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
"Furnishing the Hub: Boston Furniture Collections and Collectors"
by Gerald W.R. Ward
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston
Since its founding in 1630, Boston has been a center — usually the center — for furniture making in Massachusetts. In addition to its role in furnishing fine Boston homes for each generation, Boston furniture has also been collected since the late nineteenth century by individuals attracted by its quality and who recognize its artistic and historical importance. In his talk, Gerald Ward will draw upon his involvement in "The Cabinetmaker and the Carver" exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society, the "Made in Massachusetts" exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum, and the creation of the website www.fourcenturies.org to discuss the nature and evolution of Boston furniture and those who have collected it since the seventeenth century. Both exhibition and the website are part of the "Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture" consortium celebrating furniture making in the Commonwealth in 2013-2014.
"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 the home of Barbara and Earl Lewis, which delights in and continues this time-honored tradition.
Gerald W.R. Ward is the Senior Consulting Curator and the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has had an extensive career, having held curatorial positions at the Yale University Art Gallery and Strawbery Banke, and as editor in the publication office of the Winterthur Museum. He has published extensively in the area of American decorative arts. In his current position, Mr. Ward has led an in-depth assessment of the MFA’s extensive collection of American furniture; curated an exhibition on Boston furniture for the Massachusetts Historical Society in fall 2013; conducted research on the Irish presence in early Boston decorative arts for the 2012 Dublin Seminar; and has undertaken writing projects for the Fuller Craft Museum, Vitra Design Museum, and Currier Gallery of Art. In November 2013, Mr. Ward is slated to be the inaugural recipient of the Wendell D. Garrett Award from the Winterthur Museum.
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.