This summer, we are thrilled to be running a brand new series that highlights some local Boston treasures. But we're not just visiting these spots, we're giving students a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at each to see what typical visitors never do. For history buffs and curious Bostonians alike, the "Rarely Seen" classes are can't-miss activites for summer. The series includes three single-session classes, each a visit to a different location. Registration for each is separate.
Rarely Seen at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center - Thursday, July 24th
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library houses a collection of over 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases dating from the 15th century to the present. Led by Map Center experts, this up-close look at the collection will feature treasures not currently on display -- including richly colored Dutch atlases from the age of exploration and other unusual items such as a Revolutionary era powder horn carved with a map of Bunker Hill. A treat for map enthusiasts and historians alike, this program also includes a tour of the current Map Center exhibition, City of Neighborhoods.
Rarely Seen at the Otis House - Thursday, August 14th
Join Historic New England staff for a visit to the 1796 Otis House Museum followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library and Archives. Museum Operations Manager Melinda Huff will lead a tour of the elegantly furnished Beacon Hill residence of Harrison Gray Otis and his wife, Sally. Otis was a congressman and real estate entrepreneur who lived and entertained lavishly in this home designed by their friend, Charles Bulfinch. The tour will visit the third floor of the house, a space not on view to the public. Following the house tour, Senior Curator Lorna Condon will highlight some of her favorite photographs, prints, architectural drawings, and ephemera in Historic New England’s vast Library and Archives. Explore the history of the collection and current collecting areas. Historic New England has more than one million archival items that document New England's social, architectural, and cultural history.
Rarely Seen at the Massachusetts Historical Society - Tuesday, August 19th
Discover the hidden treasures of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the oldest institution of its kind in the United States. You’ll view noteworthy manuscripts, such as letters exchanged by John and Abigail Adams, and whimsical artifacts, including a 1912 Red Sox World Series medal. This behind-the-scenes event will also introduce you to some of the Society’s rarely seen gems, including Thomas Jefferson’s architectural drawings and epaulettes worn by George Washington. You will also learn more about how we conserve and care for our treasures as you tour the conservation lab and our collection storage area.
Each of these classes will allow you to discover a wealth of Boston treasures AND they are each only $25! They are filling quickly, so register today.