The Shirley-Eustis House Association

mission statement

The Shirley-Eustis House Association exists to preserve, maintain and interpret the Shirley-Eustis House and grounds as a museum for the education and enjoyment of the public. The Association seeks to engage the broadest community in understanding the role of Shirley Place, since its construction as a Royal Governor’s mansion in 1747, as it reflects the beginning of our nation and the history of Roxbury and Boston.


Founded in 1913 by legendary Preservationist William Sumner Appleton, The Shirley-Eustis House Association is one of the oldest heritage organizations in the nation. It is actively managed by a Board of Governors and its Executive Committee and advised and assisted by a non-governing Board of Overseers.

Board of Governors

  • William S. Kuttner, President, Executive Committee Member
  • Paula M. Merek, Vice President, Executive Committee Member
  • Mary T. Flynn, Secretary, Executive Committee Member
  • Stephen R. Vitello, Treasurer, Executive Committee Member
  • Frederic C. Detwiller
  • William B. Finch
  • D. Bryan Glascok
  • Alexandra K. Koblan
  • Steven R. Pendery
  • Jeanne E. Richardson, Executive Committee Member
  • Patricia J. Smith
  • Eileen T. Woodford

Board of Overseers

  • Robert J. Allison
  • Robert A. Bellinger
  • Frederic C. Detwiller
  • Jonathan L. Fairbanks
  • William B. Finch
  • Bonnie Gossels
  • William S. Kuttner
  • Nina R. Meyer
  • David A. Mittell, Jr.
  • James S. Nicolson
  • J. Archer O’Reilly, III
  • Jeanne E. Richardson
  • Arnold E. Sapenter
  • Alison Simmons
  • Sylvia Q. Simmons
  • Thomas H. Townsend
  • Patricia A. Violette