https://www.eventbrite.com/e/miss-jewett-and-mrs-fields-a-boston-marriage-tickets-266501512197 Online event
55 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Art, History, LGBT, Lectures & Conferences, Social Good, Virtual & Streaming
The self-described "last wild thing that is left in the fields" Maine author and Boston’s flower of society might have seemed an unlikely couple to start, but Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields shared a decades-long, mutually nurturing, and loving relationship.
Including their own words, from letters and diary entries, learn about Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields, their life together, and the inner circle of New England artists they received “at home” in Beacon Hill, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and South Berwick, Maine.
Presenter: South Berwick Site Manager Marilyn Keith Daly conceived, researched, wrote, and collaborated with organizational staff to create the reinterpretation of Historic New England’s Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum, launched in 2018. With a background in professional theatre, Marilyn Keith Daly was formerly Education Manager at Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a Master’s Degree from Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University.
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General: $15, Member: $10, Discounted: $6
What is a Boston Marriage?
"Boston Marriage" is a 19th century term defining two women living together independently of men. Some were friends, some were in romantic and/or sexual relationships, and most were independently wealthy. Bostonians, Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields are one of the most famous examples, and they possibly inspired the term.
Image: Sarah Orne Jewett (left) and Annie Fields (right). Courtesy of Historic New England.
About the museum:
Peek into life on historic Beacon Hill from the mid-19th to mid-20th century. The Nichols House Museum was home to landscape gardener, suffragist, and pacifist Rose Standish Nichols and her family. The museum occupies an 1804 Bulfinch townhouse, among the earliest of its kind on Beacon Hill. Furnished with an original collection, the interiors reflect the cultural values and changing tastes across two generations of Nichols ownership. Highlights include sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, European paintings, Japanese woodblock prints, and American furniture. Visitors also encounter stories of family, staff, and Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood.
Tours resume March 12th! Click "Book" on our Visit page for tour availability and to purchase tickets. Masks are required to tour the Nichols House Museum. www.nicholshousemuseum.org/visit