ona Judge’s Fight for Freedom

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, discover how an enslaved woman’s escape to freedom brought her from the home of George Washington to the New Hampshire seacoast. This post is written by Dorothy Clark, editorial services manager for Historic New England. Ona Judge took only what was...

Nominate a collector for Historic New England’s 2017 Prize

Do you know someone with a passion for collecting old photos, drawings, advertisements, postcards, theater programs, or other paper materials that capture our history? Have they taken steps to share their collection with the public? They could be the winner of Historic New England’s eighth annual Prize for Collecting Works...

And the Museum Madness winner is…

Which Historic New England museum matters most to you? More than 1,000 people voted, and the winner of Historic New England’s first-ever Museum Madness contest is…Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts. The farm attracted 31% of the votes spread among thirty-six Historic New England museum properties. Runners-up included Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, in...

Answering your old-house questions, from New England and beyond

The preservation services team at Historic New England is a valuable resource for Historic Homeowner members, owners of properties in the Preservation Easement Program, and communities seeking advice on local preservation strategy. When regional and national media outlets need insight on old-house issues, they often ask our staff. Senior...

This wall rocks! Retaining Boston history at Otis House

Just before the February snowstorms, Historic New England completed restoration of the retaining wall at Otis House (1796) in Boston. To the casual observer, this project might not look as exciting as a roof replacement or the restoration of historic paint finishes. However, this critical infrastructure repair continues to reveal...

Newburyport Literary Festival connects Historic New England to local book lovers

Site managers at Historic New England are involved in their communities in myriad ways, serving on tourism boards and local events committees. For Regional Site Manager Bethany Groff Dorau, the Newburyport Literary Festival is a favorite community partner, and perfect blend of her two favorite things – local history...

Thank you to our Gilded Glamour sponsors

Saturday, April 29, 2017 An Evening to Benefit Historic New England and Celebrate the Unveiling of the Eustis Estate Thank you to the many people who supported the Gilded Glamour gala, celebrating the opening of the Eustis Estate Museum and Study Center. The opening of a new museum is...

“Mementos” at the Eustis Estate reveals the stories behind the jewelry

Mementos: Jewelry of Life and Love from Historic New England, the premiere exhibition at the Eustis Estate Museum and Study Center, opens May 17, 2017. Mementos features more than one hundred pieces of jewelry along with complementary textiles, portraits, and photographs from Historic New England’s extensive collections. Together, these...

Tour Historic New England museums for free during Open House

Saturday, June 3, 2017 Most Historic New England properties are open for free on the first Saturday in June during our annual Open House. From Maine to Rhode Island, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at...