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JANUARY

DAILY through February 28, 2015
Outdoor ice skating at the Labrie Family Skate on Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Skate rentals and sharpening available. Check PuddleDockPond.org for full schedules and details.

Saturday, January 17th
Hearth Cooking Workshop in Wheelwright House
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshops (11 am to 1 pm) allow participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. At this "Winter Bounty" workshop, participants will prepare a meal of beef stew, parsnip pancakes, anadama bread, churned butter and mincemeat pie. Advance registration required. Click here for details and online ticketing.


Tuesday, January 27th POSTPONED Rescheduled to Tuesday, February 3rd. (See description below.)
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:
Savings Seeds, Harvesting History
 

 



FEBRUARY


DAILY through February 28, 2015
Outdoor ice skating at Labrie Family Skate on Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Skate rentals, sharpening. Check PuddleDockPond.org for full schedules and details.

Saturday, February 1st
Registration Opens for Strawbery Banke Museum Summer Camps!

To register: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 603-422-7541

 

Tuesday, February 3rd.
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:
Savings Seeds, Harvesting History

7:00 pm
Tyco Visitors Center

 

A tremendous amount of information is held within the confines of a seed. Each individual seed contains a unique and rich story that continues to be written today. Not only its genetic makeup and characteristic traits make a tomato taste like a tomato, but also the plant’s natural and human-selected evolution play their parts. Why are only certain varieties available from the seed companies? Why are backyard gardeners enamored with heirloom vegetables? Olivia Saunders from UNH Cooperative Extension will answer these questions while telling the story of the American seed industry. She will also review seed harvesting basics so you can become a seed saver yourself.

Olivia Saunders is a member of the UNH Cooperative Extension Fruit and Vegetable Production Team. Prior to joining extension, Olivia worked for an independently owned seed company where she grew, harvested and cleaned a wide variety of seeds for commercial production. Olivia has worked on organic vegetable farms in Maine and Vermont and continues farming in New Hampshire’s North Country by conducting on-farm vegetable research through her position with UNH Cooperative Extension. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from UNH and a Master of Science Degree from Washington State University.

This program takes place at 7pm at Strawbery Banke Museum’s Visitor Center (14 Hancock Street). Pre-registration is required. Registration is $8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This is the second program in the 2014 horticultural lecture series hosted by the Herb Society of America’s NorthEast Seacoast Unit and co-sponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum.

 

Wednesday, February 4th
Lunch & Learn: Living Waters, Living History: Investigating a 20th Century Mikveh at Puddle Dock

Alix Martin, Strawbery Banke Museum Archaeologist
12 noon - 1:00 pm. Free. Donations welcome.
TYCO Visitors Center Lecture Hall.

Over the summer of 2014, Strawbery Banke Museum archaeologists and students excavated at a house site, which oral history suggested was the location of an early 20th century mikveh (Jewish ritual bath). This presentation explores the history of Portsmouth’s Jewish immigrant community, who settled at Puddle Dock, an urban neighborhood on the Piscataqua River, around the turn of the 20th century. The first generation of Jewish immigrants entered new and unfamiliar surroundings. Bounded by the shared practice of ritual immersion, the many Jewish families in Portsmouth quickly established themselves as a vibrant community. This presentation covers the initial findings of the 2014 field school.

 

Saturday, February 7
Life & Death on the Piscataqua Symposium
10:00 am – 3:00 pm $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Price includes lunch.
Portsmouth Historic House Associates annual symposium at the St. John’s Lodge Masonic Temple, 351 Middle Street (corner of Miller Avenue and Middle Street) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The ticket price includes the day-long program of four lectures, continental breakfast and a lunch of homemade soup, bread and dessert. For reservations, call 603.436.8221.The Portsmouth Historic Sites’ 2015 “Life and Death in the Piscataqua Region” symposium includes four presentations:

 

