Two hundred years ago, coastal Massachusetts was the richest corner of the nation, thanks to the tea, spices, porcelain, silk, and other luxury goods that daring local shipmasters brought back from East Asia.
The early nineteenth-century China Trade merchants of Massachusetts included the new nation’s first millionaires. Many Boston-area institutions, from MacLean Hospital and the Museum of Fine Arts to Theodore Lyman’s Waltham estate, were built in part with China Trade wealth.
Learn about the impact and influence of the China Trade in Massachusetts in this lecture with author Doug Stewart, a frequent contributor to Smithsonian Magazine.
Cosponsored with the Waltham Historical Society.
$5 Historic New England and Waltham Historical Society members
Registration is recommended. Waltham Historical Society members must call to register. Please call 617-994-5912 or buy online.