Patron Program Events

Make Your Own History

History comes to life when you get to experience special places and make your own memories.

Visionary Circle

$50,000 or more

Enjoy the opportunity to host an intimate dinner party for up to twelve guests at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts with the Historic New England expert of your choice (dinner not included).

Become a Visionary Circle Patron


President’s Circle

$25,000 or more

Enjoy the opportunity to host a cocktail party for up to twenty guests at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts with the Historic New England expert of your choice (refreshments not included).

Become a President’s Circle Patron



1910 Founders Society

Contributing $10,000 or more

Entertain at Otis House

Don’t miss this limited opportunity to host friends in the parlor at Otis House in Boston. Entertain in the stately home of the prominent young socialite Sally Foster Otis and Harrison Gray Otis, a lawyer who was instrumental in developing nearby Beacon Hill, served in Congress, and was a mayor of Boston. Architect Charles Bulfinch designed the house in 1796 with entertaining in mind. A property expert will be on hand to help you relive the history.

Hip Sips 

Host an evening of comestibles and cocktails à la hip ‘60s mode at Walter and Ise Gropius’s innovative Gropius House, their internationally renowned home in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, Walter and his wife, Ise, entertained twentieth-century notables in their home including Alexander Calder, Igor Stravinsky, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Riverside Retreat

Bring your friends to the picturesque setting at Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine, overlooking the Salmon Falls River. Marvel at the exquisite wallpapers throughout the house and wander through the scenic gardens with your private guide. The informal cottage is yours to relax in while taking in the reflective river view with your guests.

Get Together at the Governor’s

Hear the stories of Portsmouth’s mercantile boom and the early years of New Hampshire’s statehood at Governor John Langdon House, one of the finest Georgian residences in the country and a National Historic Landmark. Host your friends or family in the elegant double parlor ornamented by elaborate wood carving in the Rococo style and stroll the idyllic outdoor setting with a perennial flower border, a 100-foot rose and grape arbor, and summer pavilion.

*Additional opportunities can be curated to your interests.

Become a 1910 Founders Society Patron


Preservation Champions

Contributing $5,000 or more

Take a Deep Dive at Roseland Cottage

Travel back in time at the Bowens’ summer retreat in Woodstock, Connecticut. Instantly recognizable for its pink exterior  —dubbed a “brilliant crushed strawberry” by the New York Times in 1887—Roseland Cottage has equally unique features hidden from the public’s view. Is there really a swimming pool in the cellar? Explore the little-seen areas of Roseland Cottage from attic to cellar, solarium to stalls on this revealing special tour of Woodstock’s Pink House.


Indigenous Origins of Casey Farm

For more than 10,000 years the Narragansett people cultivated the land now known as Saunderstown, Rhode Island. Experience Casey Farm and see cultural objects found through archaeology, as well as art created by living Narragansett artists. Learn about our current partnership with the Tomaquag Museum and how Historic New England has incorporated Indigenous history, stories, culture, and art into the story of Casey Farm.


Caring for Treasures

Join the curatorial and conservation staff for an exclusive look inside the Center  for Preservation and Collections in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Learn the stories behind some of the extraordinary paintings, needlework, costume, ceramics, and furniture, and see ongoing conservation treatment projects and our new state-of-the-art controlled atmosphere treatment system (the Bubble). Handle objects and learn tips for caring for your own treasures.


Beauport in the Evening

Experience Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in the evening as the sun sets over Gloucester Harbor in Massachusetts. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper’s summer retreat. A National Historic Landmark, this was the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, and in the evening the house sparkles.

*Additional opportunities can be curated to your interests.

Become a Preservation Champions Patron


All Patron members receive invitations to these events and more.

Contributing $2,500 or more

Wonderland Walks
Saturday, April 15, 2023  Watson Farm
Saturday, June 10, 2023  Beauport, the Sleeper McCann House
Saturday, September 23, 2023  Castle Tucker & Nickels-Sortwell House

Enjoy a magical walk outdoors with President and CEO Vin Cipolla and an overview from a property expert at one or more of these magnificent sites to talk about history and design, conservation, the arts, and the extraordinary diversity of the New England experience.

The Historic New England Summit
The VETS, Providence, Rhode Island, and Livestream November 2 and 3, 2023

Join us this fall in Providence, Rhode Island at New England’s largest conference to discuss our collective roles in creating livable and resilient communities. The second annual Summit brings together experts and philanthropists for two days of exciting conversations.

The Night of Prizes
Late Fall 2023

Join this year’s winners of the Historic New England Book Prize and Prize for Collecting Works on Paper for a presentation about their books and collections.

Holiday Party
December 2023

Celebrate the season together!

Become an Appleton Circle Patron


Special Events


March 11, 2023

The Historic New England Medal Gala

Thank you for your support!

Historic New England hosted an unforgettable and festive evening of dining, lively conversation, storytelling, and surprises. We were delighted to present the Historic New England Medal to the honorees as a part of the second annual Historic New England Medal Gala.

View the 2023 Medal Gala

November 2 & 3, Providence, Rhode Island

The Historic New England Summit

The annual Historic New England Summit presents two days of exciting conversations that explore how 21st-century challenges and opportunities are transforming the fields of historic preservation, architecture, urban planning, conservation, arts and culture, museum studies, collections management, public history, and education. The program includes keynote presentations by regional and national leaders, panel discussions, provocations, networking opportunities, and more. Join us November 2 and 3 at The VETS in Providence, Rhode Island or via livestream.

Learn More & Register


For more information or to take advantage of any of these benefits, please contact the Events Office at 617-994-5934 or [email protected].


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