Further Resources

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

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.

National Society of The Colonial Dames of America

This organization offers a collections database that includes many samplers from the Old Sturbridge Village Collection.

American Folk Art Museum

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

Decorative Arts Trust

The Rhode Island Furniture Archive at the Yale University Art Gallery

Antiques & Fine Arts Magazine

Magazine Antiques

Early American Life


Heritage Breed Animals and Heirloom Gardening

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums

American Chestnut Foundation

Livestock Conservancy



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.

North Bennet Street School

The Historical Society of Early American Decoration

Society of American Period Furniture Makers

Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking


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.

Northeastern Document Conservation Center

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

The American Conservation Consortium

Smithsonian Institute

Gaylord Brothers Archival Supplies

University Products