WISCASSET — Matthew Thurlow, former curator at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, now at Winterthur in Delaware, will talk about how the furniture of Duncan Phyfe and his New York area contemporaries came to represent the highest levels of taste, craftsmanship and design in the lecture “From Artisan to Mechanic: Duncan Phyfe and the Early 19th Century Furniture Trade,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in the Nickels-Sortwell House barn. The lecture offers a preview of the Duncan Phyfe exhibition scheduled to open in December at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Historic New England Wiscasset Site Manager Peggy Konitzky will give the final lecture of the season, “Quiet Warrior: William Sumner Appleton and the Battles to Save Maine’s Historic Houses,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in the Nickels-Sortwell House barn. Appleton founded the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities in 1914, and his efforts resulted in important preservation work throughout the region. Often in the background and frequently without acknowledgement, he played a role saving some important Maine landmarks.
Admission is $5 Historic New England members, $10 others. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, visit http://www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
The lecture series is sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council.