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Westborough: Historical Society presents “The Lost Art of Etiquette”
March 24, 2014
Westborough – Are you a fan of? PBS” “Downton Abbey”? Would you like to learn about early 20th century etiquette in New England? The Westborough Historical Society will host Historic New England registrar Megan MacNeil, who will discuss the role of etiquette in paying calls, writing letters, and entertaining. This program will be held Monday, March 24, at 7 p.m., at the Sibley House, 13 Parkman St. The snow date is March 31.
MacNeil has been the registrar at Historic New England since 2006. Her registrarial duties include tracking all object movement between 36 historic sites, walking each prospective donor through the object donation process, and trying to untangle 100-plus years of object numbering issues.
Prior to working for Historic New England, she worked for the Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust House in Salem. Her first task at Phillips was assisting the curator with the first-ever inventory of five generations of Phillips family furnishings and ephemera. The inventory experience was so fascinating that MacNeil stayed at Phillips for the next six years as a tour guide, curatorial assistant, and, finally, collections manager and registrar.
She has a B.A. in History from Gordon College and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University.