Old Sturbridge Village’s expansive and diverse collections have national significance as one of the single largest holdings of materials documenting everyday life in rural New England prior to the Civil War. This remarkable collections of more than 50,000 historic objects contains many rare examples of things that were once fundamental to everyday life in early 19th-century New England -- craftsmen’s tools, agricultural implements, ceramics, clothing and textiles, furniture, clocks, lighting and portraits.
Old Sturbridge Village hosts an annual Collectors' Forum, bringing together curators, experts, collectors and the public to examine new scholarship and perspectives on material culture and social history.
Details for the 2016 Collectors’ Forum will be available in the spring.
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