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Historic N E W E NG L A N D

Winter 2016 Vol. 16, No. 3

One Hundred and Growing

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Lyman Estate Greenhouses Staff Q&A Modern Traditions

Surviving 2015’s Historic Snowfall

Design on the Rise

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Twentieth-century New England—The Story Continues Discoveries at the Eutis Estate

Local History—With a Bang!

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Together Amazing Things Happen “A White Man’s Job”

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Salem’s Cultural Community Springs to Action

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Ladies First

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Victorian Connecticut in Living Color

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FROM THE PRESIDENT

Historic New England begins its 107th year in 2016, a year that also marks the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. Our organization spans the history of historic preservation, and the articles in this issue illustrate both traditional preservation methods and the evolving face of preservation today. Once focused entirely on architecture and the need to preserve single buildings or individual landscapes as accurately as possible, preservation organizations today focus on communities, context, stories, and values. In this issue we look at the evolution of staircase design and report on discoveries at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts, to understand how architecture and design reflect the aspirations of an era. The milestone of securing our one hundredth preservation easement, many of which protect privately owned properties, demonstrates our focus

on providing models of preservation in communities, helping owners preserve historic homes for continued use. Museum collecting and preservation don’t end with any defined date. The twentieth century is now firmly “history.” Places and objects that are familiar to us are now historical items worthy of preservation, and Senior Curator of Library and Archives Lorna Condon highlights some recent midcentury acquisitions.

—Carl R. Nold, President and CEO

HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND magazine is a benefit of membership. To become a member, visit HistoricNewEngland.org or call 617-994-5910. Comments? Email Kris Bierfelt, editor, at kbierfelt@HistoricNewEngland.org. ­­­Historic New England is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Executive Editor: Diane Viera Editor: Kris Bierfelt Editorial Review Team: Nancy Carlisle, Senior Curator of Collections; Lorna Condon, Senior Curator of Library and Archives; Jennifer Pustz, Museum Historian; Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager Design: DeFrancis Carbone

Carved woodwork surrounds a fireplace at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts. ABOVE, LEFT TO A preservation easement held by Historic New England protects this house in Newton, Massachusetts. The main staircase at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts. Icicles at Browne House in Watertown, Massachusetts. COVER RIGHT

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Historic New England Winter 2016  

Our one hundredth easement property in Little Boar's Head, New Hampshire, discoveries at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Mass., a day in the li...