Program Highlights Fall 2015

October 19

The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War

By: Stephen Puleo

5:30pm - Reception and Book Signing. Copies will be available for sale, via cash or check only.
6:00pm - Lecture
New Venue: Moseley Hall at the Church of the Advent: 30 Brimmer Street, Boston, MA

Stephen Puleo will talk about his most recently published book, The Caning: The Assault That Drove America to Civil War. In his presentation, he will explore the challenges of writing the story of this transformative event. Early in the afternoon of May 22, 1856, ardent pro-slavery Congressman Preston S. Brooks of South Carolina strode into the United States Senate Chamber in Washington, D.C., and began beating renowned anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner with a gold-topped walking cane. While Charles Sumner eventually recovered after a lengthy convalescence, Congressional compromise had suffered a mortal blow. Moderate voices were drowned out completely; extremist views accelerated, became intractable, and locked both sides on a tragic collision course to the Civil War.

About Steve: In addition to his strong journalism and historical writing background, Steve has 30 years of experience in public relations, corporate communications, speechwriting, speech coaching, and marketing. He has won numerous corporate communications awards and has been both a keynote speaker and served on communications panels at industry conferences. He teaches at Suffolk University in Boston.

Steve and his wife, Kate, who live south of Boston, donate a portion of his book proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).


Discounted parking for $9.00 at the Boston Common Garage is available for this event.

October 29

SOLD OUT Book Club Meeting

Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

This event has sold out. The next meeting will be in January- stay tuned for details!

Join us for the Nichols House Museum Book Club's inaugural meeting! Our first selection is Herland (1915) by noted feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman, with discussion led by Professor Virginia Drachman. Please read the novel before the meeting. Registration is required.


November 9

Viewing 18th-century Venice with Canaletto and Casanova

By: Frederick Ilchman

5:30pm - Reception
6:00pm - Lecture
New Venue: New England Historic Genealogical Society: 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

Although well past its peak militarily and economically, Venice in the 18th century remained Europe’s splendid playground. Accounts of foreign travelers, particularly northern Europeans on the Grand Tour, describe operas, gambling, and courtesans in the spectacular setting of the lagoon city. Native sons of Venice, however, namely the painter Canaletto and the bon vivant Casanova, offer something even better: an insider’s view of this special city.

Biography: Frederick Ilchman is Chair, Art of Europe and Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). Ilchman joined the MFA in 2001 as Assistant Curator of Paintings. A specialist in the art of the Italian Renaissance, he has curated numerous exhibitions, organized international conferences, contributed to scholarly publications and lectured and taught in the United States and abroad.


Discounted parking for $9.00 at the Boston Common Garage is available for this event.

November 12

With Bells on His Toes:
Dr. Arthur Nichols, physician and expert change-ringer (1840-1923)

By: Danielle Galler Rabinowitz, Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Intern

6:00 pm - Lecture
New Venue: MGH Russell Museum, 2 North Grove Street, Boston

This is a special lecture on Dr. Arthur Nichols' musical accomplishments by our 2015 Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Intern, Danielle Rabinowitz. Her talk will focus on Arthur's love of church bells and handbells. Admission is free, but please contact the museum to reserve a seat!

December 1

Traditional Beacon Hill Eggnog Party

6:00 - 8:00pm
Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

Enjoy a festive start to the holiday season with a cup of eggnog with neighbors and friends of the museum. This year will also feature a handbell performance by The Back Bay Ringers. Please reserve your tickets by November 27 for this fun annual event!


December 13

Holiday House Tour

Join us for this annual Beacon Hill tradition! Visit rarely viewed Beacon Hill homes festively decorated for the season. Please contact the museum for details at 617-227-6993.

All tickets purchased after November 26 must be picked up the day of the House Tour at the Nichols House Museum, beginning at 11:30 am.


For those who cannot attend but would like to give a donation.

December 18

Open House

11:00am - 4:00pm
Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

Visit the museum and see the rooms decorated for the season! Free admission all day, tours on the half hour beginning at 11:00 am, last tour at 4:00 pm.