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A Boston Leather Chair

25 January 2018

C. 1735 Boston Chair in Colonial Revival upholsteryIt’s 1745, you’ve had some economic success in life—comfortable, not wealthy—and you’re dressed in your...

Two Refashioned Silk Dresses

28 December 2017

Photograph by Laura Wulf @Massachusetts Historical SocietyExhibit Teaser: Two refashioned silk dresses will be featured in the forthcoming exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical...

Young Hannah Haines Diary: "I will never be vaccinated again" 1897-191

11 December 2017

Photo of the young diarist,  Hannah Wiswall Haines Webb  with her mother. Hannah was an only child, and was evidently doted on by parents and family alike.  A recent...

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Historically Minded

9 December 2017

Jeff and I gathered a short list of holiday items for the historically-minded shopper. This year, we are highlighting books by women authors and businesses owned and run by women. ...