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Governor Deval Patrick Names September 17th Massachusetts Furniture Day

Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture is a collaborative venture highlighting Massachusetts furniture-making through the centuries.

BOSTON, MA – In honor of the statewide celebration, Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, Governor Deval Patrick has named September 17th, Massachusetts Furniture Day. A first-time collaboration among ten museums and cultural institutions throughout the state, Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture will highlight Massachusetts furniture-making, from the 1600s to the present day, through a series of exhibitions and public programs. Exhibitions and programs will begin in September and will run through December 2014. Participating institutions include the Colonial Society of Massachusetts; Concord Museum; Fuller Craft Museum; Historic Deerfield; Historic New England; Massachusetts Historical Society; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; North Bennet Street School; Old Sturbridge Village; and Peabody Essex Museum. Also playing a key role in the development of the project is Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.

The Honorable Bryon Rushing will read the Governor’s proclamation at a special event held in Nurses Hall in the State House on September 17th at 2:00pm.  Legislators from throughout the state will join in the celebration and a special chair belonging to Governor John Endecott (1589-1665), the first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, will also be on display. The chair is one of the earliest known upholstered chairs made in New England. 

Never before have so many renowned institutions in the Northeast joined forces to exhibit, study and promote a single topic in the field of American Decorative Art.  Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture is an unprecedented celebration of the Bay State’s remarkable furniture-making legacy. From the earliest products of newly arrived immigrants in the 1600s, to the outstanding work of present-day studio furniture-makers, Massachusetts holds one of the most prominent places in American furniture­-making history.

“We are honored that Governor Patrick has recognized the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture project with such a wonderful designation,” said Dennis Fiori, President of the Massachusetts Historical Society and one of the founders of the project. “By declaring September 17th as Massachusetts Furniture Day, Governor Patrick is recognizing the truly remarkable legacy in American furniture history that Massachusetts holds, not only as a traditional industry but also as an art form,” said Fiori. 

For more information on Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture go to: fourcenturies.org.

Published: Tuesday, 17 September, 2013, 12:06 PM