March 7

After Hours Special Tour

A Quiet Revolt: The Nichols Women, Power, Autonomy, & Politics in the Hub

Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Nichols House Museum: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Before the women of the progressive era could champion their causes for equality, they were, first, daughters of Victorian women who were themselves grappling with their own ideas on the constraints of womanhood. It is through this lens that the more celebrated New Woman of the progressive era is exposed as the progeny of a movement that rose quietly from the confines of Victorian womanhood. In a special, after-hours tour at the Nichols House Museum, celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about the history of the Nichols women, their activities in the progressive era social reform movements, and the New Women of Boston around the turn of the 20th century!

Presented in Partnership with the Old North Church & Historic Site, tours will be led by Nichols family researchers, followed by an open discussion with the Nichols House Museum.

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March 11

Celebration of International Women’s Day

Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Nichols House Museum: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), all female visitors receive complimentary admission to the museum. Learn about the lives of the fascinating Nichols women, and their social, professional and personal accomplishments.

Please note that tours start on the hour every hour from 11 am to 4 pm. Max capacity for tours is 14 people.

March 16

Old North Foundation Speaker Series

Roaring through the Ages: The Emancipation of Women in the Law, 1976-2016

Speaker: Carol Ball

Time: 6pm
Location: Old North Church and Historic Site: 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

Tickets: “pay what you will” donation

Educated during the flowering of the women’s liberation movement, Carol Ball entered law school at a time when only 20% of law school enrollees were women. By the time she graduated, Carol’s career exploded by riding the wave of the nation’s growing interest in promoting women in the field. Despite her fair share of gender discrimination stories, Carol became a trailblazer prosecuting murder cases as an assistant district attorney, forging networks with other lawyers and politicians, embarking in private practice for over a decade, and then serving as a Superior Court judge for twenty years, during which time she presided over every type of case: medical malpractice, employment discrimination, products liability, rape, armed robbery, murder. Upon her appointment in 1996, only 19 of the 80 judges in the Superior Court were women; at her retirement, still only 26 of the 80 were women. Hear the vivacious Carol Ball as she reflects on her storied career and the changing nature of women in the field of law. Deeply connected to Old North Church as a parishioner of over 25 years, Carol is well-loved by her community in addition to being well-respected in her field.

After the lecture, please join us for a reception and community conversation with Carol and Victoria McKay, Executive Director of the Nichols House Museum, as the two women lead a discussion on the similarity of issues and concepts of the two major women’s rights movements of the 20th century. Only 50 years separated the Nichols women and Carol Ball’s generation. Weigh in on the state of women’s rights today and contemplate the paths of our Boston predecessors.

Presented in Partnership with the Old North Church & Historic Site.

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March 24

Wild Women of Boston Chocolate & Wine Pairing!

Mettle & Moxie with Dina Vargo

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Old North Church and Historic Site: 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

Tickets: $42.00

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the female staff of Old North Historic Site and the Nichols House Museum at a unique workshop that offers four chocolate and wine pairings, featuring Old North's very own colonial chocolate products from Captain Jackson's Historic Chocolate Shop! While you dazzle your palette, learn more about some of the wild women political reformers of Boston with author and tour guide Dina Vargo. She will share the remarkable stories of the fabulous Nichols women and two other women from her book! Walk away with a goodie bag of recipes and chocolate sticks as well as a greater knowledge of wine and chocolate pairings. Don’t forget to purchase Dina’s book Wild Women of Boston on your way out, along with some delectable chocolate goodies from Captain Jackson's.

Presented in Partnership with the Old North Church & Historic Site.

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April 1

Specialty Tour

Business as Usual: Families and Work at Boston's Historic Houses

Presented in partnership with the Boston Downtown House Museum Alliance

Time: 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Location: the Nichols House Museum, the Otis House Museum, the Gibson House, the Prescott House and the Paul Revere House

Tickets: $7; advance registration is not available; tickets are on a first-come first-serve basis.

The turn of the 20th century was a dynamic time for the development of new professions, as well as opportunities for the “New Woman” to enter the workforce. This special tour allows visitors to take a deeper dive into the professional and vocational lives of the Nichols family. Learn about Arthur’s medical practice, Rose’s landscape architecture, and Margaret’s carpentry business, just to name a few. This special focus tour will also be available at four other Historic House Museums, all within a 15 minute walk from the Nichols House Museum.

Max capacity for tours is 14.

April 13

NHM Lecture Series Presents

Karen Corsano and Daniel Williman, "John Singer Sargent in Boston"

Light Refreshments will be served.
Book sale and signing to follow lecture.

Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: New England Historic Genealogical Society: 99-101 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Tickets: $10 members, $15 nonmembers

John Singer Sargent was a contemporary of the Nichols family, who were aware of his work throughout the city of Boston and beyond. Rose Standish Nichols has in her postcard collection an image of his painting “In the Generalife”. Boston was a true home town to John Singer Sargent, from his very first solo exhibition in 1889 to the last installation of his murals in 1925. That was because Boston wanted to welcome and honor him, to give him a circle of friends and a succession of portrait subjects to match his professional and social successes in London. Sargent returned the compliment by painting monumental murals – which he considered the highest form of his art – here and nowhere else. The authors have lively stories to tell, in words and pictures, of Sargent’s life and work in Boston.

Until her recent retirement, Karen Corsano was the senior programmer of the Nurses' Health Study and other epidemiological studies at the Channing Laboratory, Boston. Daniel Williman retired in 2007 as professor of Latin and History at Binghamton University in New York State. Since 1991, they have collaborated on studies of Medieval Latin archives and libraries. By 2003, when they married, they were using their archival skills differently, collecting material for their history of John Singer Sargent and Rose-Marie André-Michel.

Following the lecure, Corsano and Williman will be selling and signing copies of their book, John Singer Sargent and His Muse: Painting Love and Loss, a sensitive and compelling biography shedding light on John Singer Sargent’s art through an intimate history of his family. The book features a special focus on his niece and muse, Rose-Marie Ormond, telling her story for the first time.

Copies of the new paperback edition of the book will be available for sale for $24 via cash or check only.


April 18

Opening Reception for the 2017 Exhibition
“Makers Marks: Art, Craft and the Fiber of Change”

Light Refreshments will be served.

Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Nichols House Museum: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Free and open to the public, but advanced registration is REQUIRED.

The Nichols sisters came of age during the Arts and Crafts movement (1880 - 1910), which called for a return to handcrafts for the sake of beauty, quality and social progress. These values impacted the educations, careers and politics of the Nichols sisters. Letters, memoirs and objects in the museum’s collection tell the story of their work with sewing, pottery and woodworking. Beyond being object makers, the Nichols sisters utilized their skills to educate and advocate for people from diverse backgrounds. The museum showcases the Nichols sisters’ accomplishments and tells the story of craft from the Progressive Era to today by presenting works by contemporary craft artists interspersed throughout its historic rooms. By harnessing today’s spirit of making, activism and community engagement, the museum expands its interpretation of the Nichols family’s history and the role of craft as a platform for activism in contemporary society.

To register for this event, please email or call 617-227-6993.


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