The Shirley–Eustis House is a National Historic Landmark
located in Boston, Massachusetts

recent news

Suzanne T. Buchanan named as new Shirley-Eustis House Association Executive Director

The Executive Committee of The Shirley-Eustis House Association’s Board of Governors recently appointed Suzanne T. Buchanan the organization’s new Executive Director. She will assume the full time position in early July.

Ms. Buchanan, who since 2017 has worked for Historic New England as a Senior Preservation Officer and a Senior Institutional Giving Officer, is a former Executive Director of the Hingham Historical Society (HHS). During her nearly decade long tenure with HHS she played a pivotal role in helping revitalize HHS through innovative programming, fundraising, and the cultivation of a dedicated volunteer and donor base. Her previous positions have included Chief Curator for the Western Reserve Historical Society History Museum and Visual Resources Curator for John Carroll University. She has also worked for the Commonwealth Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, SPNEA and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ms. Buchanan’s academic background includes a B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, a MA in Art History and American Studies from SUNY Buffalo and a Certificate in Museum Studies from the Harvard Extension School.

The Board believes that the breadth and depth of Ms. Buchanan’s skills, experience, and accomplishments as well as her strong ties to the Boston preservation and heritage communities make her especially qualified to lead SEHA at this time. It is confident that her passion for managing historic house museums will help SEHA meet its long term goal of becoming a major historic, cultural and greenspace resource for both Boston and the Dudley community.  

OTHER RECENT NEWS, progress continues on the Mansion’s exterior renovations. It is expected the nearly $100,000 painting and wood repair project will be completed by late summer. The Mansion can be seen below in this photo taken June 8th by Buildings & Grounds Chair William B. Finch who is serving as manager for the major repair project. In the temporary absence of shutters the giant Georgian pilasters appear especially prominent. The Shirley-Eustis House was one of the first houses in America to apply the architectural feature for added stateliness. 


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Archaeology at SEH!

Dr. John Steinberg (far right) is pictured with (l to r) Steven R. Pendery, William S. Kuttner and City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley.

Dr. John Steinberg (far right) is pictured with (l to r) Steven R. Pendery, William S. Kuttner and City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley.

Archaeologists returned to Shirley Place on March 18th of 2019 to conduct a limited ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey focused on the Mansion’s south terraces. The survey may have revealed earlier (possibly 18th c.) terraces lying under the ones currently visible.

The brief survey was conducted by John Steinberg of the University of Massachusetts Boston. The device he used operates on the radar principal and is entirely non-destructive. It produces images that are not as clear as those of a CT scan and therefor need to be interpreted by a skilled operator. While certain objects can be detected the device is most useful for sensing buried foundations and different soil deposits of varying consistency.

The UMass Boston team hopes to extend its survey work across more of Shirley Place’s historic landscape. Dr. Steinberg was joined for the survey work by SEHA President William S. Kuttner, Board Member Steven R. Pendery, Chair of SEHA’s Archaeology Working Committee and City of Boston Archaeologist Joseph Bagley. 

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We were recently featured in an article in which Suffolk University history professor Robert Allison listed fifteen local historic sites beyond the Freedom Trail "that can also provide visitors a with a good dose of history."


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Cover photography by Ulricke Welsch