  • Charles B. Doleac, “A 110th Anniversary Update on Portsmouth Peace Treaty & Its Legacies.” The Portsmouth Peace Treaty is recognized as an important example of citizen diplomacy in New Hampshire and world history. Since the 100th anniversary in 2005, local efforts have created Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day, a permanent historical marker, strengthened Japanese Sister City relationships, and opened the door to trilateral interest, from Russia as well as Japan. Chuck will provide an update on the legacies of the Treaty since 2005, including the Portsmouth Peace Treaty Cherry Tree Living Memorial project.
  • Patricia Wall, “No Longer Hidden: Blacks of Early Kittery and Berwick, Maine.” The author of Beyond Freedom and Child Out of Place, will share her research findings and the difficulties and pitfalls she faced in preparation for writing her soon to be published book on Africans of early Kittery and Berwick, Maine.
  • Captain Gerald Sedor, USN (Ret.) “The Squalus & Adm. Swede Momsen.” Momsen, already famous for the invention of his underwater rescue device, the Momsen lung, achieved even more fame for directing the rescue and recovery of the 33 crewmen of Squalus, which sank in May 1939 in 243 feet of water off the Isles of Shoals. Momsen received a letter of commendation from President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the successful rescue of the crewmen from the Squalus and the subsequent salvage of the submarine. After her repairs, the Squalus was renamed the USS Sailfish, and the name Squalus was never used by the U.S. Navy again.
  • Lou Ferland, Retired Chief, Portsmouth Police Department, “Crime in Portsmouth.” Captain Fernald presents some of his fascinating research on Victorian crime and punishment in Portsmouth – in costume.

 

Saturday, February 7th
Winter Night in Pitt Tavern
CANCELLED

Saturday, February 14th 
Hearth-Cooking Workshop
CANCELLED

Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshop allows participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. At this special Valentines' Day Dinner workshop participants will prepare a meal of roast chicken & stuffing, cranberry chutney, squash, Brussel’s sprouts, parsnip pancakes, churned butter, cheesecake and chocolate tart. Advance registration required. Click here for details and online ticketing.

Saturday, February 14 (Sunday & Monday CANCELLED due to the blizzard)
Winter Weekend at Strawbery Banke
10 am to 4 pm

Historic houses and grounds open, costumed role-players and traditional craftspeople share stories of winter life on Puddle Dock over the past 300 years. Skating on Puddle Dock Pond 9 am to 9 pm.

Tuesday, February 17
Lunch & Learn: “Life in Portsmouth c. 1700”
Larry Cataldo
, local historian
Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 12 noon.

Larry Cataldo’s presentation will examine the physical, social, and business environment of early Portsmouth through the end of the Queen Anne’s War in 1713. In addition, a section will discuss the three Indian wars which played havoc on Portsmouth society. As a special feature, a 1715 street map will be displayed along with an exhibit with almost thirty street names during that time that are different from today.

Wednesday, February 18
Dr. Marley R. Brown III, Research Professor of Anthropology and History at The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg VA
“The Archaeologies of the African Diaspora: Colonial Williamsburg and Beyond”
POSTPONED.

Monday, February 23 through Thursday, February 26
Come for one day or all four!
School Vacation Week Winter Workshop
9 am - 12 noon (optional add-on skating 12-1:30 pm -- rental skates available for $5)
$30 per day ($25 for members)
Recommended for grades 1-5. Aftercare is available 3-5 pm for an additional fee. To register: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 603-422-7541

 


MARCH


Tuesday, March 3rd
Lunch & Learn: “Life in Portsmouth c. 1700
Larry Cataldo
, local historian
Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 12 noon.

Larry Cataldo’s presentation will examine the physical, social, and business environment of early Portsmouth through the end of the Queen Anne’s War in 1713. In addition, a section will discuss the three Indian wars which played havoc on Portsmouth society. As a special feature, a 1715 street map will be displayed along with an exhibit with almost thirty street names during that time that are different from today.

Saturday, March 7th
"Champions on Ice" Ice Dance International Skating Show
TWO shows: 11 am and 3 pm
At the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, Strawbery Banke Museum

Saturdday, March 7th
Slow Food Seacoast "Seed to Soil" Conference
12 noon to 4 pm
Seacoast Waldrof School,  403 Maine 236, Eliot, ME.

This year's conference (download poster) will feature several round table discussions and hands-on workshops including:

  • Soil building with the whole ecosystem in mind.
  • Get a jump on Spring: seed starting indoors.
  • Seed saving tips and tricks
  • School garden strategies
  • Including art in the garden

The conference begins with a potluck lunch from 12 – 1 and features seed sharing all afternoon. Two sessions of workshops are offered: 1:00 – 2:30 and 2:30 – 4:00. $10.

