For Lovers of New England: A Week on the Road in June

Discover the rich history of the region with Historic New England’s Program in New England Studies, an intensive week-long exploration of New England from Monday, June 18 to Saturday, June 23, 2012.  The Program in New England Studies includes lectures by noted curators and architectural historians, hands-on workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and special access to historic house museums and museum collections. The program examines New England history and material culture from the seventeenth century through the Colonial Revival. Curators lecture on furniture, textiles, ceramics, art, and wallpaper and cover their history, craftsmanship, and changing methods of production. Architectural historians explore a timeline of regional architecture starting with the Massachusetts Bay styles of the seventeenth century through the Federal and Georgian eras, to Gothic Revival and the Colonial Revival. Participants visit historic sites and museums with curators and enjoy special receptions.

Expert lecturers include:

  • Richard Candee, professor emeritus, Boston University
  • Cary Carson, retired vice president of the research division at Colonial Williamsburg
  • Abbott Lowell Cummings, former director, Historic New England
  • James L. Garvin, state architectural historian, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
  • J. Ritchie Garrison, director, Winterthur Program in Early American Material Culture
  • Brock Jobe, professor of decorative arts, Winterthur Program in Early American
  • Dean Lahikainen, curator of American decorative arts, Peabody Essex Museum
  • Jane C. Nylander, president emerita, Historic New England
  • Richard C. Nylander, curator emeritus, Historic New England
  • Robert Blair St. George, associate professor of history, University of Pennsylvania
  • Gerald W. R. Ward, senior consulting curator and Katharine Lane Weems senior
    curator emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Richard Guy Wilson, chair, Department of Architectural History, University of

The group enjoys several receptions at private homes and travels to sites throughout New England for tours at Historic New England properties in Greater Boston; Essex County, Massachusetts; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; South Berwick, Maine; and Woodstock, Connecticut; plus workshops in furniture, ceramics, and textiles at the Collections and Conservation Center in Haverhill, Massachusetts. There is a private tour of the Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with Curator Gerald Ward, in-depth tours by Abbott Lowell Cummings and Cary Carson of Historic New England’s Newbury, Massachusetts, properties; and a tour and reception of the Ayer Mansion in Boston, the country’s only surviving residence created by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Fees and Registration

The $1,500 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. Three scholarships are available to mid-career museum professionals and graduate students in the fields of architecture, decorative arts, material culture, or public history. Program in New England Studies is designed to appeal to owners of historic houses, collectors, museum professionals, graduate students, and those who enjoy New England history, and is limited to twenty-five participants. For more information on the program, contact Ken Turino at 617-994-5958 or visit

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. We share the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England.

3 thoughts on “For Lovers of New England: A Week on the Road in June

  1. bellegroveatportconway

    We are working on opening a bed and breakfast in a very historic home in Virginia. It was the property where James Madison was born and his mother grew up. So I love history and all that it covers. Thanks for the great post! I really enjoyed it! I also love your banner! Drayton Hall was so beautiful when we visited several years ago!


    1. Max van Balgooy Post author

      Thanks for your comment and for preserving an historic house! I hope the James Madison connection has encouraged you to visit James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia and the other Belle Grove (where James Madison’s sister lived) in the Shenandoah Valley just south of Winchester, Virginia. Both are wonderful historic sites that are open to the public.


      1. bellegroveatportconway

        Funny but we have already been to both places! In fact I saw Belle Grove in Middletown first, then Montpelier and then found our Belle Grove. I was already in love with the history of James Madison by the time we got here. Love both places! I have a post about the “Other Belle Grove” on my blog. I have already spoken to one of the directors there and we are making plans for them to come see our place soon!


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