Tuesday, August 1st
Secure in Spirit: Victorian Spirit and Post Mortem Photography

Speaker: Bethany Groff Dorau

EARLY PHOTOGRAPY has a magical quality, even for those who understand the science behind it. For many in the nineteenth century, the relationship between science and the supernatural was unclear. Sympathetic photographers and charlatans set up a brisk business "securing the shadow," memorializing deceased loved ones or producing images purported to be from beyond the grave. Join Regional Site Manager Bethany Groff Dorau for an illustrated exploration of Victorian photography from the moment of death and beyond.

Tuesday, August 8th
The Eustis Estate: The Making of a Museum

Presented by Historic New England

BUILT IN 1878 for newlyweds William Ellery Channing Eustis and Edith Hemenway Eustis, the Eustis Estate is an 18,600-square-foot mansion designed by architect William Ralph Emerson. It is located in Milton, Massachusetts, just south of Boston at the foot of the Blue Hills. The mansion's interiors are notable for their extraordinarily intricate woodwork and other stylistic touches characteristic of the Aesthetic Movement. Learn about the history of this incredible eighty-acre estate and how Historic New England transformed it into a museum (the only Emerson House open to the public).

Tuesday, August 15th
From Lockup to Luxury Hotel: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Charles Street Jail

Speaker: Joe McMaster

Take a trip through the history of one of Boston's most colorful and infamous institutions, the Charles Street Jail, with award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Joe McMaster. Using historic images gathered for his recent book, Charles Street Jail, McMaster tells the story of this Boston landmark from its idealistic, forward-thinking design in the middle of the nineteenth century to its disgraceful court-ordered closure in the late twentieth century, to its stunning twenty-first century renovation and transformation into a luxury hotel.

Along the way, meet some of the many surprising, historically significant, and sometimes unsavory inmates who called the Charles Street Jail home during its nearly 150 years of continuous use. You won't be able to look at this stunning building the same way again.

The Harrison Gray Otis House, Headquarters of Historic New England, Inc., 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA.
Tel. (617) 227-3956 www.historicnewengland.org

DIRECTIONS: Take the MBTA Blue Line train to Bowdoin station and walk west on Cambridge Street. The Harrison Gray Otis House is on the right. Kindly enter through the side gate. Parking is available in Center Plaza Garage, off Cambridge Street.

Admission: PLEASE NOTE Registration is a must for all. $10.00 Members of Historic New England and the VSA/NE; $12.00 Nonmembers. Call to register: (617) 994-5920

For further information, contact Ed Gordon at (617) 872-9001 or at edwardwgordon@aol.com.

Tuesday Evenings, August 1st, 8th, and 15th, 2017 


5:30 P.M. Reception
6:00 P.M. Lecture

At the Harrison Gray Otis House, Historic New England, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston.


















































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