Saturday, March 7th
Winter Night in Pitt Tavern
7:00 to 10:00 pm
With Tom Richter & The Sidewalk Boys. Come, meet your friends and fellow Museum members in the cozy Pitt Tavern, built in 1766 and restored to its historic atmosphere. Live traditional music, local beer and wine plus seasonal snacks. Each event sold out last year. $20 members; $25 non-members. Click here to purchase tickets on the secure Museum website. Many thanks to series sponsor Kennebunk Savings Bank.

Wednesday, March 11th
Dr. Marley R. Brown III, Research Professor of Anthropology and History at The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg VA
“The Archaeologies of the African Diaspora: Colonial Williamsburg and Beyond”
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Dr. Brown reveals the "hidden" Black History discovered and used in his 26 years as Director of Archaeological Research at Colonial Williamsburg. to inform understanding of the colonial African American experience. In the TYCO Visitors Center. FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

Saturday, March 14th  
Hearth-Cooking Workshop
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshops (11 am to 1 pm) allow participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. At this “St. Patrick’s Day” workshop participants will Prepare a meal of corned beef & cabbage, roasted root vegetables, pickled beets, mustard, soda bread, churned butter and apple pie. Advance registration required. Click here for online ticketing. $65 per person ($55 for members).

Tuesday, March 17
Lunch & Learn: “Botanical Literature Through the Ages”

Erik Wochholz, Curator of Historic Landscapes
12 noon - 1:00 pm. Free. Donations welcome. In the TYCO Visitors Center

 

 

Join Erik Wochholz as he guides you through the history of botanical literature and illustrations, from the Egyptians to the floras of today. He will highlight some of the important works and people that have defined botany through the ages, as well as explain how the study of plants evolved along with the development of literature through time.

Saturday, March 28th
Winter Night in Pitt Tavern
6:00-9:00 pm

With Liz & Dan Faiella. Come, meet your friends and fellow Museum members in the cozy Pitt Tavern, built in 1766 and restored to its historic atmosphere. Live traditional music, local beer and wine plus seasonal snacks. Each event sold out last year. Must be 21+ to attend. $20 members; $25 non-members. Click here to purchase tickets on the secure Museum website. Many thanks to series sponsor Kennebunk Savings Bank.

Saturday, March 28th
Hearth Cooking Workshop in Wheelwright House
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshops (11 am to 1 pm) allow participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. At this “Bottom of the Barrel” workshop participants will prepare a meal of bean soup, cod cakes, cabbage salad, churned butter, gingerbread and whipped cream.Advance registration required. $65 per person; $55 for members. Click here for online ticketing.

 

Tuesday, March 31
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:
The Best Flavor & Fragrance for Your Garden

7:00 pm
Tyco Visitors Center

Have you ever been confused as to which is the best mint, oregano, thyme or herbal tree to choose from the large selection of plants and seeds available to buy?  When we select plants for our garden, we hope to get premiere plants that have long growing seasons, superior flavors, unique tastes, and distinctive aromas.  It can be overwhelming to know which ones to select from the wide varieties that are available today.   Join us as nationally recognized horticulturist, Holly Shimizu, discusses the best plants to select for your gardening needs as well as how to grow them, where to place them in the garden, parts to use and season of interest.

Holly Shimizu is a nationally recognized horticulturist. She was the first Curator of the National Herb Garden at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC. and more recently, the Executive Director of the US Botanic Garden, on the National Mall, where she was responsible for all aspects of running the Garden. Throughout her career, Holly has received many awards including the prestigious Thomas Roland Medal for outstanding contributions to horticultural education from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, as well as the Professional Award for Outstanding Public Garden Director from the American Horticultural Society. She has written for numerous publications and books, and has been an international flower show judge. Holly is an Honorary Member of the Garden Club of America and has served with a range of organizations including Longwood Gardens, American Public Garden Association and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. She is dedicated to heightening an awareness and love of plants through her work.

This program takes place at 7pm at Strawbery Banke Museum’s Visitor Center (14 Hancock Street). Pre-registration is required. Registration is $8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or  email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This is the third program in the 2015 horticultural lecture series hosted by the Herb Society of America’s NorthEast Seacoast Unit and co-sponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum.

