The Hidden Figures of Dumbarton House: slavery and servitude within the Nourse household

Ten years ago Chris started as an Education Graduate Intern, researching the question—did the Nourse family have any enslaved workers or indentured servants in their household?  As many historical researchers know, with a project like this, the first place to […] Read more ›

Interpretive Planning – An Ongoing Process

Over the past seven years, Dumbarton House has, in one way or another, been developing an interpretive plan for our museum. I am fortunate as the Education Manager to inherit this project at a stage when we have funding and […] Read more ›

Museum Loans, the Back Story

by Scott Scholz, Deputy Director and Curator, Dumbarton House Have you ever looked at an object label in a museum, noticed it was a loan, and wondered how the museum knew where to find it? As a fledgling curator nearly […] Read more ›

The Collection Move: Plan, Plan, and Plan some more

As Dumbarton House is temporarily closed for installation of a new HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) system, we want to share our behind-the-scenes experience and learning online. Over the coming months, staff and guest contributor reflections will be posted here […] Read more ›

More to Come

Dumbarton House is temporarily closed while we renovate for a new sustainable HVAC system. During this six month process we’ll be giving you an in-depth behind the scenes look at how this project unfolds. You’ll hear from various members of […] Read more ›