Fiske Kimball Temple

The centerpiece of the North Garden is the Fiske Kimball Temple. Fiske Kimball was engaged by the National Society in the early 1930s to be the architectural advisor to oversee the renovations of the house. At that time, he was […] Read more ›

“Fancy Doors” at Dumbarton House

The faux painted interior doors of Dumbarton House exemplify a timeless decorative technique with its own Federal Period flair. Painted patterns meant to imitate the grain of expensive woods or a wide array of natural materials can be done in […] Read more ›

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 ›