American Lives: Timeline of American History
Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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. The event is included with regular daily admission. For admission tickets, please click here.
Guest reenactors and history performers include (program):
- 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
1940’s Style Swing Dance
Wednesday, July 3rd, 6:00 - 9:00 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. Members $10. Non-Members $20. For tickets, click here.
Old-Fashioned Field Day and Naturalization Ceremony: Thursday, July 4th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ceremony at 11:00 pm
Admission free all day thanks to support from Wilcox Industries!
Naturalization Ceremony, 11:00 am
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, 10:00 am - 2:00 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 around the museum grounds at 2 pm. Kids are invited to decorate their bikes, wagons, or hats from 10:00 am until the parade starts. Bike parade presented with assistance from:
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.
As a Blue Star Museum, Strawbery Banke admits active duty military and their families FREE. Strawbery Banke also admits veterans free.