Mary Curtis

Mary Curtis
Mary Curtis
Mary Curtis

Mary Curtis, the older daughter of Alfred and Helen Curtis, was born on February 17, 1907 in Concord, Massachusetts. She was educated there, in Paris and Boston. Mary and Horatio were introduced by Stedman Buttrick, a resident of Concord and long-time friend of Horatio’s since they attended school at Exeter Academy. In the early 1940’s Mary opened a gift and accessory store in the center of Concord, which she continued to be associated with for the rest of her life, although she gave up management of it after her marriage. Mary and Horatio married in 1946 after which they divided their time between Boston, Keene and Concord, as well as spending considerable time traveling around the world. Mary’s family had been active in the art world, including her uncle, Francis Gardner Curtis, who was on the curatorial staff of the Asian Department of the Museum of Fine arts in Boston; great granduncles Horatio Greenough and Richardson Saltonstall Greenough , both sculptors; and her father’s cousin, Isabella Stewart Gardner. Much of the decorative art in the Horatio Colony House Museum came from Mary’s family. Mary died June 13, 1969 and is buried in Keene.