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A New Online Presence for Historic New England’s Massachusetts Furniture

Guest blog post by Nancy Carlisle, Senior Curator of Collections, Historic New England

One of my first jobs when  I began working at Historic New England in 1987 was to oversee a cataloging project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that focused on the extensive collection of furniture housed in the Haverhill collections facility. This was to be Historic New England’s first cataloging project in which we entered a broad range of information into a database system.… Read More

Dedicated to Craft at North Bennet Street School

Guest blog post by Nancy Jenner, Director of Communications, North Bennet Street School

A Bit of History

Aspiring artisans have been coming to North Bennet Street School (NBSS) to learn woodworking since the school opened in Boston’s North End in 1881. In 1947, the furniture making program was established and thrived under the leadership of George Fullerton who joined the school in 1951 and taught for 34 years. Fullerton learned furniture making as an apprentice in Charlestown, Massachusetts working with furniture makers trained in Europe.… Read More

Discover the Studio Movement in Boston: Events around the City

Artists of the Studio Movement create furniture, pottery, glass, metalwork, textiles, and jewelry for individual enjoyment rather than mass production. The movement traces its beginnings to the period just after World War II, and I, personally, have been watching the movement develop and mature for more than 30 years.

Over the years, I have had the pleasure to meet many studio artists in person. Knowing and connecting with the person who created a piece provides a fuller experience and understanding of the work.… Read More

Delightfully Designed: The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard

The Making of an Exhibit

Guest post by Christie Jackson, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, Old Sturbridge Village

The old proverb of “it takes a village to raise a child,” could easily be changed to: “it takes a Village to put on an exhibit.” On October 19, 2013, the exhibit Delightfully Designed: The Furniture and Life of Nathan Lombard will open at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV).

This has been an ambitious project for us. Many new historical discoveries have come out of a year’s worth of curatorial research, providing new insights into the furniture, family, and business of 19th century cabinetmaker Nathan Lombard.… Read More