Program Highlights Spring 2014

June 5

Featured Event

Spring Fête

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Boston Athenæum, 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston

Friends and neighbors of the Nichols House Museum welcome Spring at this annual fund raiser and silent auction.

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If you cannot attend, but would like to support the Window Restoration Project with a donation, please click below.

April 12 and
May 17

Servant Life Tours in conjunction with the House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston

Tour Times: 12:00 p.m., 1:30p.m., and 3:00p.m.
Location: Nichols House Museum, Otis House Museum, Gibson House Museum
Admission is $5 per person, per tour

See the Nichols House from a whole new perspective! During this special event, each tour group will assume the role of newly hired servants becoming acquainted with the Nichols family household for the first time. The guide will explain the management of the home, and show the "new hires" the house and introduce them to their place in the household as domestic help. Take this unique tour to learn about servant responsibilities, social conditions, and lifestyle during the early twentieth century on historic Beacon Hill.

April 14

Barbara Shapiro – The Art Forger

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston

The New York Times bestselling author Barbara Shapiro will talk about her book, The Art Forger, based on the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history. In her acclaimed novel, the protagonist, Claire Roth, a struggling young artist with her own scandalous past, discovers that there's more to this crime than meets the eye.

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May 13

Annual Meeting

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

 

Previous Programs from Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

September 28

Smithsonian Museum Day

Time: 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

Free admission for two adults with Smithsonian Museum Day Live! ticket. For more information click here.

September 30

Stephen Puleo – Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston

Shortly after noon on January 15, 1919, a 50-foot-tall steel tank filled with 2.3 million gallons of molasses collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents in a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that traveled at 35 miles per hour. The Great Boston Molasses Flood claimed the lives of 21 people and caused widespread destruction. Dark Tide uses the gripping drama of the flood to examine the sweeping changes brought about by World War I, Prohibition, the anarchist movement, immigration, and the expanding role of big business in society. It's also a chronicle of the courage of ordinary people, from the firemen caught in an unimaginable catastrophe to the soldier-lawyer who presided over the lawsuit with heroic impartiality.

SOLD OUT!

Lecture:

October 22 - November 23

Deconstructing Schoolgirl Embroidery

Exhibit, included with regular admission
Location: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

Using samplers and needlework pictures from the permanent collection of the Nichols House and works from a private collection, this exhibit explores the education of New England girls through their handiwork.

October 29

Kathryn Greenthal - Engaging the Viewer:  Participatory Art in Contemporary Times

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston

Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Lecture

The impulse by artists to engage the viewer by having him participate in their works has exploded internationally since the 1990s and has become immensely popular with the public.   Deliberate and intentional interaction as well as accidental and coincidental involvement will be explored as will the element of risk the artist takes by having the spectator create and complete a piece.    Among the artists who will be discussed are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Olafur Eliasson, Marina Abramović, and Ai Weiwei.

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November 4

Carol Bundy – The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr.

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston

What are we dying for, and is the sacrifice worth it? is a question soldiers always ponder in war. In The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr., 1835-64, Carol Bundy tells the remarkable story of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr.'s brief, intense life, and eloquently explores the psychological and social forces that turned an idealistic young man into a soldier. Set against the backdrop of one soldier's failed promise, The Nature of Sacrifice is also a lively history of the abolitionist, Transcendentalist Boston into which Lowell was born.

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December 3

Traditional Beacon Hill Eggnog Party

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

Join us for a cup of cheer and delicious hors d'oeuvres with friends and neighbors of the Nichols House.

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December 8

Holiday House Tour

Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

SOLD OUT

Thank you for your support!

December 13, 20

Holiday Open House

Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

Free admission to the Nichols House Museum.

February 24, 2014

Ken Shulman -The World's Greatest Rivalry: A Look at the India-Pakistan Conflict Through Cricket

Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: American Meteorological Society 45 Beacon Street, Boston

Since their creation in 1947, India and Pakistan have waged four major wars and countless minor ones. Ken Shulman charts the highs and lows of the India-Pakistan story through their one shared passion: cricket.

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March 8, 2014

International Women's Day Celebration at the Nichols House Museum

Time: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

International Women's Day is dedicated to acknowledging the social, political, and economic achievements of women across the globe. Join us for a special exhibit and tour of the Beacon Hill home where Rose, Marian, and Margaret Nichols grew up, and learn about what they accomplished throughout their extraordinary lives and careers.

Tours on the half hour from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tours are limited to the first ten visitors. Free admission for all women.