GROTON -- Groton School's de Menil Gallery presents "The Commonwealth's Attic: Curious Treasures from the Massachusetts Historical Society" through March 4.
The winter exhibition at the de Menil Gallery contains more than 50 rarely-displayed treasures, from the Society's collections. The items are as varied as birds shot by Theodore Roosevelt on vacation in the Adirondacks, tea allegedly gathered from the shore of Dorchester Neck after the Boston Tea Party, an elmwood burl bowl removed from King Philip's (Metacom's) tent after he was slain in 1676, a cane made from a charred timber of the White House after it was burned by the British in the War of 1812, and bullets fired in the Boston Massacre.
Peter Drummey, Stephen T. Riley Librarian of the Massachusetts Historical Society, will deliver a gallery talk about the exhibition on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:15 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
The de Menil Gallery is located at Groton School, 282 Farmers Row, Groton. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Closed February 8 -11, 2013. Admission is always free.