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New England Furniture Class

Explore New England furniture at this in-depth series. Historic New
England Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle introduces
furniture made and used in New England from the seventeenth to
the mid-nineteenth century. Learn about regional variations in style,
changing shop practices, consumer patterns, craftsmanship, and
technology. Examine original pieces from Historic New England’s
extensive collection up close. The course concludes with a tour of the
furniture collection and conservation lab.

Wednesdays, 2–4 pm:
October 4: Seventeenth Century and William and Mary Style
October 11: Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles
October 18: Federal and Empire Styles
October 25: Victorian and Arts and Craft Styles
November 1: In-depth tour of furniture storage
Per class: $20, $15 Historic New England members and students
Series pricing: $75, $50 Historic New England members and students

Registration required. In order to attend the in-depth tour of furniture storage, Wednesday, November 1, you must register for the entire series. For more information and to register, call 617-994-5959 or visit

Haverhill Facility,151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts

Historic New England Field School in Preservation Practice

Historic New England is pleased to announce that its Field School in Preservation Practice will this year focus on “Using Easements to Protect Historic Property” and will take place Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 in Shirley Center and Harvard, Massachusetts.

Through lectures, case studies, and field observations at historic sites in Shirley and Harvard, advocates in historic preservation, museum, and related fields will learn from Historic New England and other experts, including noted restoration educator Robert Adam, how to manage and administer preservation easements for historic public and private property. The program will focus on all aspects of using preservation easements, from identifying character defining features, implementing preservation restriction agreements, and assessing the condition of historic fabric, to ongoing easement monitoring, identifying treatment options, and managing project approvals.

The Field School will include group exercises and will provide graduate students, preservation and museum professionals, and others responsible for historic properties and easement administration an in-depth examination of Historic New England’s long-standing preservation easement program, which protects 106 notable properties across New England.

Register online at; space is limited to 20. $200, $150 for Historic New England members, $75 for students with ID. Fee includes lunch on Saturday, snacks and beverages both Friday and Saturday; lodging and travel to practicum sites not included.

For more information, please visit or contact Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager, at 617-994-6644


Free Webinar: Getting Started with Employee Onboarding

The American Alliance of Museums and AAM’s Leadership and Management Network are presenting a webinar on Thursday, September 14th, 2017, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Getting Started with Employee Onboarding. In conjunction with this webinar, Historic Newton is hosting a free webinar “watch and talk” event at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, and we would like you to join us. This is a great opportunity to connect with and learn from local colleagues – and the webinar is only accessible at one of the watch-talk locations. There is no cost to attend our local “watch and talk” event, however advanced registration is required. Feel free to forward this to anyone else in the museum community.

Getting Started with Employee Onboarding

This webinar will benefit hiring managers and HR professionals seeking to enhance their onboarding practices. After participating in this program, participants will be able to identify the importance of onboarding in engaging every new hire from the start; learn how onboarding increases job satisfaction and performance, and decreases turnover; gain practical advice on the different stages of the onboarding process, and important things to do even before your new hire starts work; and, take away ready-to-use, scalable ideas and suggestions to create a fully-inclusive onboarding program that is custom-made for your organization.

The “watch and talk” event at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds consists of the following, but you do not have to attend the pre and post sessions if you do not wish:

  • 30 minutes of pre-webinar check-in and networking (optional)
  • 90-minute live webinar (2:00 pm to 3:30 pm)

RSVP for Historic Newton’s FREE “watch and talk” event HERE. The webinar will take place at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds at 286 Waverley Ave., Newton, MA 02458. We have a fully accessible location with parking on site for persons with mobility issues. Additional parking can be found on the street at no cost right in front of the museum. Please see the parking map with questions –

For additional program information, visit the AAM website, email Max Metz Jr. at Historic Newton at or contact Greg Stevens at AAM at

We hope you can join us!

Free Workshop at USS Constitution Museum

Join fellow museum and library professionals for an exciting day as experts from institutions around the country present their latest research on engaging families in libraries and museums. Learn how museums and libraries can work together and on their own to successfully train staff, design and facilitate intergenerational programs, and engage adults in their child’s learning and development. This day-long workshop will provide an opportunity for reflective practice, as well as introduce you to practical toolkits and resources you can begin implementing at your institution.

Fun For All Ages: Toolkits, Tactics, and Training
Friday September 22, 2017
USS Constitution Museum
Building 22
Charlestown Navy Yard
Charlestown, MA 02129

Participants will:

  • Reflect on the important role that museums and public libraries play in their communities and be inspired by colleagues around the country who serve as resources for families.
  • Hear how libraries, museums, and early childhood organizations can work hand-in-hand to support families in their communities.
  • See staff training materials in action and try out some activities for exhibit and program facilitators.
  • Check out the latest reports and websites from family learning and engagement experts.


  • Jeri Robinson, Vice President of Early Learning Initiatives, Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA
  • Sherri Killins Stewart, Director of Systems Alignment and Integration, BUILD Initiative, Hartford, CT
  • Kathleen Reif, Co-Chair, Family Engagement Task Force, Public Library Association, Baltimore, MD
  • Elizabeth Andanen, Assistant Manager, Museum Education, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR
  • Antonio Mendez, Countdown to Kindergarten Educator, Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA
  • Sarah H. Watkins, Vice President of Visitor Experience, USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA
  • Robert Kiihne, Director of Exhibits, USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA

For more information and to register for this free workshop, visit the event page:

This workshop is presented by the Engage Families Project of the USS Constitution Museum and the NEMA Children’s Museum PAG.

Call for Articles: Emerging History Professional Takeover of History News Magazine

Call for Articles: Emerging History Professional Takeover of History News Magazine

Emerging History Professionals are taking over the Winter 2018 issue of AASLH’s History News magazine! The issue will be guest co-edited by emerging history professionals Hope Shannon and Hannah Hethmon. Features and articles will all focus on Emerging History Professionals and reflect their insights and opinions about the field.

Anyone in the early stages of a public history career, broadly defined, is an Emerging History Professional. This includes graduate and undergraduate students, hobbyists, early-career professionals, and any other AASLH members who identify as belonging to this community.

History News exists to foster publication, scholarly research, and an open forum for discussion of best practices, applicable theories, and professional experiences pertinent to the field of state and local history. History News is a quarterly membership publication of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), a nonprofit educational membership organization providing leadership, service, and support for its members who preserve and interpret state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful in American society.

The editors are seeking submission of article abstracts. Proposed articles must:

  • Be relevant to the theme of Emerging History Professionals. Articles by emerging professionals will be given priority over those with more time in the field.
  • Not have previously been published elsewhere.
  • Be 2,500-3,000 words in length and properly footnoted and cited in Chicago/Turabian style.

Instructions and Deadlines:

The deadline for submitting abstracts is August 15, 2017.

Authors of accepted articles will be notified by the first week of September 2017. They will then have until November 1 to submit a final edited and reviewed version of their article. At that time, the article must be fit for print.

Along with the abstract (500 words max), submission must include:

  • A brief paragraph explaining how the article is relevant to the early history career/emerging history professional issues and AASLH’s mission (200 words max)
  • A brief biographical statement (100 words max)

Questions about topics and submission guidelines should be directed to Hope Shannon (hopejshannon@gmail.comand Hannah Hethmon (

For more information including topic suggestions, click here.

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