Author Archives: Nikki W.

About Nikki W.

Nikki is a museum technician and has a M.A. in historical archaeology from Boston University and a B.S. in geological sciences and history from Salem State University. Her areas of interest include historic ceramics, 17th and 18th century New England history, geoarchaeology, and American decorative arts.

Hack-Attack: Museum Hack and the National Park Service

Have you heard of Museum Hack? If not, the first thing you should know is that their company motto is “Museums are f***ing awesome.” If you go to their website, the first text you see is “This isn’t your Grandma’s … Continue reading

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“Housekeeping Ain’t No Joke”: Historic Housekeeping at the Wayside in Concord, MA

For every blog post I write, I think long and hard about a fun, witty title that not only piques the reader’s interest but is also relevant to the topic.  For this post, I hit gold.  “Little Women,” written by … Continue reading

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What’s Up Downstairs? Servant Life and Interactive Exhibits at Maymont in Richmond, VA

If you keep up with our Facebook and blog posts, you know that here at the Northeast Museum Services Center, we travel a fair amount. Since we are responsible for assisting nearly 80 parks throughout the Northeast Region, we often … Continue reading

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It Wasn’t Easy Being Green: Irish Artifacts from the Boott Mill

Growing up in Massachusetts, I was well aware of my frequently mentioned–though quite distant—Irish heritage.  My grandfather, Eddie McInerny, was my link to my Irish legacy, and it was a big source of pride in my family.  Like many Bostonians, … Continue reading

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Have We Been Naughty? Why is There So Much Coal in Archeology Collections?

Although it isn’t the most visually appealing artifact to come across in the lab, I still like finding coal, especially because of my background in geology.  Artifacts like coal remind me that we’re not so different from the people who … Continue reading

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Time for Some Spring Cleaning: Goffering Irons at Saratoga National Historical Park

While cataloging artifacts from the Schuyler House, part of Saratoga National Historical Park, we came across a strange looking, elongated metal rod.  After a bit of research, we realized that this artifact is the inner rod of a goffering iron. … Continue reading

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Are You Sure That’s Not White Salt-Glazed Stoneware?

About a month ago, I started to write a blog post titled “Puzzling Over Puzzle Pieces” which would discuss the research we were doing on a few sherds of creamware with an unusual “scratch-blue” decoration (to learn more about eighteenth-century ceramics, check out our previous post Party … Continue reading

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Archeology in the 21st Century

When most people think of archeology, they usually think of excavations and lab work.  But, there is another, lesser known facet of archeology that involves computers and above-ground, non-invasive technologies.  This past August, I attended a workshop offered by Brown University and the National Park … Continue reading

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More Than Just A Witch City: A Look at Life in Salem, MA

The Narbonne House is a true treasure of Salem Maritime National Historic Site, but it is often overlooked by visitors. More modest than the Derby House, the Narbonne House, located on Essex Street in Salem, MA, was built in 1675.  Multiple … Continue reading

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Party like it’s 1776: A Look at Eighteenth-Century Ceramics

With the 4th of July approaching, you are probably busy planning picnics, cookouts, and parties to celebrate the nation’s 235th birthday.  One thing these events all have in common is food.  Nowadays, disposable and reusable plates and plastic storage containers are common at … Continue reading

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