In 1971, the Colonial Society convened its first scholarly conference on Boston Prints and Printmakers (Vol. 46). Since then, there have been over a dozen conferences on subjects as diverse as law, seafaring music, medicine, slavery, and Native Americans.

Because the Colonial Society routinely publishes the proceedings of its conferences, no paper given at a conference can have been published elsewhere, and the Society must retain the copyright to any paper it decides to publish.

The Program of Our Last Conference

The Sewell C. Biggs
Winterthur Furniture Forum
New Perspectives on Boston Furniture, 1630-1900
March 6-8, 2013


1:00–2:00 pm
Registration, Winterthur Visitor Center

2:00–2:10 pm
Welcome, Copeland Lecture Hall, Winterthur
Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts, Winterthur

2:10–2:30 pm
Forty Years of Boston Furniture Scholarship: From “Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century” to Today: A Reminiscence 
Jonathan L. Fairbanks, Director, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

2:30–3:45 pm
17th-Century Boston Furniture:  Tools and Techniques
Video-Assist Demonstration
Peter Follansbee, Joiner, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA

3:45–4:15 pm
Afternoon Break

4:15–4:45 pm
Early 18th Century Boston Case Furniture
Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts, Yale University, New Haven, CT
4:45–5:15 pm
Boston Japanning: Case Studies
Christine Thomson, Private Conservator, Salem, MA, and Tara Cederholm, Curator, Brookfield Arts Foundation, Salem, NH

5:15–5:45 pm
Mrs. Oliver’s Chair, Boston Design in 1732
Gregory Landrey, Division Director for Library, Collections Management, and Academic Programs, Winterthur

6:00–7:30 pm
Boston Furniture at Winterthur exhibition
Winterthur Galleries


8:00–8:45 am
Registration, Visitor Center

8:45–9:15 am            
Introductory Remarks, Copeland Lecture Hall, Winterthur
J. Thomas Savage, Director of Museum Affairs, Winterthur 

9:15–10:00 am          
Boston and Its Craft Community, 1630-1860
J. Ritchie Garrison, Director, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, University of Delaware
10:00–10:30 am        
‘Such Ruins Were Never Seen in America,’ The Looting of Thomas Hutchinson’s House at the Time of the Stamp Act Riots 
John Tyler, Editor of Publications, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

10:30–11:00 am
Morning Break

11:00–11:30 am        
Boston or New York?  Revisiting the Apthorp-Family and Related Sets of Queen Anne Chairs 
Philip Zimmerman, Museum Consultant and Independent Scholar, Lancaster, PA

11:30–12:15 pm        
A Scotsman, Thomas Chippendale, and the Green Dragon Tavern: Connecting the Dots
Kemble Widmer, Independent Scholar, Newburyport, MA

12:15–2:00 pm          

2:00–3:30 pm
The Turret-Top Tea Tables and Card Tables of Boston
The Robert Francis Fileti Endowed Lecture/Video-Assist Demonstration
Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts, Winterthur, and Allan Breed, Cabinet- and Chairmaker, Rollinsford, NH

3:30–4:00 pm
Afternoon Break

4:00–4:30 pm            
Pigeonholes and Patriots: Desks in Colonial Boston 
Gerald W. R. Ward, Senior Consulting Curator and the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

4:30–5:00 pm
Windsor Furniture-Making in Boston:  A Late but Innovative Center of the Craft
Nancy Goyne Evans, Independent Furniture Historian, Hockessin, DE

5:00–5:30 pm
Samuel Gragg, Chairmaker:  New Discoveries 
Michael Podmaniczky, Private Conservator, Wilmington, DE

5:30–8:00 pm
Galleries Reception Area


8:45–9:00 am
Welcome, Copeland Lecture Hall, Winterthur
Wendy A. Cooper, Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil Senior Curator of Furniture, Winterthur

9:00– 9:30 am           
The Best Workman in the Shop: Cabinetmaker William Munroe of Concord
David F. Wood, Curator, Concord Museum, Concord, MA

9:30–10:00 am          
The Sideboards of Benjamin Bass, Jr. 
Morrison Heckscher, Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of the American Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

10:00–10:30 am        
Boston Classical Furniture:  A (Nearly) Forty-Year Reflection
Page Talbott, Principal, Remer & Talbott, Bala Cynwyd, PA

10:30–11:00 am
Morning Break

11:00 am–12:00 pm  
Classical Excellence in Boston: The Work of Isaac Vose, 1815-1825
Clark Pearce, American Arts Advisor and Independent Scholar, Essex, MA, and Robert Mussey, Conservator and Independent Scholar, Milton, MA

12:00–1:30 pm

1:30–2:15 pm
Early Boston Piano-Making: The State of Scholarship 
Darcy Kuronen, Pappalardo Curator of Musical Instruments, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2:15–2:45 pm
Boston Furniture Makers and the New Social Media, 1830-1860
Kelly L’Ecuyer, Ellyn McColgan Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 

2:45–3:15 pm
Afternoon Break

3:15–3:45 pm
Furniture Industry in East Cambridge, ca. 1850-ca. 1900
Nancy Carlisle, Curator, Historic New England, Boston, MA
3:45–4:15 pm            
Boston Furniture for Public Spaces
Caryne Eskridge, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, Class of 2013

4:15–5:00 pm
Framing the Interior: The Entrepreneurial Career of John Doggett
Richard Nylander, Curator Emeritus, Historic New England, Boston, MA

5:00–5:15 pm
Concluding Remarks
Brock Jobe, Professor of American Decorative Arts, Winterthur


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