March 24

Wild Women of Boston Chocolate & Wine Pairing!

Mettle & Moxie with Dina Vargo

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Old North Church and Historic Site: 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

Tickets: $42.00

Celebrate Women’s History Month with the female staff of Old North Historic Site and the Nichols House Museum at a unique workshop that offers four chocolate and wine pairings, featuring Old North's very own colonial chocolate products from Captain Jackson's Historic Chocolate Shop! While you dazzle your palette, learn more about some of the wild women political reformers of Boston with author and tour guide Dina Vargo. She will share the remarkable stories of the fabulous Nichols women and two other women from her book! Walk away with a goodie bag of recipes and chocolate sticks as well as a greater knowledge of wine and chocolate pairings. Don’t forget to purchase Dina’s book Wild Women of Boston on your way out, along with some delectable chocolate goodies from Captain Jackson's.

Presented in Partnership with the Old North Church & Historic Site.

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April 1

Specialty Tour

Business as Usual: Families and Work at Boston's Historic Houses

Presented in partnership with the Boston Downtown House Museum Alliance

Time: 1:00pm and 3:00pm
Location: the Nichols House Museum, the Otis House Museum, the Gibson House, the Prescott House and the Paul Revere House

Tickets: $7; advance registration is not available; tickets are on a first-come first-serve basis.

The turn of the 20th century was a dynamic time for the development of new professions, as well as opportunities for the “New Woman” to enter the workforce. This special tour allows visitors to take a deeper dive into the professional and vocational lives of the Nichols family. Learn about Arthur’s medical practice, Rose’s landscape architecture, and Margaret’s carpentry business, just to name a few. This special focus tour will also be available at four other Historic House Museums, all within a 15 minute walk from the Nichols House Museum.

Max capacity for tours is 14.

April 13

NHM Lecture Series Presents

Karen Corsano and Daniel Williman, "John Singer Sargent in Boston"

Light Refreshments will be served.
Book sale and signing to follow lecture.

Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: New England Historic Genealogical Society: 99-101 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Tickets: $10 members, $15 nonmembers

John Singer Sargent was a contemporary of the Nichols family, who were aware of his work throughout the city of Boston and beyond. Rose Standish Nichols has in her postcard collection an image of his painting “In the Generalife”. Boston was a true home town to John Singer Sargent, from his very first solo exhibition in 1889 to the last installation of his murals in 1925. That was because Boston wanted to welcome and honor him, to give him a circle of friends and a succession of portrait subjects to match his professional and social successes in London. Sargent returned the compliment by painting monumental murals – which he considered the highest form of his art – here and nowhere else. The authors have lively stories to tell, in words and pictures, of Sargent’s life and work in Boston.

Until her recent retirement, Karen Corsano was the senior programmer of the Nurses' Health Study and other epidemiological studies at the Channing Laboratory, Boston. Daniel Williman retired in 2007 as professor of Latin and History at Binghamton University in New York State. Since 1991, they have collaborated on studies of Medieval Latin archives and libraries. By 2003, when they married, they were using their archival skills differently, collecting material for their history of John Singer Sargent and Rose-Marie André-Michel.

Following the lecure, Corsano and Williman will be selling and signing copies of their book, John Singer Sargent and His Muse: Painting Love and Loss, a sensitive and compelling biography shedding light on John Singer Sargent’s art through an intimate history of his family. The book features a special focus on his niece and muse, Rose-Marie Ormond, telling her story for the first time.

Copies of the new paperback edition of the book will be available for sale for $24 via cash or check only.


April 18

Opening Reception for the 2017 Exhibition
“Makers Marks: Art, Craft and the Fiber of Change”

Light Refreshments will be served.

Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Nichols House Museum: 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Free and open to the public, but advanced registration is REQUIRED.

The Nichols sisters came of age during the Arts and Crafts movement (1880 - 1910), which called for a return to handcrafts for the sake of beauty, quality and social progress. These values impacted the educations, careers and politics of the Nichols sisters. Letters, memoirs and objects in the museum’s collection tell the story of their work with sewing, pottery and woodworking. Beyond being object makers, the Nichols sisters utilized their skills to educate and advocate for people from diverse backgrounds. The museum showcases the Nichols sisters’ accomplishments and tells the story of craft from the Progressive Era to today by presenting works by contemporary craft artists interspersed throughout its historic rooms. By harnessing today’s spirit of making, activism and community engagement, the museum expands its interpretation of the Nichols family’s history and the role of craft as a platform for activism in contemporary society.

To register for this event, please email or call 617-227-6993.


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