Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Professional Development Opportunity and Diversity Scholarship: Program in New England Studies



Historic New England presents the
Program in New England Studies

Boston – January 2014 – Historic New England presents the Program in New England Studies, an intensive week-long exploration of New England from Monday, June 16 to Saturday, June 21, 2014.

The Program in New England Studies includes lectures by noted curators and architectural historians, workshops, behind-the-scenes tours, and special access to historic house museums and collections.

Examine New England history and material culture from the seventeenth century through the Colonial Revival with some of the country’s leading experts in regional architecture and decorative arts. Curators lecture on furniture, textiles, ceramics, art, and wallpaper, including history, craftsmanship, and changing methods of production. Architectural historians explore architecture starting with the Massachusetts Bay style of the seventeenth century through the Federal and Georgian eras, to Gothic Revival and the Colonial Revival.

Expert lecturers include:
        Sarah Butler, professor of art and architectural history, Roger William University
        Nancy Carlisle, senior curator of collections, Historic New England
        Cary Carson, retired vice president of the research division at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
        Lorna Condon, senior curator of library and archives, Historic New England
        Joseph Cornish, supervising preservation services manager, Historic New England
        Peter Follansbee, joiner, Plimoth Plantation
        J. Ritchie Garrison, director, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
        James L. Garvin, retired state architectural historian, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources
        Ben Haavik, team leader for property care, Historic New England
        Brock Jobe, professor of American decorative arts, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture
        Laura Johnson, associate curator, Historic New England
        Dean Lahikainen, Carolyn and Peter Lynch curator of American decorative art, Peabody Essex Museum
        Robert Mussey, independent conservator
        Jane C. Nylander, president emerita, Historic New England
        Richard C. Nylander, curator emeritus, Historic New England
        Ken Turino, manager of community engagement and exhibitions, Historic New England
        Gerald W. R. Ward, senior consulting curator and Katharine Lane Weems senior curator emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
        Richard Guy Wilson, chair, Department of Architectural History, University of Virginia

            Travel throughout New England for tours and receptions at historic properties in Greater Boston; Essex County, Massachusetts; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; South Berwick, Maine; and Woodstock, Connecticut. There are workshops where participants spend time with curators examining items from Historic New England's extensive collection; special visits to private homes and collections; in-depth tours with Cary Carson at two Historic New England seventeenth-century properties; a demonstration of seventeenth-century furniture making techniques; and a champagne reception on the terrace of the Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House on Gloucester Harbor. The program is a chance to meet people from all over the country who want to learn more about New England and to hear from the connoisseurs who want to share information about their area of expertise.

Fees and Registration
The $1,550 fee includes all lectures, admissions, guided tours, transportation to and from special visits and excursions, daily breakfast and lunch, scheduled evening receptions, and various service charges.

Three scholarships are available to mid-career museum professionals and graduate students in the fields of architecture, decorative arts, material culture, or public history. Candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Program in New England Studies is designed to appeal to owners of historic houses, private collectors, museum professionals, graduate students, and those who enjoy New England history. Enrollment is limited to twenty-five participants. For a complete itinerary and registration information visit our website or call 617-994-6629.

About Historic New England
Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. We share the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. Visit HistoricNewEngland.org.

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Diversity scholarship available for the Program in New England Studies
BOSTON – March 2014 – This year, Historic New England launches a diversity scholarship to support a mid-career museum professional or graduate student from a diverse background who would like to attend the Program in New England Studies.

Program in New England Studies, an intensive learning experience with lectures by specialists, workshops, and behind-the-scenes tours, runs from June 16 to 21, 2014. Participants study the buildings and collections of Historic New England and other museums and private houses in the region. The diversity scholarship will be awarded to a museum or historic preservation professional or a graduate student in the fields of architecture, decorative arts, history, material culture, preservation, or museum studies.

Historic New England encourages the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds and promotes the organization’s goal to assist in the diversification of professionals in the field. Applicants must represent a racial or ethnic minority group in the U.S. The scholarship covers the full registration fee of $1,550, housing at a local university, and a travel stipend of $200. Interest in the diversity scholarship should be noted in the required essay. The scholarship application should include: a statement (limit two pages) explaining why you’d like to attend the Program in New England Studies, how you expect the program to benefit you and your career, and the impact that your presence might have upon other participants. Learn more about the Program in New England Studies.

Interested candidates should send application and resume by April 30, 2014, to Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions Ken Turino, 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts, 01830, or KTurino@HistoricNewEngland.org. Successful applicants will be contacted by May 15, 2014.

Media Contact: Susanna Crampton, News@HistoricNewEngland.org


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