Isabella Stewart Gardner
Known for her flamboyant manner and free-spirited ways, Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840 - 1924) became known as the first American "Patroness of the Arts." The ambiance of her Back Bay salon at 150-152 Beacon Street inspired the creation of "Fenway Court," an architecturally lavish backdrop for her significant collection of Italian Renaissance art. Fenway Court known today as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, was willed to the City of Boston for the "education and enjoyment of the public forever," and stands as a monument to her aesthetic sensibilities.

An active member of The Church of the Advent in Boston's Back Bay, she was a frequent guest at Henry Sleeper's house, Beauport (now part of Historic New England) on Gloucester's Eastern Point Boulevard.

Selected Performace Sites:
- Nashua (NH) Public Library, October 2014
- St. Botolph Club, Boston, April '14
- Falmouth Historical Society, April '14
- Abington Garden Club, April '14
- Woburn Public Library, March '14
- New Baby Bundles Inc., philanthropic fundraiser, Weymouth, November '13
- Unitarian Women's Unity Group, Lexington, November '13
- Medford Public Library, September '13
- Hanson Public Library & Senior Center, June '13
- Norwood Public Library, April '13
- Plymouth Garden Club at Pilgrim Hall, March '13
- Harwichport Garden Club, March '13
- Cambridge Historical Society, February '13
- Framingham Garden Club, January '13
- Roslindale Public Library, September '12
- Somerset Public Library, July '12
- Acton Garden Club, June '12
- Andover Garden Club, South Church, March '12
- Stoneham Garden Club, November '11
- Winchester Garden Club, October '11
- Hopkinton Historical Society & Garden Club, October '11
- East Providence (RI) Public Library, October '11
- Chelmsford Garden Club, October '11
- Cape Ann Historical Society & Gloucester Garden Club, August '11
- Burlington Public Library, June '11
- Scituate Garden Club, April '11
- North Kingstown (RI) Public Library, March '11
- Boxford Garden Club, January '11
- Sleeper-McCann House, Beauport Museum, Historic New England, Gloucester, August '10
- Arlington Historical Society, April '10
- Haverhill Public Library, March '10
- Framingham Public Library, March '10
- Canton Women's Club, February '10
- Nauset Garden Club, Orleans, MA, October '09
- Cohasset Garden Club, August '09
- Easton Garden Club, May '09
- Milford Public Library & Garden Club, April '09
- Northeast District Garden Club at Ipswich Country Club, April '09
- Dracut Historical Society & Garden Club at Harmony Hall, April '09
- Reading Garden Club, March '09
- Dartmouth Women's Club, February '09
- Wellesley Hills Women's Club, November 08
- The Garden Club of the Back Bay and The College Club of Boston, October 08
- Carlisle Garden Club, September 08
- Longfellow House [PDF], Summer Solstice Showcase, Cambridge, June '08
- Newburyport Garden Club, March '08
- Postcomers Club, Natick, January '08
- Norwood Women's Club, December '07
- Wellesley Garden Club, October '07
- Sleeper-McCann House, Beauport Museum, Historic New England, Gloucester, August '07
- Bourne Historical Society [PDF], August '07
- Horatio Colony House Museum [PDF] & New Hampshire Humanities Council, Chautauqua Program, Keene (NH), July '07
- Daniel Webster Estate, Marshfield, July '07
- North Reading Antiquarian Society, May '07
- Tewksbury Garden Club with North Andover Trowel & Spade Club, May '07
- Groton Public Library, April '07
- Hull Garden Club, April '07
- Cohasset Historical Society & Community Garden Center, February '07
- Wakefield Garden Club, November '06
- Bridgewater Garden Club, October '06
- Aptuxcet Garden Club, October '06
- Salem (MA) Garden Club, September '06
- Ventforth Hall, Museum of the Gilded Age, Lenox (MA), June '06
- Victorian Society of Malden, October '04
- Waltham Public Library, January '04
- Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA, presently Historic New England), at Beauport Museum, Gloucester (MA), summer '96-'03 [PDF]
- Billerica Public Library, June '02 [PDF]
- J.V. Fletcher Library, Westford, September '02
- Dedham Historical Society, April '02
- Westfield (MA) Athaeneum, March '02
- Sherborn Public Library, February'02
- Manchester (MA) Women's Club, February '02
- Peabody Historical Society, March '01 [PDF]
- Medford Women's Club, February '01
- Hanover Historical Society, September '00
Church of the Advent, Boston, Millenium celebration, June '00
Natick Arts Center, March '00
Boxford Public Library, February '00
- Northern Essex Community College, November '99 [PDF]
Chilton Club, Boston, January '99
- South Natick Historical Society, January '98 [PDF]
- Danvers Historical Society, March '97 [PDF]
- Faneuil Branch Library, Brighton (MA), April '96

 




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