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Participating Institutions

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture – a consortium of eleven cultural institutions.


Colonial Society of Massachusetts

Founded in 1892, the Colonial Society of Massachusetts is a non-profit educational foundation designed to promote the study of Massachusetts history from earliest settlement through the first decades of the nineteenth century. The chief business of the Colonial Society is to publish documents related to the early history of Massachusetts. From time to time, the Colonial Society convenes scholarly conferences to encourage research on subjects of special interest.

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Concord Museum

The Concord Museum collection, formed in part in the 1850s, is one of the oldest and best documented collections in the country and now numbers more than 35,000 objects. Long-renowned for its iconic treasures like the lantern hung in the North Church by orders of Paul Revere on April 18, 1775 and the world’s largest collection of objects related to Henry D. Thoreau, Concord’s influential writer and naturalist, the Concord Museum also is home to a nationally significant collection of American decorative arts, including clocks, furniture, needlework, and silver.

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Fuller Craft Museum

Fuller Craft Museum is New England’s home for contemporary craft, one of eight museums in the US devoted to exhibiting artwork from the leading craftspeople in the country. Surrounded by 700 acres of scenic woodland and the brilliant architectural landscape of Frederick Law Olmsted, our serene 22-acre campus provides a rare combination of art, culture, and the natural environment all in one idyllic setting. Our galleries, courtyards, and outdoor sculpture garden provide a serene destination.

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Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield draws visitors from across the country to the town’s original mile-long street to explore the history, culture and material world of the Valley’s diverse people. The museum interprets the lifestyles of the quintessential rural New England village through time and continues the preservation of the antique buildings and collections of regional furniture, silver, textiles, and other decorative arts entrusted to our care in the best documented small town in America.

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Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. It was founded in 1910 to preserve and present the cultural and architectural heritage of New England, from historic properties to humble necessities, from art and artifacts to gardens and furniture.

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Massachusetts Historical Society

Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society, an independent research library, is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

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North Bennet Street School

North Bennet Street School offers intensive, hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, helping students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. For more than a century, the exceptional programs, master faculty and inspiring community have encouraged individual growth, curiosity, technical mastery and commitment to excellence. The school’s reputation for excellence and value attracts students from around the world.

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Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village is one of the oldest and largest living history museums in the country, portraying life in a rural New England town of the 1830s. The Village has 60 original buildings set on 200 acres; each carefully researched, restored, and brought to the museum site from towns throughout New England. Many of our 50,000 collection objects are on display in the Village, providing a unique view of how items were used and placed in the home and public spaces.

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Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people’s lives. The museum’s collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture as well as outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections.

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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries. Winterthur is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands.

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