Written in Light opens during Women’s History Month

Mar 7, 2019


The Milton Historical Society presents Written in Light: Photographs from the Milton Historical Society at the Eustis Estate from March 15 to September 29, 2019.

Margaret Sutermeister self portrait

Written in Light features photographs by Margaret Sutermeister (1875-1950), an amateur photographer working in Milton in the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. Sutermeister captured a wide range of subjects: romantic landscapes, street scenes, scientific experiments, and portraits both formal and candid.

Sutermeister was an active photographer from 1894 until her father’s death in 1909, when she took over managing the family’s plant nursery business and gave up photography. After her death in 1951, the new owners of her house discovered 1,800 glass-plate negatives in a barn on the property. They donated the negatives to the Milton Historical Society.

“Historic New England is pleased to host this exhibition from the Milton Historical Society in one of the galleries at the Eustis Estate. I love the parallels between Sutermeister and the Eustis family – they all lived in Milton and W.E.C. Eustis, the original owner of the house, was experimenting with photography during the time Sutermeister was active,” said Eustis Estate Site Manager Karla Rosenstein.

Plan your visit
The Eustis Estate is open Friday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through May. From June through September the hours will be Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Find out more about this and other exhibitions at Historic New England sites.