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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 13, 2011 Page 7 byJ-Iilda M. Morrill Former Nichols House Museum Board chair Keith Stone and Catherine Anchutz enjoy the Gala Dinner at the Massachusetts State House. (Photo by Roger Farrington) The Nichols House Mu- seum is celebrating the 50 m anm'versary of its found- ing in 1961. As a part of its Golden Jubilee Year, the museum has" planned an array of events. The festivities began with a Gala Dinner at the Mas- sachlasetts State House ear-' lier this year. Therese Min- ton and Greg Van Boven were co-chairs with Jane and Jeffrey Marshall as the honorary chairs. Planned for the months ahead is a series of lectures inspired by the interests of Rose Standish Nichols, who established the museum in her will. Also planned is the publication of an entertain- ing and insightful book about Rose Nichols and her family. The year-long celebration will underscore Rose Stand- ish Nichols's vision in estab- lishing the museum as a place where people might get an intimate glimpse into the domestic history of a typical Beacon Hill family at the turn of the last century. The year will also focus on the future ol the museum as a historic anchor and inte- gral part of the Beacon Hill community. Rose Standish Nichols was an exceptional woman -- landscape architect, author, suffragist, art enthusiast, and avid traveler. The long- time Beacon Hill resident was distinguished by her in- dependence and intelligence. Born in 1872 to Dr. Arthur Nichols and his wife Eliza- beth, Miss Nichols became the sole heir "after her par- ents' death in the late 1920s of what is now the Nichols Waltham ] Orchestra j Join us for a memorable evening complete with a full-course Italian Dinner and wonderful music by great Italian composers FEATURING SOLOISTS Diana McVey, Soprano Ray Bauwens, Tenor Celebrating the works of Vincenzo Bellini Eduardo di Capua * Pietro Mascagni Amilcare Ponchielli - Giacomo Puccini Gioachino Rossini - Giuseppe Verdi Thursday, May 19, 2011 Westin Hotel 70 Third Avenue - Waltham, Massachusetts Cocktails 6:00 pm - Dinner and Concert 7:00 pm $70 per person $650 table of ten To purchase tickets, sponsor this special event or for more information, visit or call Sally Collura at: 781-838-1130 Nichols House Museum Board chair David Beck, left, and Gala Dinner co-chair Greg Van Boven smile for the camera. (Photo by Roger Farrington) House Museum at 55 Mount Vernon Street. When women had few options except to marry and raise a family, Miss Nichols chose to do neither. She instead supported herself as a garden designer, trav- eling across the United States and through most of Europe learning and perfect- ing her craft. She believed in the universalizing power of gardening. Miss Nichols, a dedicated pacifist, thought that a shared passion for gar- dens could be used to better international relations. She also published three well- received books on historical gardens in England, Italy, Spain and Portugal, as well as numerous articles on gar- den history and criticism, making quite the name for herself during her lifetime. Named a part of the Bea- con Hill National Historic Landmark district in 1966, the Museum maintains its original furnishings, and has made every effort to preserve the house as it was in the early 1900s. For more info, call 617-227- 6993 or visit www.nichols ....... A benefit honoring the life of Eleanor Roosevelt will be held at Brookline's Coolidge Corner Theatre on Sunday, May 15 th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be sponsored by Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt, a non-profit organization dedicated to renewing the commitment to preserve Roosevelt's legacy as an activist for social jus- tice, human rights, democ- racy, and civic responsibility. Chobee Hoy, Brookline civic leader and philanthro- pist, and Jackie Scott, Presi- dent of Wheelock College, will be awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt "Following in her Footstep Award" for their dedication to community service and their life's work carrying on Roosevelt's legacy. Kathryn Dietz, co-producer of WGBH's American Experi- ence Series: Eleanor Roose- velt, will be producing a film to document the occasion. Special guest Jane Alexan- der, a noted actress and long-time supporter of the Nichols House Museum Gala Dinner honorary chairs Jane and Jeffrey Marshall. (Photo by Roger Farrington) organization, will be the spe- cial guest for the evening. "I am beyond honored to receive an award inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt, one of my lifelong heroes. What's even better is that the Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt founda- tion will raise money for (Continued on Page 13) Gala Dinner co-chair Therese Minton, guest speaker June Hutchinson and Nichols House Museum executive direc- tor Flavia Cigliano, left to right, at the Massachusetts State House. (Photo by Roger Farrington) LUCIA RISTORANTE & BAR Traditional Italian Cuisine Donato Fraffaroli 415 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 617.367.2353 -- Open for Lunch and Dinner Daily -- Private dining rooms for any occasion