Halloween

As Halloween this way comes, Gift at the Gardner has conjured up a collection of curios to celebrate the spooky season! Isabella Stewart Gardner was fascinated with spiritualism, Gothic aesthetics and literature, and the afterlife. She was a member of William James's American Society for Psychical Research–an organization dedicated to the study and understanding of parapsychology–from 1886-1890. Mrs. Gardner corresponded with Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, and included an edition of Edgar Allen Poe's Raven in her collection. She even dabbled in palmistry and fortune telling. Enjoy our selection of sweets and supernatural sundries inspired by Mrs. Gardner's spectral studies!