Gallery Exhibit: A Quiet Witness to History-Helen Nicolay-May 27-Aug 27


  • The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens 456 Route 103A Newbury, NH, 03255 United States

Helen Nicolay (1866-1954), noted historical author and respected artist, was born in Paris, while her father, John George Nicolay, was serving there as the United States Consul. ( John Nicolay was also collaborator and friend of John Milton Hay and was assistant to President Abraham Lincoln). Helen was an only child and as a young woman, she helped her father and Hay to write their ten-volume Lincoln biography by taking dictation. Upon her Mother’s death, she became her father’s secretary and hostess, entertaining diplomats and presidents, and witnessing important events of her day. She accompanied her father on diplomatic missions to Europe and the expanding western territory of the U.S. and documented these historic trips in her paintings. She achieved modest success as an artist during her lifetime—two oils she painted of her father hang in The Lincoln Museum Collection. Don’t miss this exhibit of Helen’s work. Included with site admission.