Program in New England Studies

12 May 2015 3:32 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

Historic New England presents the Program in New England Studies, an intensive week-long exploration of New England from Monday, June 15 to Saturday, June 20, 2015.

The Program in New England Studies includes lectures by noted curators and archExploring the collectionsitectural historians, workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and special access to historic house museums and collections. The program offers a broad approach to teaching the history of New England culture through artifacts and architecture in a way that no other museum in the Northeast can match.

Examine New England history and material culture from the seventeenth century through the Colonial Revival with some of the country’s leading experts in regional architecture and decorative arts. Curators lecture on furniture, textiles, ceramics, and art, with information on history, craftsmanship, and changing methods of production. Architectural historians explore architecture starting with the seventeenth-century Massachusetts Bay style through the Federal and Georgian eras, to Gothic Revival and the Colonial Revival.

Expert presenters include:

  • Nancy Carlisle, senior curator of collections, Historic New England
  • Cary Carson, retired vice president, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Lorna Condon, senior curator of library and archives, Historic New England
  • Joseph Cornish, supervising preservation services manager, Historic New England
  • Claire Dempsey, associate professor of American and New England Studies, Boston University
  • J. Ritchie Garrison, director, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
  • James L. Garvin, retired state architectural historian, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
  • Ben Haavik, team leader for property care, Historic New England
  • Brock Jobe, professor of decorative arts, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
  • Laura Johnson, associate curator, Historic New England
  • Dean Lahikainen, Carolyn and Peter Lynch curator of American decorative art, Peabody Essex Museum
  • Laurie Masciandaro, site manager for Roseland Cottage, Historic New England
  • David G. Milne, curator, Dennis Severs House
  • Kevin Murphy, professor and chair of History of Art, Vanderbilt University
  • Robert Mussey, independent conservator
  • Jane C. Nylander, president emerita, Historic New England
  • Richard C. Nylander, curator emeritus, Historic New England
  • Pam Peterson, executive director, Marblehead Museum and Historical Society
  • Gerald W. R. Ward, senior consulting curator and Katharine Lane Weems senior curator emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Gail Usher White, education program coordinator, Historic New England
  • Richard Guy Wilson, chair, Department of Architectural History, University of Virginia

Travel throughout New England for tours and receptions at historic properties in Greater Boston; Essex County, Massachusetts; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; South Berwick, Maine; and Woodstock, Connecticut. Participate in workshops and spend time with curators examining items from Historic New England's wide-ranging collection; visit private homes and collections; learn about a groundbreaking approach to interpreting eighteenth- and nineteenth-century domestic life at the Dennis Severs House in London; and enjoy a champagne reception on the terrace of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, on Gloucester Harbor. The program is a chance to meet people from all over the country who want to learn more about New England and to hear from the connoisseurs who want to share information about their area of expertise.

Fees and Registration

The $1,550 fee includes all lectures, admissions, guided tours, transportation to and from special visits and excursions, daily breakfast and lunch, scheduled evening receptions, and various service charges.

Scholarships are available to mid-career museum professionals and graduate students in the fields of architecture, decorative arts, material culture, or public history. Candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Program in New England Studies is designed to appeal to owners of historic houses, private collectors, museum professionals, graduate students, and those who enjoy New England history. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five participants. For a complete itinerary and registration information visit our website or call 617-994-6629.

About Historic New England
Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. Historic New England shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, historic properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. Visit

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