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APRIL

April 1st - 30th
N
H Archeaology Month

Saturday, April 11th
Welcome Spring! Night in Pitt Tavern
6:00 - 9:00 pm

With Jeff Warner. Come, meet your friends and fellow Museum members in the cozy Pitt Tavern, built in 1766 and restored to its historic atmosphere. Live traditional music, local beer and wine plus seasonal snacks. Each event sold out last year. Must be 21+ to attend. $20 members; $25 non-members. Click here to purchase tickets on the secure Museum website. Many thanks to series sponsor Kennebunk Savings.

Sunday, April 19
Apple Trees in Your Home Garden
10am - 12 noon

Join the Historical Landscapes Department and former horticulture teacher Dick Lutz for a "how-to" class on apple propagation, grafting, and history. Dick will give a hands-on 2 hour class about how to start your own apple trees using the heritage apple collection here at Strawbery Banke Museum. Attendees will learn what methods and tools they need for grafting apples in the home garden. Dick is a former horticulture educator and has helped restore period gardens around New England, such as the Edward Everett Estate and Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, in Vermont. Each attendee should bring a small to medium-sized, un-serrated knife with them. Enter through the Goodwin Garden gate to meet at the Victorian Greenhouse. All other materials are provided. Cost is $8 for members, $10 for non-members. To RSVP, please contact Erik Wochholz at horticulture@strawberybanke.org

 

Wednesday, April 22
History Crawl. Strawbery Banke & The Portsmouth Brewery present "Prohibition Portsmouth: Pubs, Pints and Penalties"
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Gather at The Portsmouth Brewery for an informal 'tour' of Prohibition Portsmouth with curator of historic landscapes Erik Wochholz. Ticket incudes tastings of Portsmouth Brewery beers, cider and snacks. $8 members, $10 non-members. Click here for tickets.

Saturday, April 25th (rain date Sunday, April 26th) 
Earth Day Volunteer Garden Clean Up Day at Strawbery Banke Museum
8:30am-12:30pm followed by a Slow Food Potluck lunch from 12:30-1:30
Join our inspired community of garden volunteers and help bring new life to the Historic Gardens at Strawbery Banke. Volunteers gather out on “Puddle Dock” at 8:30am for refreshments and work  assignments. Garden work begins at 9:00. Come in all weather work clothes, and bring along your favorite gardening tools, gloves and a potluck dish. A pot luck lunch and Slow Food Seacoast www.slowfoodseacoast.org heirloom seed giveaway will follow at 12:30.   RSVP Requested.  Please contact Alena Shellenbean at 603-422-7504 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
To learn more about our gardens and historic landscape programs, click here.  

Saturday, April 25th
Hearth-Cooking Workshop
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshops (11 am to 1 pm) allow participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. At this “Welcome Spring!” workshop, participants will prepare a meal of dressed macaroni (macaroni & cheese), ham, pickled vegetables, mustard, spring greens soup, churned butter, and rhubarb pie. Advance registration required. $65 per person; $55 for members. Click here for online ticketing.

Saturday, April 25th
Welcome Spring! Night in Pitt Tavern
6:00 - 9:00 pm
With Gary Fagin. Come, meet your friends and fellow Museum members in the cozy Pitt Tavern, built in 1766 and restored to its historic atmosphere. Live traditional music, local beer and wine plus seasonal snacks. Each event sold out last year. Must be 21+ to attend.  $20 members; $25 non-members. Click here to purchase tickets on the secure Museum website. Many thanks to series sponsor Kennebunk Savings.

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MAY

Friday, May 1st
Opening Day for 2015 Season!
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Come visit the museum and experience four centuries of American life in New Hampshire's oldest waterfront neighborhood. Special additions for the 2015 season: Game On! In the Pursuit of Play on Puddle Dock.

Friday, May 1st
Candlemaking Workshop: Gifts for Mother’s Day
2 sessions: 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM

Candlemaking returns to Strawbery Banke in this inaugural class being held at the Center for Heirloom Garden Crafts. Instructors Erik Wochholz and Laura Brown will lead a hands-on presentation of candle making through the four centuries of Strawbery Banke’s history, including materials and techniques available to chandlers of various time periods. While modern processes and materials will be used, attention will be paid to how these processes relate to a modern Strawbery Banke. Participants will make their own soy wax candle to take home.

Candles are 14 ounces each, poured in a 100% soy wax base. A choice of fragrances available, and participants are asked to wear an over-shirt that can get dirty. This program takes place at the Center for Heirloom Garden Crafts, Cotton Tenant South House. Please pre-register by contacting This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as space is limited.

