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Historic New England presents Program in New England Studies

April 12, 2011

BOSTON – February 2, 2011 – Historic New England presents 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.

Expert lecturers include:
– Cary Carson, retired vice president of the research division at Colonial Williamsburg
– Abbott Lowell Cummings, former director, Historic New England
– J. Ritchie Garrison, director, Winterthur Program in Early American Material Culture
– Brock Jobe, professor of decorative arts, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture
– Dean Lahikainen, curator of American decorative arts, Peabody Essex Museum
– Jane C. Nylander, president emerita, Historic New England
– Gerald W. R. Ward, Katharine Lane Weems curator of American decorative arts and sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
– Richard Guy Wilson, chair, Department of Architectural History, University of Virginia

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; and Woodstock, Connecticut; plus a presentation and tour of the Collections and Conservation Center in Haverhill, Massachusetts; and workshops in furniture, ceramics, and textiles. There is a private tour of the new Art of the America’s Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with Curator Gerald Ward, and Abbott Lowell Cummings and Cary Carson lead in-depth tours of Historic New England’s Newbury, Massachusetts, properties.

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 our website.

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. Visit

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