Welcome to "Lifting the
Veil" History Room at the Somerville Museum, Somerville, Massachusetts
depicting convent artifacts in the History Room.
convent's bell that called that community to prayer and to daily
from David Claypoole Johnston's Scraps 1835, satirized
anti-catholic views of the time.
convent captivity narratives were best sellers in the 19th
woodcut from Harry Hazel's 1845 Nun of St. Ursula, used
on the cover of Fire and Roses.
1854 view of Somerville, Massachusetts from the ruins of the
The pointing finger, when spun by the viewer, proposes multiple causes for the violence that erupted in the burning of the Ursuline convent, suggesting the role of interpretation in understanding historical events. The Wheel of History was created for the exhibition by Nancy
Natale, with textual assistance from Shawn Hill and Nancy Schultz.