January 20

A New Leaf for the New Year: Discover the World of Teas with the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company

Time: 1:00-2:30pm and 3:00-4:30pm
Location: Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, 02108

Join us for an exclusive tea program with the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company. Led by Hartley E. Johnson, owner of the Mark T. Wendell Tea Company, our special experience at the museum will include:

  • A brief overview of the history of tea and the connection between Rose Standish Nichols and this Boston Tea Importer
  • A tasting of black, green, and oolong teas
  • A discussion around the showcased teas, from their geographical region of origin to how they are processed

Following the presentation, there will be time to explore the Nichols House Museum’s period rooms and the special exhibition, Peace and Prosperity: Rose Standish Nichols and Tea. Among her other achievements, Rose Standish Nichols was famous for hosting elaborate tea parties where she would cultivate lively conversation and promote world peace. Tea parties were a vehicle through which Rose Nichols furthered social and political agendas while also showcasing her collection of fine porcelain and silver. This exhibition highlights collection items related to tea service while examining the culture and society in which Rose Nichols entertained.

In 1904, Boston businessman Mark T. Wendell assumed ownership of his uncle’s business, a firm that imported luxury products from abroad. Mr. Wendell settled in the Beacon Hill section of Boston and set up offices on nearby State Street. For many years he imported port, sherry, snuff, olive oil, coffee and rare teas to sell to the upscale clientele of Boston (including Rose Standish Nichols), New York and Philadelphia.

Over time, Mr. Wendell began focusing solely on the import of tea into his Boston waterfront offices, and one of his most popular items was a smoky China tea called HU-KWA (who-kwaa). From an initial listing of only 5 teas, including the legendary HU-KWA, offerings have expanded to over 80 estate grown specialty teas, signature tea blends, herbal & fruit tisanes.

1:00pm Tasting Session


3:00pm Tasting Session

February 15

Nichols after Dark: Corsets and Courtships

Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, 02108

Nichols after Dark makes a rather racy return on February 15th. Join us the Thursday following Valentine’s Day for an after-hours experience that will discuss the romantic courtships between Arthur and Elizabeth Nichols as well as Margaret Nichols and Arthur Shurcliff. The National Society of Colonial Dames will generously loan historic undergarments from their costume collection that will be on view in the museum’s period bedrooms for this special evening. A unique opportunity to visit the museum at night, Nichols after Dark: Corsets and Courtships will showcase love letters and lingerie from both the Victorian and Progressive Eras.

The evening will begin at 6:00pm with wine and chocolate to follow. Ticket information forthcoming.

March 29

The Nichols House Museum Lecture Series Presents:

Brock Jobe, Chippendale: The Man and the Myth

Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, 02116

This year marks the 300th anniversary of Britain’s most celebrated furniture maker, Thomas Chippendale. His designs reached both sides of the Atlantic through a groundbreaking pattern book, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director of 1754. During his lifetime he oversaw one of the largest cabinetmaking and upholstery firms in London, and eventually his name defined an entire style of eighteenth-century furniture. Join Brock Jobe, Winterthur’s Professor Emeritus of American Decorative Arts, as he recounts the remarkable story of Chippendale’s career and takes us inside some of his greatest works. Along the way, we will confront the truth as well as the fiction associated with this fascinating character.

The lecture will begin at 6:00pm, followed by a light reception.

Please note that this lecture is limited to 75 participants. Reserve your spot now!

In 2000 Brock Jobe was appointed professor of American decorative arts in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture after a 28-year career as a museum curator and administrator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Colonial Williamsburg, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), and Winterthur. Between 2010 and 2014, Brock co-directed the collaborative project, Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, which united eleven institutions in a celebration of Bay State furniture-making. His newest publication, Crafting Excellence: The Furniture of Nathan Lumbard and His Circle, which he co-authored with Christie Jackson and Clark Pearce, appeared in January 2018. Brock is a recipient of the President’s Award from Old Sturbridge Village, the Award of Merit from the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America, and the Eric M. Wunsch Award for Excellence in the American Arts. He retired from his professorship in May 2015, but retains an office at Winterthur and continues to study, write, and lecture about American furniture.


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