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Beyond the Portrait: Seth & Sally Nye

May 3 @ 2:30 pm 3:30 pm

Join Nye Museum Curator, Marge Donley, as she explores the history of Seth and Sally Nye, the subjects in two of the most prominent oil paintings in the Nye Homestead Collection. Donley will also talk about the journey of these portraits and the exciting town-wide campaign that brought them back to Sandwich in 2006.

Seth Freeman Nye was an important Sandwich figure both in law and business and subsequently was one of the richest men in town during the mid-19th century. His Federal-style law office was on the corner of Grove Street and Main Street overlooking the old Sandwich Town Hall where it still stands today. He was very generous with his wealth and was once featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not for having said that no lawyer could justify a fee of $10.00.

Learn more about Seth and Sally Nye and why these portraits are such a significant part of Sandwich history.

About Marge Donley:  If you’ve visited the Nye Museum over the past thirty years, you most likely have met Marge Donley. Marge started off as a volunteer spinning wool at special events and transitioned to tour guide and now serves as our curator of collections. Donley studied at the Cape School of Art under the tutelage of the Egeli Family. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from UMASS Dartmouth. 



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