Christmas Merchandise Sneak Peek: The Early Bird Gets the Gift!

Museum Shop Manager Patti Chase has been giving visitors a sneak peek and early opportunity to purchase some of the lovely ornaments, decorations, and gifts curated by our buyer Alice Dwyer Ross for this holiday season. Stopping by the Carriage House Museum Shop has become a tradition for many, and we can't wait to show [...]

Parlor Passementerie on Display Under the Staircase

 Visitors to the Mansion are now enjoying an exhibit recently installed by Curator Arlene Palmer Schwind in a new lighted case under the stairs in the back of the stair hall.  It features the dazzling silk passementerie (trimmings) that originally embellished the window hangings in the Parlor.  Believed to have been made in Paris, these [...]

2nd Annual Mourning at the Mansion

Our second annual "Mourning in the Mansion," once again captivated crowds with a themed tour about Victorian death practices accompanied by excerpts from Portland Ballet's production The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The event combined historical information on traditional mourning customs of the nineteenth century, as well as details about the several deaths and funerals that took [...]

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Grant

In September, the Mansion was awarded a prestigious IMLS grant for the Museums of America program. The grant will partially fund the restoration of  the original painted finishes of the walls and ceilings of the Reception Room, part of the only extant architectural commission by artist Giuseppe Guidicini. The project will also encompass photographic documentation and paint sampling [...]