Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy

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Nancy Carlisle, Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities
Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, 2003 - Antiques & Collectibles - 448 pages

Cherished Possessions is organized around thematic sections including religion, community, the Revolution, art and industry, New Englanders abroad, slavery and abolitionism, and modernism and antiquarianism.


SPNEA, headquartered in Boston, was founded to protect New England's cultural and architectural heritage. A leader in preservation, research and programming, SPNEA collects and preserves historic buildings, landscapes and objects. Its full collection includes more than 100,000 objects and is the largest assemblage of New England antiquities in the country. Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy is SPNEA's first major traveling exhibition.


Founded in 1959, The Colby College Museum of Art has a diverse permanent collection that includes 18th-century American portraits, 19th-century landscapes and a wide selection of 20th-century and contemporary American artwork. The museum houses the John Marin Collection, the largest holding of Marin's work in any academic museum in the country. The museum also features the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Art of Alex Katz, with 10,000 square feet of exhibition space dedicated to Katz's paintings and prints. Colby's permanent collection includes works by John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, George Inness, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Fairfield Porter, Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent, Richard Serra, Sol LeWitt and Robert Rauschenberg.


  •  For more information on Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy visit the exhibit's Web site at


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Nancy Carlisle worked as curator of prints and photographs at the Atwater Kent Museum, the city history museum of Philadelphia.

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