Laura Brown, a professional chandler for 14 years, is the owner of Decaromco (“The Decorative Aroma Company”), a small New Hampshire business that brings decorative aroma products to the home fragrance and personal care industries. Other than owning her own business, Laura has a background in advertising, special event marketing and catering. She has an MBA/MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS from Vanderbilt University.

Saturday, May 9th
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Begins and ends at Puddle Dock.
Since its inception in 1982, Susan G. Komen for the Cure(r), the global leader of the breast cancer movement and the creator of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series of 5k run/walk events, has raised and invested more than $1.9 billion in the worldwide fight to eliminate breast cancer. This event is the 4th Annual New Hampshire Race for the Cure. Up to 75 percent of net funds raised from the event stays right here in Vermont-New Hampshire to support education, screening and treatment programs, and a minimum of 25 percent is contributed to Komen's national research efforts. Since the first Race in 1993, the effort has raised more than $9 million. Of that, more than $2.2 million supported the Komen Grants Program and more than $6.8 million directly benefited breast cancer education, screening and treatment in these two states. For more information on sponsorship, participation and volunteering for the event, click here or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sunday, May 10th
Mothers' Day Hearth-Cooking Workshop
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Strawbery Banke offers special  hearth cooking experiences in Wheelwright House.  The two-hour hands-on workshops (11 am to 1 pm) allow participants to learn open-hearth cooking skills as they make and enjoy a traditional menu. At this special Mother’s Day Sunday workshop, participants will prepare a meal of frittata, Chelsea buns, fruit compote, sausages, herbed lemonade, churned butter, coffee and Liberty Tea. Advance registration required. $65 per person; $55 for members. Click here for online ticketing.

Preservation Month Speaker Series
Thursday, May 7,
5:30 pm
Meghan Howey, PhD.,  Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire, presents " Sustaining Cultural Heritage at UNH”

Dr. Howey discusses the impact on cultural heritage sites at the University of NH as they expand and rehabilitate the built environment on campus.  She details how she and her students are using archaeology to contribute to both awareness of and the preservation of cultural resources at UNH, focusing on excavations at different sites on campus, including an 1800s train station and a WWI barrack site, as well as the broader challenges involved in developing a heritage management plan for campus.

Saturday, May 16 10am – 12:30 pm
Tour of 5 Portsmouth LCHIP sites with historic resource specialist Jenna Lapachinksi
LCHIP, the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, is unique to New Hampshire.  They have provided funding for brick and mortar projects across the state and city of Portsmouth, from structural stabilization to a new roof.  Projects must adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s standards for Historic Preservation and historic resource specialist Jenna Lapachinksi will explain how preservation practices achieve this mandate in functional historic buildings.  After the presentation, five of the currently funded sites will be open for tours of work in progress.  Projects managers will be on hand at Strawbery Banke’s Yeaton House, the Wentworth-Gardner House, the Warner House, the Gov. John Langdon House and the Player’s Ring (to be confirmed.)

Thursday, May 21, 5:30 pm
Peter Michaud, National Register, Preservation Tax Incentives & Easements Coordinator, and Laura Black, Special Projects & Compliance Specialist, introduce the proposed Portsmouth National Register District.

The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources has retained preservation consultants to define and survey a historic district for Portsmouth’s waterfront city center and surrounding neighborhoods.  This district will be nominated to the National Register.  Peter Michaud, National Register, Preservation Tax Incentives & Easements Coordinator, and Laura Black, Special Projects & Compliance Specialist, will introduce the National Register, the newly defined district and what it means for Portsmouth.  They will explore the importance of this designation and how Portsmouth fits in with national historic preservation efforts.  Time for questions will be provided.

Tuesday, May 26
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:
Medicinal Herbs for the Permaculture Garden

7:00 pm
Tyco Visitors Center

 

Permaculture is a method of designing sustainable, ecological systems that support humans and other forms of life.  In permaculture, we learn from nature to empower ourselves to take care of more of our own needs in responsible, close-to-home ways.  Amy Antonucci, a certified permaculture designer, will introduce some of her favorite herbs to use for health and healing.  The focus will be on simple, safe remedies from easy to grow plants.  You will learn about the properties of each plant, how to grow them, and good ways to prepare and use them.  For instance, you will learn how to make herbal infusions, about great herbs for skin care and immune support and which herbs will help your pollinator population flourish.

