History At Play/Judith Kalaora/A Revolution of Her Own! TM Deborah Sampson
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

History At Play/Judith Kalaora/A Revolution of Her Own! TM Deborah Sampson

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Judith Kalaora returns to the Ingersoll-Gardner Carriage House for a performance of A Revolution of Her Own!TM

Deborah Samson (Sampson), the first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American Military captivates audiences in an hour-long program chronicling her life. Experience Deborah Sampson’s arduous upbringing, one and a half years of active combat, and success as the first female professional soldier, through interactive stories and authentic colonial attire. Deborah’s passion will take you back in time!

SEHA Members $5.00/General Admission  $10.00

Refreshments will be served after the performance. 

Carriage House

15 Rockford Street

Roxbury, MA 02119

This performance is a generous gift from SEHA member History at Play/Judith Kalaora

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Historic Landscape Lecture & Tour
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Historic Landscape Lecture & Tour

Join us for a unique opportunity to learn  more about the colonial and federalist inspired landscape of Shirley Place. Master Gardeners Mary Lou O’Connor and Linda Woodbury  will provide context for the estate’s current historical interpretation, including information about the 18th and 19th century residents and neighbors involved in horticultural and agricultural pursuits during Roxbury’s heyday as a gardening community.  Weather permitting guests will enjoy a guided tour of the Madam Eustis Gardens, the Parterre, the Forecourt and the Orchards.

 Horticulturally inspired refreshments will be served.

Space is limited. $8 for Members, $10.00 Non Members. Please contact us at 617 442-2275 to register. Meet at the Ingersoll-Gardner Carriage House, 15 Rockford Street, Roxbury, MA 02119. The Carriage House is located directly across from the Shirley - Eustis House’s Rockford St. side. Street parking on Shirley Street.

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A Special Event for our Members: Opening Day Preview Tour
Jun
1
10:30 AM10:30

A Special Event for our Members: Opening Day Preview Tour

To mark the opening of our tour season later in the day, SEHA Members are invited for a private morning tour of Shirley Place. The special theme based tour, which will be  conducted by President William S. Kuttner. will begin at 11:00 a.m. Coffee, along with pastry generously donated by Haley House Bakery Café,  will be served in the Breakfast Room between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Overseer J. Archer O’Reilly, III, a historical character re-enactor, will be present as General Henry Knox to welcome visitors.

SEHA members always visit Shirley Place for free. Individual Membership allows one adult admission. Family Membership includes two adults and any accompanying children under 18. Patron levels of Sustainer and  above permit up to five adults and accompanying children under 18.

Regular Tour Season begins on June 1st and goes through August 24th. Tours will be held most Saturdays during this time period at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. In observance of Independence Day Weekend Shirley Place will be closed on July 6th.

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Special Community Event: Second Annual Mother-Daughter Tea
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Special Community Event: Second Annual Mother-Daughter Tea

As a gift to our local community SEHA is once again hosting a special event for twelve young ladies selected by principals of Roxbury schools. They and their mothers are being invited to an elegant tea at Shirley Place. This event was inspired by the ante-bellum tradition favored by Caroline Langdon ”Madam”  Eustis who frequently hosted tea parties for young girls at Shirley Place.  

Governors, Overseers and dedicated SEHA members come together to provide traditional tea sandwiches and sweets as well as serve tea. This year the event will feature an appearance by “Madam Eustis”.  Overseer and former Executive Director Patti Violette will re-enact Governor Eustis’ wife, who was legendary for her elegant and lavish social events. Ms. Violette is currently the Executive Director of the USS Albacore Submarine and Museum in Portsmouth, NH. 

