Thursday, June 16, 2022

Times: 6 – 7 PM

Cost: FREE for Old Sturbridge Village and Coggeshall Farm Museum members. Must be a member to join the live webinar.


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For centuries, Americans have celebrated their history and public identity with parades. Marching politicians and soldiers, stirring music, colorful flags and banners, ornamented fire engines, costumed school children, and colorful floats set forth on the stage of town after town to symbolize traditions and values that Americans hold dear.  Sometimes sophisticated, often naïve, and occasionally hilarious, parade presentations present stories of deep meaning to those involved. In this webinar, Jane Nylander will share highlights and answer questions about the intensive research distilled in her engaging new book, “The Best Ever!” Parades in New England, 1788-1940.

About Jane Nylander:

Jane C. Nylander is president emerita of Historic New England. Formerly director of Strawbery Banke Museum, curator of textiles and ceramics at Old Sturbridge Village, and curator of the New Hampshire Historical Society, she has served as Trustee of Old Sturbridge Village, Historic Deerfield, the New Hampshire Historical Society, the Decorative Arts Trust, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in New Hampshire, the Worcester (Massachusetts) Historical Museum, and the Costume Society of America. She has written and lectured extensively on New England social history and domestic interiors, textiles, clothing, and antiquarianism. Winner of many awards and widely published in periodicals including Antiques, Antiques and Fine Arts, and Early American Life, she is also the author of Our Own Snug Fireside: Images of the New England Home, 1760–1860 (Knopf, 1993), Fabrics for Historic Buildings (National Trust, 4th edition, 1990) and Windows on the Past: Four Centuries of New England Homes (Historic New England, 2009). A special pleasure throughout her career has been extensive research in New England’s local historical societies and town libraries. Winner of many awards, Jane Nylander credits her husband and collaborator, Richard, for enriching her work. They divide their time between Portsmouth and Freedom, New Hampshire.

To see a preview of the book and order your own copy, click here.

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