Program in New England Studies Schedule Announced

A good friend, Ken Turino reminded me that his organization, Historic New England is again presenting their Program in New England Studies, an intensive learning experience with lectures by curators and architectural historians, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours of Historic New England’s house museums and collections, and other museums and homes in the region. The program is held from Monday, June 20 to Saturday, June 25.   Program in New England Studies examines New England history and material culture from the seventeenth century through the Colonial Revival and delves into building design and technology and the wide-ranging lifestyles illustrated by the historic sites on the itinerary.

The schedule is below.

Itinerary for 2011 Program in New England Studies

Monday, June 20

Seventeenth Century Massachusetts Bay

9:00                             Depart for Haverhill, Massachusetts

10:00                           Breakfast/Registration at Historic New England’s Collection and Conservation Center

10:15                           Welcome and Orientation

10:30               How Colonial New England Became Britain’s Pottery Barn

Cary Carson, Vice President, Research Division (retired) Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

11:30               Lecture and hands on demo: Seventeenth-Century Joined Furniture

Robert Tarule, furniture historian and author, The Artisan of Ipswich

1:00                 Leave for Newbury, Mass.

1:30                 Box Lunch at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

2:30                 Tour of c. 1670 Swett-Ilsley House and

Coffin House, 1678

Abbott Lowell Cummings, former director, Historic New England and Cary Carson

5:30                 Return to Boston

6:00                 Alumni Lecture/Reception

Revitalizing Historic House Museums by Ken Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions, Historic New England

Tuesday, June 21

Seventeenth/Eighteenth Century: Piscataqua

7:45 am           Depart Boston for Portsmouth, New Hampshire

9:00                 Lecture: Eighteenth-Century Architecture

James L. Garvin, State Architectural Historian, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

10:30                           Lecture: New England House and Home

Jane C. Nylander, Historic New England, President Emerita

12:00 pm         Lunch at 1784 Langdon House,

1:00                 Tour of Langdon House

Craig Tuminaro, regional site manager

2:00                 Tour of c.1716 Warner House

Richard Candee, Professor Emeritus, American and New England Studies, Boston University

3:00                 Depart for Kittery Point, Maine

3:30                 Tour of 1760 Lady Pepperrell House

Joseph Cornish, Senior Stewardship Manager, Historic New England

4:30 Depart for Portsmouth

5:00                 Reception at the home of Jane C. Nylander and Richard C. Nylander

6:30                 Return to Boston

Wednesday, June 22


9:15am                        Eighteenth- Century American Furniture

Brock Jobe, Professor of Decorative Arts, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture

10:30                           Tour of 1796 Otis House

Richard Nylander, Historic New England, Curator Emeritus,

12:30               Box Lunch provided

1:15                 Depart for Haverhill Collections and Conservation Center

2:30                             Workshops (Furniture, Ceramics, and Textiles) at Haverhill Collections and Conservation Center

Brock Jobe and Nancy Carlisle, Curator and Laura Johnson, Associate Curator, Historic New England

5:00                 Depart for Boston

6:00                 Tour of Historic New England Curator of Library and Archives

Lorna Condon, Curator of Library and Archives, Historic New England

Thursday, June 23

The Nineteenth-Century

9:00 am                       The Architecture and Landscape of Federal New England

J. Ritchie Garrison, Director, Winterthur Program in Early American Material Culture, University of Delaware

10:15                           Federal Furniture in New England

Robert Mussey, Independent Conservator

11:30               Depart for Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

12:00 pm         Tour of Pierce Nichols House

Dean Lahikainen, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art, Peabody Essex Museum

1:00                 Lunch at the Peabody Essex Museum

2:30                 Tour of 1804 Gardner-Pingree House

Dean Lahikainen

4:00                 Depart for Boston

5:30                 Curators Tour of the new Art of the America’s Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gerry W. R. Ward, Katharine Lane Weems Curator American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Friday, June 24

Victorian Era

8:00am                        Depart Otis for Woodstock, Connecticut

10:00                           Wild and Colorful: American Victorian Architecture, 1840-1890

Richard Guy Wilson, Chair, Department of Architectural History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

11:00               Victorian Furniture: Design Run Amok or Inspired Creativity?

Nancy Carlisle, Curator, Historic New England

12:00pm          Box Lunch at Roseland Cottage, provided

1:00                             Tour of 1846 Roseland Cottage

Lisa Centola, site manager

2:30                 Depart Woodstock for Lincoln, Mass.

4:00                             Tour of c. 1740 Codman House and Landscape

Richard Nylander and Ben Haavik, Team Leader, Property Care, Historic New England

5:30                 Return to Boston

6:00                             Reception at the home of Nancy Carlisle

Saturday, June 25

Colonial Revival

9:00am                        Colonial Redux: The Revival of American Architecture and Art

Gerald W. R. Ward

10:15                           Creating a History for New England’s Architecture: The Colonial Revival from the Civil War to the First World War

Kevin D. Murphy, Professor and Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Art History, CUNY Graduate Center, New York

11:30pm          Depart Boston for Essex, Mass.

12:00                           Tour of 1728 Cogswell’s Grant

Richard C. Nylander and Nancy C. Carlisle (Group A Tour and Group B eat Lunch)

2:30                             Depart for Gloucester

3:00                             Tour 1907 Beauport, Sleeper McCann House,

Richard Nylander and Nancy Carlisle

4:00                 Reception on Beauport Terrace

5:30                 Depart for Boston: End of Program

Fees and Registration

The $1,450 program 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 Joanne Flaherty at 617-994-6629 or visit Historic New England’s website.

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