2014 Programs

Emily Dickinson's bedThursday, March 27, 2014
"Status and Comfort:  Glimpses of Early Bedrooms"

A lecture by Jane Nylander, President Emerita of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities

Time:  7:00 pm
Location:  Woodbury Room, Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst
Fee:  None

As part of the Emily Dickinson Museum's bedroom restoration project, the Museum is delighted to welcome Jane Nylander to Amherst for a lecture on the history of bedrooms in New England.  Nylander will address how bedrooms evolved into a specific space in New England domestic interiors.  She will discussed how bedrooms were furnished, decorated, heated, and lit.

Nylander is President Emerita of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, former President of Strawbery Banke Museum, and former Curator of Textiles and Senior Curator at Old Sturbridge Village. She is a Trustee of the New Hampshire Historical Society, an Honorary Trustee of Historic Deerfield, a Governor of the Decorative Arts Trust, and an Advisor to the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Her many publications include Our Own Snug Fireside: Images of the New England Home 1750-1860, Windows on the Past, and Fabrics for Historic Buildings as well as more than ninety articles. She graduated from Brown University and holds an M. A. from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.

Jane was elected to Honorary Membership in the American Institute of Architects in 2009 and received the Iris Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Decorative Arts from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture in 2005. With her husband, Richard, she shared a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society in June 2005 and in April 2010 they received an Award of Merit from the Antiques Dealers of America.

Jane’s current research work is focused on pre-1940 parade floats as expressions of community and identity. You may have seen her article on the topic in the summer 2010 issue of the Magazine Antiques. With her husband, Richard, she is serving as Guest Curator for an exhibition on Bedrooms and Sleep, opening on October 9th at the Concord Museum in Concord, Massachusetts.