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National Preservation Month Free Tours
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

National Preservation Month Free Tours

SEHA is proud to participate in National Preservation Month in May!  Established in 1973 by the National Register of Historic Places the month long program includes a host of events which are locally co-sponsored. The Boston Landmarks Commission serves as coordinator for Boston, The preservation related events are intended to promote historic places for the purpose of instilling national and community pride, promoting heritage tourism, and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. As SEHA’s contribution to this worthwhile program we will be offering visitors a free tour of Shirley Place on May 11, 2019. Tours last approximately 30 to 45 minutes and will take place at: 

11:00 AM

Noon

1:00 PM

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Annual Members Meeting 2019
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Annual Members Meeting 2019


Shirley Place

33 Shirley Street

Roxbury, MA 02119

The Shirley-Eustis House Association hosted its 2019 Annual Members Meeting on April 7th. The agenda included the election of Governors and Overseers to the Class of 2022, appointment of SEHA Officers for the next twelve month period, presentation of Governors’ Awards and a Memorial Tribute to late long time Treasurer Marlowe A. Sigal. Following the business portion of the meeting Flavia Cigliano, Former Executive Director of the Nichols House Museum on Beacon Hill, spoke about the successful transformation of a small house museum into a professionally managed institution. Afterwards guests enjoyed a festive reception. A detailed summary of the meeting will be included in the early spring newsletter. 

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Evacuation Day 2019
Mar
16
11:30 AM11:30

Evacuation Day 2019

A sure sign of Spring! The Lexington Minutemen and Massachusetts Sons of the American Revolution returned to Shirley Place for a traditional gathering following Evacuation Day Historical Exercises at Dorchester Heights. From 1775 - 1776 the Mansion served as Revolutionary War barracks and a hospital during the Siege of Boston.

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2018 Annual Members Holiday Party
Dec
9
1:00 PM13:00

2018 Annual Members Holiday Party

Our Members Holiday Party featured a beautifully decorated Shirley Place, festive food and beverages, and violin music of the late 18th to mid- 19th centuries performed by Peng Yi. Other highlights will include a Birthday Toast to William Shirley and caroling!

This year’s party theme, “Holidays Glow at Shirley Place”, was inspired by The Season of Light and our magnificent c. 1780 crystal chandelier, which adorns the Great Hall. It is said to have once hung in St. John’s College, Oxford. As a treasured part of our collection the chandelier was formally dedicated to Margaret Eustis Richardson and her late husband Dr. E.P. Richardson, who generously donated it to The Shirley-Eustis House Association in 1985. To mark the special occasion Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges read Rumi’s “In Your Light” as well as her own work “Praisesong Boston”. Professor Robert Allison, Chair, Suffolk University History Department, offered a brief summary of the construction of the Mansion and noted that December 2nd had marked William Shirley’s 324th Birthday! Festivities were topped off by a merry carol sing.

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SPECIAL EVENT: Watkins and Windsors
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

SPECIAL EVENT: Watkins and Windsors

On Saturday, September 15th , the Shirley-Eustis House Association celebrated the formal opening of its new exhibit, Watkins and Windsors, which both narrates the history of the iconic Windsor chair and  highlights a donation of historic furnishings from the estate of Malcolm and Joan Watkins to the Shirley-Eustis House Association. The exhibit was curated by Governor Steven R. Pendery, Ph.D, along with Guest Curator and Former Governor Elisabeth  A. Pendery. 

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Summer Garden Party with Old South
Jul
15
3:00 PM15:00

Summer Garden Party with Old South

SPECIAL EVENT FOR OUR MEMBERS!

On Sunday, July 15, we hosted an elegant summer garden party in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House and its members. Attendees strolled  our grounds and enjoyed a special tour of the Governor’s Mansion before sitting down to a Front Lawn tea surrounded by flowers inspired by Caroline Eustis' 19th-Century horticultural passions.

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RoxFilm20: Coffee + Conversation with Topper Carew
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

RoxFilm20: Coffee + Conversation with Topper Carew

Join a conversation with the one and only Topper Carew this Saturday at the Shirley-Eustis House! Topper Carew is an award winning screenwriter, film director, television writer and producer and the creator of the beloved show, Martin TV. This event is part of the  Roxbury International Film Festival  happening June 20-30th. The talk is free and open to the public, but space is limited!   Please RSVP on Eventbrite  here  .

Join a conversation with the one and only Topper Carew this Saturday at the Shirley-Eustis House! Topper Carew is an award winning screenwriter, film director, television writer and producer and the creator of the beloved show, Martin TV. This event is part of the Roxbury International Film Festival happening June 20-30th. The talk is free and open to the public, but space is limited! 

Please RSVP on Eventbrite here .

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