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When not mowing creates a basket of gold

Historic New England is restoring the meadow across the street from Barrett House in New Ipswich, New Hampshire. Working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and its Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, our goal is to develop and improve wildlife habitat to encourage native pollinators and provide coverage for birds and other local...

Apply for a 2017 Community Preservation Grant

Application Deadline: August 7, 2017 Each year, Historic New England provides Community Preservation Grants of $1,000 to one small to mid-sized heritage organization in each of the six New England states. These grants support projects that raise the visibility of historic preservation and present diverse stories of life in our region....

Garden club wins award for work at Nickels-Sortwell House

For its restoration of the 1930s gardens at Historic New England’s Nickels-Sortwell House in Wiscasset, Maine, the Garden Club of Wiscasset is the winner of the Longfellow Pitcher for Preservation of Beauty award. The club received the award at the Garden Club Federation of Maine’s annual convention on June 21. Starting in the spring...

Capturing stories of modern Roxbury: Beryl Harris

This summer, Helina Dawit Yohannes, an incoming senior at Suffolk University, is working with Urban Edge and Historic New England to compile an archive of the personal stories of residents of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. As part of Historic New England’s goal of preserving and sharing stories of life in the region, this project...

Glass-plate negatives preserve work of early female photographer

Historic New England’s collection services team works with interns to help preserve, catalogue, and digitize our archival and object collections. Below, intern Gracey Hellstrom shares what her work with glass-plate negatives from the Library and Archives tells us about an early female photographer.   The Alice Augusta Rogerson Brown photographic collection, which I helped...

Attaching a show-stopping show cover: Minimally invasive upholstery in the Conservation Lab

Historic New England’s Thomas Wightman couch, which we reported on earlier here and here, is finally completed and ready for photography. What is minimally invasive upholstery? Each time a piece is traditionally reupholstered, there are several rows of tacks that are used to attach each layer to the frame. Each upholstery...

Cate Irvine is artist-in-residence at Governor John Langdon House

Historic New England and the New England Sculptors Association (NESA) are pleased to announce that sculptor Cate Irvine is the artist-in-residence at Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. From August 4 to 27, the artist’s studio is open to the public Fridays through Sundays during museum open...

In conservation, Japanese tissue is a magic material

Japanese tissue is one of the most versatile materials in the conservator’s arsenal. It comes in a variety of thicknesses, can easily be toned, and can be incredibly strong. Japanese tissue is made from a variety of vegetable fibers, including those from the mulberry tree. It is known for...

Site manager appointed for the Eustis Estate

Historic New England is pleased to announce that Karla Rosenstein is appointed site manager for the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts. As site manager, Rosenstein is responsible for overseeing the management and local marketing of the Eustis Estate, coordinating the daily operation of the regional office, and serving as Historic New...

Thank you to our Feast for the Farms sponsors

Friday, July 28, 2017 Casey Farm, Saunderstown, Rhode Island Benefiting the preservation and care of Casey Farm and Watson Farm, and the educational programs offered at the farms. Thank you to the many people who supported Feast for the Farms, celebrating the beauty and bounty of Casey Farm and...