` Programs and Events - The Nichols House Museum

Program Highlights Fall 2014 - Spring 2015

September 27

Smithsonian Museum Day

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 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 29

Karen Cord Taylor - Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill

Time: 5:30 p.m.– reception
6:00 p.m. – lecture
Location: American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston

In her illustrated talk, Karen will describe the fun and frustrations of compiling "Legendary Locals of Beacon Hill," which celebrates the people who have had a memorable impact on this neighborhood throughout its 200-plus year history. Featured in this book of images and stories are such patriots as John Hancock and his Loyalist neighbor, the painter John Singleton Copley, the writers Julia Ward Howe and Louisa May Alcott, abolitionists Lewis Hayden and Sen. Charles Sumner, church founder and author Richard Henry Dana Jr., inventor George Grant, medical doctor and phrase-maker Oliver Wendell Holmes, 20th century leaders such as the Nichols sisters, and today’s writers, philanthropists, families, civic leaders, and shopkeepers. She will show some of the photos that appear in the book, and also some that were not included.

Karen Cord Taylor was the founder and long-time editor and publisher of the "Beacon Hill Times," the "Back Bay Sun" and the "Charlestown Bridge," now the "Patriot-Bridge." She as authored two books: “Blue Laws, Brahmins and Breakdown Lanes: An Alphabetic Guide to Boston and Bostonians,” published by the Globe Pequot Press, and, with Doris Cole, “The Lady Architects,” published by Midmarch Arts Press, as well as hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles on topics as varied as banking, travel, real estate and investment. Her book, "Getting to Grand Prairie: 100 Londoners and their Quest for Land in Frontier Illinois" will appear this fall. She has lived on Beacon Hill with her family for more than 40 years.

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October 3

Symposium: In the House and On the Web: 21st-century Strategies for Interpreting Historic Interiors

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Boston Athenæum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston

On Friday, October 3, five speakers from Europe and the United States will come together to share experiences from their museums and heritage sites which have successfully integrated technology into interpretations of their historic interiors and landscapes. From mobile applications to virtual recreations, learn from these 21st-century innovators and come away with cutting-edge ideas from museum professionals around the world. Please join us for this full-day event.

For more information, please visit: http://www.nicholshousemuseum.org/symposium_2014.php

 

October 18

Tour: Servant Life at the Nichols House Museum

Time: Special tours offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Location: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

See the Nichols House from a whole new perspective! Take this unique tour to learn about servant responsibilities, social conditions, and lifestyle during the early twentieth century on historic Beacon Hill. Regular admission rates apply. Tours limited to the first ten visitors- reservations suggested. Please call 617-227-6993 or info@nicholshousemuseum.org.

 

October 20

Maureen Bovet - New York City Garden Spaces: The Green Side of the Big Apple

Time: 5:30 p.m.– reception
6:00 p.m. – lecture
Location: American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston

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October 21-November 22

Exhibition: Rare Books from the Collection of Rose Standish Nichols

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

Exhibit, included with admission.

October 28

Margaret Dimock, Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Intern - Life at Mastlands: Rose Nichols and the Cornish Art Colony

Time: 6:00 p.m. Reception to follow.
Location: Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

Join us for a free lecture about the influence of the Cornish Art Colony of Cornish, New Hampshire on Rose Nichols' career development as one of America's first female "garden architects." Presented by Margaret Dimock, inaugural Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Intern.

October 31

Halloween at the Nichols House Museum

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

While trick or treating on historic Beacon Hill, stop by the museum for vintage candy and pictures at our decorated front step!

November 8

Tour: Everyday Life at the Nichols House: A Tour for Families

Special tours offered at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Location: Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

This special tour of a typical day at the Nichols House was created especially for families with children ages 5-10. Learn how the Nichols family with three young daughters spent a day in the late nineteenth century on Beacon Hill. You will learn what they ate, how they dressed, where they went to school, and how every member of the family spent their time. The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes. Admission: $5 for adults. Children free. Tours limited to the first eight visitors- reservations suggested. Please call 617-227-6993 or info@nicholshousemuseum.org.

December 4-30

Nichols House Museum Decorated for the Holidays

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

The museum will be resplendent in holiday decorations! Please call for museum hours and admission.

December 9

Traditional Beacon Hill Eggnog Party

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 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.

December 12, 19

Holiday Open House

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

Free admission to the Nichols House Museum decorated for the holidays.

December 14

Holiday House Tour

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

TICKETS: $100 per person, including a reception at the American Meteorological Society. For more information, please contact the museum at 617-227-6993.

January 8-February 14, 2015

Print Conservation Exhibit

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

Learn about the process of paper conservation and see before-and-after images of prints in the museum collection conserved by the Northeast Document Conservation Center, a project funded by an IMLS Museums for America Grant. Included with admission.

February 23

David Heilbroner- Lecture title TBA

Time: 5:30 p.m.– reception
6:00 p.m. – lecture
Location: American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston

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March 7

International Women's Day Celebration

Time: 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Location: Nichols House Museum, 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. Each tour is limited to the first ten visitors. Free admission for all women.

April 13

Chip Piatti - Asher Benjamin A (New) England Journey

Time: 5:30 p.m. - reception
6:00 p.m. - lecture
Location: American Meteorological Society, 45 Beacon Street, Boston

This lecture will trace the builder Asher Benjamin's (1773-1845) progress from his apprenticeship in Connecticut to his mature work as an influential author and architect in Boston and beyond.

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May 12

Annual Meeting

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

 

June 4

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.