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 Clara Endicott Sears

Clara Endicott Sears

Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 25 Mar 1960 (aged 96)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 14200058 · View Source
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Historian and Preservationist. Born to Boston Brahmin parents, Sears early in her life showed an intellectual and artisitic curiosity that would lead her to write several books on early New England history and art, most especially the history of the Shakers and the Transcendentalists. In 1910, she built a home on Prospect Hill in Harvard, Mass., and was fascinated to learn the property had once hosted Bronson Alcott's Transcendentalist utopian community Fruitlands. By 1914 she had established one of America's first outdoor museums, Fruitlands, themed to the Transcendalists. She was later invited by the last surviving Shakers to help preserve the history of their sect and added the first-in the-nation Shaker museum to the Fruitlands site. Subsequent additions included a Native American museum and an art museum devoted to the Hudson River school of artists.

Bio by: Bob on Gallows Hill


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  • Originally Created by: Bob on Gallows Hill
  • Added: 7 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14200058
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clara Endicott Sears (16 Dec 1863–25 Mar 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14200058, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .