AMERICAN LIVES: A TIMELINE OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Saturday, June 27, 2020, 10 am - 5 pm
Event is included with regular admission; Members free
PLEASE NOTE: As a Blue Star Museum, Strawbery Banke admits active duty military and their families free. Strawbery Banke also admits veterans free.
Start a week-long celebration of American heritage by meeting the widest range of historic interpretation presented anywhere. Dozens of costumed re-enactors and living history performers, presenting American history from 1602 to 1945, join the museum's roleplayers for interactions all day long across the campus.
GUEST REENACTORS & HISTORY PERFORMERS AT PAST AMERICAN LIVES:
- Strange and Farre, early North American settlers in the year 1602
- Crew of the Raven, maritime history & the lifestyle of sailors, 1620
- Salem Trayned Band, 17th Century pike and shot weaponry, 1637
- 42nd Regiment of Foot, French and Indian War soldiers, 1756
- Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People, Native American culture and arts in the year 1750
- His Majesty's Tenth Regiment of Foot, Infantry unit of the British Army during the Revolution, 1775
- Dr. Jackson, Portsmouth’s physician making 18th C. Medicine, 1786
- The Federal Ladies, demonstrating women’s life in 1798
- Oney Judge Staines, describing colonial slavery from the year 1845
- Kearsarge Afterguard, Federal Civil War Navy, 1860's
- Corbin’s Battery, early Civil War mountain howitzer battery, 1861
- NE Woman Suffrage Association: Puddle Dock Chapter, portraying Woman Suffrage, 1916
- Bessie Coleman, an African American aviator from the 1920s
- Mack Fire Truck Jack and Bella show off their 1930 pumper
- Pine Tree Chapter Model As, Model A Ford autos from the 1930s
- Vintage Express, women supporting the WWII war effort
TICKET COST + INFORMATION: Event is included with regular admission; Strawbery Banke Members free.
1940's STYLE SWING DANCE
Friday, July 3, 2020, 6 - 9 pm
Jump, jive and swing to the music of the Beantown Swing Orchestra at a 1940s-style swing dance. Dance Lessons (free instruction with a ticket to the dance) start at 6:00 pm and the band boogies from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Then watch the Portsmouth fireworks display from the vantage point of Strawbery Banke.
TICKET COST + INFORMATION:
- Strawbery Banke Members: 50% off
- Non-members: $20.00
- Military, Miltary families, & Veterans: free*
*Tickets available at the door.
To purchase tickets in advance, please click here.
AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION
Saturday, July 4, 2020, 10 am - 2 pm
- US NATURALIZATION CEREMONY (11 am - 12 pm): Celebrate America by welcoming new citizens at the US Naturalization Ceremony. A Museum favorite, come feel reinvigorated by the joy and patriotism shared by those who make their own special day on their new nation’s birthday.
- OLD-FASHIONED FIELD DAY (10 am - 2 pm): Learn games played throughout the centuries as part of Strawbery Banke’s Old Fashioned Field Day. Visitors are invited to play a round of croquet, test their skill at marbles, have fun with hula hoops, and collect ribbons at 10 different games all over the museum grounds.
- PATRIOTIC PARADE (2 pm): Kids are invited to decorate their bikes, wagons, or hats from 10:00 am until the parade around the museum grounds starts at 2 pm.
The Museum is open daily, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. During a visit families enjoy:
- Furnished houses representing 300+ years of history
- Costumed role-players
- Victorian Fairy Houses
- Guided garden tours
- Demonstrations of weaving, colonial hearth-cooking, basket weaving, and more.
- Enjoy refreshments at Figtree Café at Strawbery Banke, and a delightful shopping experience for adults and kids at Pickwick’s at the Banke.