OSV’s Collection Sightings
With over 50,000 objects, the collections at Old Sturbridge Village touch upon nearly every aspect of life during the Early Republic. It is important to us that our collections be used to inspire and education the public. Sometimes items in our collection also travel to be part of other museums’ exhibits, tying our stories into the histories of other New England families. These links represent just a few examples of the sightings of OSV’s collection being talked about and exhibited around the country.
Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture is a collaborative project of OSV and ten other institutions that features exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and publications to celebrate the Bay State's legacy of furniture-making.
This organization offers a collections database that includes many samplers from the Old Sturbridge Village Collection.
Several OSV paintings by noted period and regional painter Matthew Prior were on loan for an important 2013 show at the American Folk Art Museum, Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed.
Decorative Arts Groups, Archives, and Publications
Heritage Breed Animals and Heirloom Gardening
Continuing Traditions Today
Today, a number of organizations continue making furniture, painted wares, and other decorative objects using traditional practices. Their efforts bring a modern spin to historic forms.
Preserving our Past
Important history is not just found in museums, but in our own homes. If you have antiques or other family heirlooms, it is important to preserve them for future generations. Below, are a few sources for information on conservation work, archival supplies, and best-practices for preserving antiques. There are many other helpful sources of information, these represent just a few to start with.