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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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95 s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e B IN OUR OWN BACKYARD S T E V E M A A S writer if you want to dig for a treasure, there are few places better to head than a museum. With so many objects on display or in storage, it could easi- ly be overlooked. We asked curators of Weston and Wellesley museums and historical societies to clue us in on their favorite unheralded artifacts. Who knew that in our midst is a dress entirely made of postage stamps, a long-forgotten English portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds and a cache of war stories by local Doughboys. And that's just for starters. GAMBLING ON "THE GREEN LADY" DAVIS MUSEUM, WELLESLEY COLLEGE 106 CENTRAL STREET, WELLESLEY 781.283.2051 or HTTP://DMS.WELLESLEY.EDU They had called her "The Green Lady." For decades she had sat in storage at Wellesley College's Davis Museum awaiting possible conser- vation treatment, her varnish discolored, a hole in her wrist, her frame shedding gilding, and a corner stuffed with newspaper. Next fall, you'll see her restored to her aristocratic splendor. The painting is by the 18th-century artist Sir Joshua Reynolds, who in addition to ushering in a golden age of British portraiture, founded the Royal Academy of Art in London.

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