Fashioning the New England Family

Meet the Team

Kimberly Alexander, Ph.D. is the guest curator of the exhibition and primary author of Fashioning the New England Family. Currently, she is Adjunct Faculty in the History Department at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches museum studies and material culture. She has held curatorial positions at several New England museums, most recently Chief Curator at Strawbery Banke Museum (Portsmouth, NH.) Her forthcoming book, entitled Georgian Shoe Stories from Early America [Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018], traces the history of early Anglo-American footwear from the 1740s through the 1790s. Dr. Alexander was an Andrew Oliver Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society (2016-2017), and is currently writing the illustrated companion volume to accompany this exhibition. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram (@silkbrocade2), Twitter (@SilkDamask), and at her blog!

Anne E. Bentley is the MHS Curator of Art and Artifacts. A graduate of Syracuse University, Anne has been with the MHS since 1973, first as conservator of manuscripts, then as curator of the fine arts collection. From the first, she has also been responsible for the Society’s decorative arts, comprising all manner of arti¬facts from armor to writing implements—almost all of which were given with family papers. She is currently working with colleagues to convert the Society’s artifact records into the online catalog. Anne also wrote the preface for the Society’s award-winning companion volume, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry

Ondine Le Blanc is Ford Editor of Publications at the Massachusetts Historical Society. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Michigan. At the MHS since 1997, Le Blanc has helped publish a broad range of books related to the Society’s collections, from documentary editions of handwritten diaries to exhibition catalogs, as well as the Society’s scholarly journal. Her day-to-day work runs the gamut from traditional copyediting to typesetting to XML encoding. Ondine also designed and edited the MHS publications In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry and The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections.

Laura Wulf has been working at the MHS for 10 years as a Digital Projects Production Specialist. Before arriving at the MHS she worked as a staff photographer at the Harvard University News Office and also freelanced for many years working for colleges, hospitals and local non-profits. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and an MLS from Simmons. Laura was the primary photographer for the MHS publications In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry and The Cabinetmaker & the Carver: Boston Furniture from Private Collections.

Upcoming Events

History of Women and Gender Seminar

Transgender History and Archives: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

18Dec 5:30PM 2018
Location: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute

This panel aims to begin an interdisciplinary conversation in transgender history. What is the state of the field of transgender studies in history, archiving, and public ...

MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

22Dec 10:00AM 2018

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, ...

Early American History Seminar

The Consecration of Samuel Seabury and the Crisis of Atlantic Episcopacy, 1782-1807

8Jan 5:15PM 2019

Samuel Seabury’s consecration in 1784 signaled a transformation in the organization of American Protestantism. After more than a century of resistance to the office ...

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