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Nichols House Museum

55 Mount Vernon Street

Boston, MA 02108

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Join Laura Cunningham, Nichols House Museum Program & Collections Coordinator and curator of "Craftswomen," as she leads an in-depth gallery talk on this exhibition.

In 1889, around the time when Rose and Margaret Nichols first picked up their chisels, a Boston columnist for The Art Amateur wrote: “There is nothing that men do that is not done by women now in Boston.” No better example of the intrepid character of Boston women can be found than in Rose Standish Nichols (1872-1960) and her younger sister Margaret Homer Nichols Shurcliff (1879-1959) who, in addition to being social activists, challenged turn-of-the-century gender norms by practicing woodcarving and carpentry, respectively. Even under the umbrella of the inclusive Arts & Crafts movement, woodworking was often seen as being outside the purview of women practitioners due to its physically strenuous nature.

New England's regionally specific Colonial Revival is also represented by the sisters’ woodworking. In this half-hour talk, Cunningham will bridge the gap between the seventeenth-century craftsmanship that inspired the Nichols sisters, twentieth-century craftswomen, and makers today. Q&A session to follow.

This is a unique opportunity to explore this small, pop-up exhibition in greater depth. Regular admission rates apply for attendees wishing to tour the museum before or after the talk.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and advanced registration is required.

"Craftswomen: The Woodworkings of Rose and Margaret Nichols in Arts & Crafts New England" is on view at the Nichols House Museum through March 2019.

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