The Patrons' Program
Our challenge is the preservation of the historic house and the appropriate stewardship of the museum's fine collection of furnishings and artwork. Ongoing preservation efforts and proper collection management strongly encouraged by the American Alliance of Museums will increase the funding needs of our institution. We ask your participation in our Patrons' Program to assure the continued professional growth of the Nichols House Museum.
We look forward to another exciting year by presenting these special programs designed with your interests in mind. Your donation at the patron level provides essential operating funds for the Nichols House Museum.
Benefits of the Program
Becoming a patron will allow you access to these benefits:
- One year's sponsor-level membership
- Invitations to a special program of Patron lectures and receptions
- 15% off gift shop purchases
- Recognition in the Annual Report
- Complimentary invitation to The Holiday Eggnog Party
Patrons' Giving Levels
Nike Level $500 - $999
Diana Level $1,000 - $2,000
Patrons' Program Application
"A Collecting Narrative: The Triumphs and Tribulations of the Collecting Life.”
by Jonathan Fairbanks
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston
Dr. and Mrs. Nichols and their three daughters were enthusiastic collectors of American and European decorative arts. The permanent collection of the Nichols House is a testament to their fine, wide-ranging taste. Jonathan Fairbanks, Executive Director of the Fuller Craft Museum, and former senior curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will regale us with personal and professional anecdotes from his years as an avid collector.
"Beacon Hill Style and Elegance"
Reception and Cocktail Party
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Sophistication and elegance are the hallmarks of Beacon Hill entertaining. Patrons are invited to a reception at a Beacon Hill home which delights in and continues this time-honored tradition.
Jonathan Fairbanks, currently the Director of the Fuller Craft Museum, is an accomplished artist and expert in American decorative arts and antiques. Mr. Fairbanks created the American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and served as its curator for close to thirty years, beginning in 1970. Acknowledged as a leading expert in American decorative arts, Mr. Fairbanks has received several awards, including the Victorian Society of America Award for Conservation, The Charles F. Montgomery Award from the Decorative Arts Society, the Ellen Banning Ayer Award for Contributions to Arts and Culture, and the Lifetime Achievement Medal from the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston. In 2003 the Decorative Arts Trust announced the endowment of The Jonathan L. Fairbanks Lectureship in honor of Fairbanks’ achievements. In 2006 Fairbanks received the Iris Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Decorative Arts by the Bard Graduate Center.
Our challenge is to ensure that the preservation of the Nichols House Museum and the stewardship of its collection of fine and decorative arts meet the high standards set by the American Alliance of Museums. Our goals are to continue to manage our collection professionally and to provide the educational programming and local outreach that have received recognition from our constituents and from the museum community. Your support will help the Nichols House continue to be a Beacon Hill landmark and a model for house museums across the nation.
In 1885 Dr. Arthur Nichols, his wife Elizabeth, and their three daughters established their family residence at what is now the Nichols House Museum. Their oldest daughter, Rose Standish Nichols, noted landscape designer, auther and social activist, became the sole owner of the property after her parents' death. Miss Nichols owned and cared for the house from 1933 until her death in 1960. As specified in her will, the Nichols House has been open to the public as a museum since 1961. The house is a contributing resource to the Beacon Hill Historic District which was listed in 1966 as a National Historic Landmark.
Every effort has been made to maintain the house as it appeared in the early 1900s, a bustling period in Boston history, when Beacon Hill was home to many artists, writers, musicians, and social activists. Open year-round, the Nichols House Museum welcomes a growing number of international and domestic visitors. It provides an active schedule of educational lectures, programs, and special events for its membership and the community.