See the Holiday Décor at Nichols House Museum

December 10, 2013

The Nichols House Museum, located at 55 Mount Vernon St., invites you to tour the festively decorated museum free of charge on Fridays, Dec. 13 and 20, from noon to 4 p.m. This year’s theme celebrates Marian Clarke Nichols’ political activism during the Progressive Era, revolving around her and her sisters’ involvement in the Women’s Suffrage movement.

Marian Nichols (1874-1963) was the quiet yet independent middle sister of the Nichols family. Her elder sister, Rose, was a garden architect and founded the Nichols House Museum, while her younger sister Margaret was an accomplished, competitive tennis player who later married renowned landscape architect Arthur Shurcliff (The Esplanade). Marian graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1899, and focused her social activism by voicing the needs of women and the working class. She ran for office in 1920, but lost to her male opponent. She also was one of the founders of the Beacon Hill Civic Association in 1921.

Accordingly, this year’s holiday decorations at the Nichols House Museum celebrate Marian’s 1920 political aspirations, with the dining room table set for a family dinner where her political run was, without doubt, discussed in great length. The décor throughout the home reflects the holiday season and the historic work Marian accomplished at the turn of the twentieth century.

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