"Bostonians At Home: Five Boston Families, 1680-1960" Exhibit


Independent women, enterprising gentlemen, fine homes and rare costumes take center stage in telling the unique history of residential development and domestic life in Boston in a new exhibition opening May 1, 2002 in the Adams Gallery at Suffolk University Law School in downtown Boston.

Bostonians At Home: Five Boston Families, 1680-1960 is a new and historical exhibit exploring three centuries of American domestic life using the experiences of five "Boston Families" and the homes in which they lived, now maintained by the member organizations of the Alliance of Downtown Boston's House Museums.

Through evocative images, one-of-a-kind historical artifacts, and engaging stories, the visitor will enter the fascinating world of some of Boston's best-known and well-remembered residents. Each family (the Reveres, Otises, Prescotts, Gibsons and Nicholses) contributed to the culture of the city in unique and different ways: as patriots, mothers, craftsmen, poets, intellectuals, businessmen and more.

Bostonians At Home: Five Boston Families, 1680-1960 will be on view at the Adams Gallery, David J. Sargent Hall, Suffolk University Law School, at 120 Tremont Street, Boston. The exhibit will open Wednesday, May 1, 2002 and run through Sunday, September 29, 2002. Conveniently located one-half block from Park Street station on the MBTA Red Line, the Adams Gallery is open to the public 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Bostonians At Home: Five Boston Families, 1680-1960 was organized collaboratively by the five historic homes, which make up the Alliance with support from Suffolk University. Besides introducing present-day Bostonians to their historic neighbors, the exhibit focuses attention on these historic homes as valuable educational historical and recreational resources to be treasured and enjoyed by the community.

The historic sites featured in Bostonians At Home: Five Boston Families, 1680-1960 are: the Paul Revere House (operated by the Paul Revere Memorial Association); the Harrison Gray Otis House (operated by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities); the Prescott House (operated by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts); the Gibson House (operated by The Gibson Society, Inc.); and the Nichols House (operated by the Board of Governors, Nichols House Museum). All of the house museums are historical sites and open to the public. Days and hours of operation vary.

Suffolk University Law School was founded in 1906 and has grown to be one of the largest law schools in the country. The Law School is located in the legal and business center of Boston, Massachusetts. In 1999, the newly built Sargent Hall was dedicated and is the most technologically-advanced law school of its kind, exemplified by the Internet access at every seat in the classrooms, library, dining room and common areas. The core curriculum provides a strong legal foundation for more than 200 upper-level elective courses, as well as four specialty concentrations in the JD program and five joint-degree programs that combine law with business, public administration, international economics, finance, and criminal justice.

For more information, please contact: Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450, Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448 or David Hessney at 617-566-5957.

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