Research Center

A Historical Place Dedicated to the Practice of Historical Arts

The Society has established a research center at the David Wight House (built in 1793) on the grounds of Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The research center is available for HSEAD members’ use as they research and practice the decorative arts of early America. The center also holds classes and other programs for the benefit of HSEAD members, and those events appear in the “News & Events” portion of this website. It is important to note for first-time visitors that although the center is on the grounds of Old Sturbridge Village, it is not part of the museum. Museum admission is not required to visit and a service entrance is used to access the David Wight House. Research Center Map

Research Center Benefits

The research center offers many benefits to those studying early American decoration, and HSEAD members are welcome to use and enjoy them.

  • The HSEAD Collection of Patterns from the Society’s Museum in Albany. It includes several hundred original designs recorded and painted by HSEAD members.
  • Out-of-print books as well as binders of in-depth research that cover many aspects of early American decoration are contained in the center’s library. The collection is available for use on the premises.
  • Exhibition space is available for displays of members’ artwork.
  • Two large rooms are available for workshops — one with ample space for eight students and the other with room for 16-20 chairs.