My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Museum of Fine Arts, a Must to see in Boston, Massachusetts

Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts

We visited the MFA soon after Christmas to see two new exhibits. One was closing soon, French Pastels, and the exhibit Ansel Adams In Our Times had just opened. Photos of some of my favorite paintings and photos are shown below.

Dancers Resting (above) and Dancers in Rose (below) both by Edgar Degas and were in the special exhibit French Pastels, Treasurers from the Past.

This exhibit is probably my 3rd or 4th that I've seen over the years. The first one was in 1978 in Yosemite, California.  One special one was in 1979 in Washington, DC, where I was able to get two autographs, and position him in place so I could take his photo. See blog to see autographs and my photo at:

The exhibit had only been open for two weeks when we went, and it was too crowded. Practically every picture I took is a disaster because they have shadows of visitors or exit lights. I hope to go back on a non-vacation day and retake these. My husband and I love this museum, and since it was the 2nd visit in 11 months, we decided to become members, so the rest of 2019 visits are free.

Georgia O'Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona, 1937.

I especially love this photo because it is of my 4th cousin once removed, Georgia O'Keeffe and her guide. This photo was high up on a wall, so much so, I couldn't look straight at it, thus, no shadows.
A favorite photo, below I did a closeup, but of course you see shadows of people.

I loved this photo, but you can all see the reflections of the people looking at it.

Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer by Edgar Degas.
Interesting view 11 months earlier.

Hanging Head Dragonfly table lamp by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Peonies Blown in the Wind by John La Farge, Parakeets and Gold Fish Bowl by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Butterflies and Foliage by John La Farge.

Boston Common at Twilight by Childe Hassam, 1885.

The Drummer Boy, abt. 1862 by William Morris Hunt.

The Buffalo Trail, abt. 1867 (above) and Valley of the Yosemite, 1864 (below) both by Albert Bierstadt.

Paul Revere, 1768 by John Singleton Copley.

Washington at Dorchester Heights, 1806 by Gilbert Stuart.

Watson and the Shark, 1778 by John Singleton Copley. (The young boy was bitten by a shark, and lost his leg.)

 Monet Room.

Mary and Elizabeth Royall, by John Singleton Copley, 1758.

I wrote about their historic house, Royall House and Slave Quarters, in Medford, Massachusetts.

Maria Bockenolle (Wife of Johannes Elison), 1634 by Rembrandt van Rijn.

Winter Landscape near a Village, abt. 1610 by Hendrick Avercamp.

I have a lot of Dutch ancestry and was interested in all the masterpieces the museum has. I took plenty of photos, and hope to put them together in another post.

In the Loge, 1878 by Mary Stevenson Cassatt.

Houses at Auvers, 1890 by Vincent van Gogh and shown below if:
Dance at Bougival, 1883 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Museum Epiphany III, 2012 by Warren Prosperi.

The little girl is being told something about the statue. The statue is shown below behind my husband looking at the above photo.

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882 by John Singer Sargent.

Second floor, rather interesting to see people flying above.

From Google, you can see the MFA on the lower left side.

Flyer from my 2005 visit to the MFA.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Isabella Stewart Gardner, Her Courtyard, Paintings, Furnishings in the Palace, Boston, Massachusetts

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way, Boston, Massachusetts

Four floors overlook the Courtyard. The museum is on the first three floors, and you are able to view the Courtyard from all inside rooms. Since it was so warm on our December visit, many of the large windows were open.

Interior Courtyard, in March and December 2018.

 First floor hallway above, 2nd floor hallway below.
There are quite a few period rooms, and most of them are listed below, with the name of it. Click on the link (from the museum), and you'll see more details. (From Wikipedia.) The museum has always been a popular tourist attraction. i particularly love it because of it's small size, interesting collection that was placed by Isabella in the locations that now still exist, and the courtyard.

I wouldn't be surprised if many people visit to hear the story of the "single largest property theft in the world," 13 works of art were stolen on March 18, 1990, and have never been found. When you visit, you will see the locations of the paintings, simple to find because the frames are still hanging. To learn about the theft, use museum website at:

From the information sheet below, you can see there are two desks, each with a framed picture (both stolen).

 From this view, you can see where three paintings once hung. A fourth was behind the second desks on the right.

Self-Portrait, age 23 of Rembrandt. After the robbery, it was found on the floor. It was assumed by some that because it was painted on wood, it was too heavy to carry. Below his portrait above, there is a very small picture frame on the side of the desk. That etching by him was stolen.

"The Palace" Original entrance before the new wing was built a few years ago.

New wing on left, built in  2012, original museum on right.

Interior walkway from new wing (reception, library, gift shop, cafe) to the "Palace."

This is when I usually visit. The link shows the beauty of the hanging plants.

To read more about the stolen artwork and the heist, you might enjoy: