Rachel Lovett Curator & Assistant Director

14f13d3[1]Rachel Lovett Curator & Assistant Director

Rachel Lovett is our Curator and Assistant Director at the museum. Ms. Lovett served as the Executive Director of the Hanover Historical Society in Southeastern Massachusetts before coming to the Hammond-Harwood House in the summer of 2014. During her time in Hanover Ms. Lovett implemented a new strategic plan, collections management policy, and reinterpretation plan for the Society’s main museum, The Stetson House Museum & Archives.

Since her arrival at the Hammond-Harwood House she has been researching the museum’s collection of John Shaw furniture, Charles Willson Peale paintings, and Palladian architecture in America. She has lectured at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Decorative Art Trust.

Ms. Lovett holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard Museum Studies Program. During her time at Harvard, she worked as a research assistant on the Harvard Yard Archaeology Project through the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, examining early dining culture at the University. Her capstone project at Harvard explored how museums can utilize local burying grounds as a tool to explore the art, topography, and social history of a region. Ms. Lovett holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts where she was chosen as the 2010 Governor John Endicott Memorial Scholar. Her senior thesis focused on the horticultural pursuits of Massachusetts’s first Governor John Endicott. This research has been utilized by others, including Massachusetts General Hospital North Shore, which has the oldest pear tree in the country on their grounds, planted by Governor Endicott in 1632. In her spare time Ms. Lovett enjoys visiting local wineries, antique stores, and exploring small towns in Maryland & Virginia.

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