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New Thoughts on Old Things: Four Centuries of Furnishing the Northeast

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and Massachusetts Historical Society will co-sponsor a symposium devoted to new scholarly research on the design, production, and circulation of furnishings in New England.

Keynote Speaker

  • Ethan Lasser, Tales from the Object Lab: Narratives for the 21st Century Museum


  • Tania Batley, E. W. Vaill Patent Chair Manufacturer (Worcester, MA)
  • Nicole Belolan, Aunt Patty's Furniture: Adult Cradles and the History of Physical Mobility Impairment in Early America
  • Louisa Brouwer, “Vanishable Antiques”: The Story of Israel Sack, Inc., and the Building of an American Industry
  • Ben Colman, Between Memory and Antiquity:The Circulation of Seventeenth-Century Furniture in 18th-Century Plymouth
  • Philippe Halbert, Convenance and Commodité: Furnishing the Château Saint-Louis and the Intendant's Palace of Québec
  • Marissa S. Hershon, The Egyptian Revival in the 1870's: The Reception Room at Cedar Hill (Warwick, RI)
  • Jennifer N. Johnson, Patterns of Gentility: Pictorial Needlework Upholstery of Eighteenth-Century Newport

Registration begins at 10:00AM. Program starts at 10:30AM.

October 4, 2013
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Alfond Auditorium
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Free with museum admission; ticket required
To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.