 

 

Amy has been studying and using herbal medicine for over 15 years with herbalists including Susan Weed, Rosemary Gladstar and Deb Soule. The plants themselves are often her best teachers.  She is the co-organizer of the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Meetup Group based in Dover NH.  Amy also keeps bees, poultry, goats and gardens at her homestead in Barrington, NH and worked in organic agriculture for over ten years. 

 

This program takes place at 7pm at Strawbery Banke Museum’s Visitor Center (14 Hancock Street). Pre-registration is required. Registration is $8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This is the fourth program in the 2014 horticultural lecture series hosted by the Herb Society of America’s NorthEast Seacoast Unit and co-sponsored by Strawbery Banke Museum.

 

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JUNE


Saturday, June 13th PROGRAM CANCELLED. (Will be rescheduled at a future date.)
Anarchist Gude to Historic House Museums Workshop with Franklin Vagnone, Executive Director, Historic House Trust of NYC
Strawbery Banke Museum and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire (NSCDA) welcome Franklin Vagnone for a conversation exploring better practices for rethinking historic house museum relevance through engagement. $55 for NSCDA and Strawbery Banke members; $75 non-members. Ticket includes lunch.

Opening Sunday, June 14; thru July 31, 2015
EXHIBIT: Patrick Healey: Painting the Banke, 1991-2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily Opening reception 2:00-4:00 pm
Muriel Howells Lecture Hall, TYCO Visitor Center. Free.

This is Patrick’s second formal exhibit at Strawbery Banke Museum, a favorite subject. Nationally known, with solo or group exhibitions in the Time Life Building in Chicago, Whistler House Museum in Lowell, Elliot House Gallery at Harvard and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, he hosted a retrospective at The Music Hall, “"Patrick Healey Painting and Drawing Twenty-Five Years" in 2004. For more information and a gallery of painting images, visit www.pathealey.com

Archaeology Field School
Session 1: June 15 – June 26
Session 2: June 29 – July 10; Monday-Friday
$400 per person ($350 for Strawbery Banke members) per session
Limited to 12 participants per session
This summer’s field school will focus on recovering archaeological resources surrounding the historic Yeaton-Walsh House in advance of the house’s rehabilitation as part of the Heritage House Program.  Students will be trained in proper archaeological techniques and will learn to identify historic artifacts. Day trips, museum tours by experts, and required readings on Historical Archaeology will introduce students to various areas of historic specialization. Students will also work in the Carter Collections Center laboratory to gain experience in processing artifacts. This field school places a special emphasis on public interpretation. Students will interact with museum visitors daily, and will be expected to offer interpretation of the site and our excavation activity. To register, contact Strawbery Banke archaeologist and field school instructor Alexandra Martin at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (phone: 603-422-7521)

Wednesday, June 17th
History Crawl aboard the gundalow Piscataqua
6-8 pm
Bring a favorite beverage and a picnic dinner for this evening cruise on the gundalow.  David “Lou” Ferland, retired Portsmouth Police Chief, will share stories about the history of Portsmouth’s waterfront, and will invite us for traditional toasts along the way!  A sail on this historic ship is a great way to learn about the maritime history of the region from the best vantage point the city has to offer.  PLUS all guests will receive a Sail Pass ($30 value) for a free sail on a future date!  Tickets are $23/person or $18 for SBM members.  Free parking for this event is available at Strawbery Banke; please meet at the dock, in Prescott Park, 10 minutes before departure time. For tickets, click here.

Sunday, June 21st
New Hampshire's Birthday! FREE to NH residents
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Celebrate New Hampshire history by remembering 400 years of American history in this Portsmouth waterfront neighborhood. June 21 is New Hampshire's Birthday. NH residents receive free admission (ID required.)

Wednesday, June 24th
General Admission 6:30 - 10:00 pm

VIP Admission 5:30 - 10:00 pm
Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation
For information and tickets, click here.

Saturday, June 27th
Bring Back the Rink! Jumbo Circus Peanuts Concert & Live Auction
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Join us under the tent on the lawn where Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond hopes to return in December -- for live music by The Amazing  Jumbo Circus Peanuts and an exciting live auction! All proceeds will benefit the fundraising campaign to Bring Back the Rink. Come on out, bring the family and celebrate ice skating in Portsmouth, NH next winter! In addition to the musical performance, support the live auction with fantastic prizes including a Bic Dura Tec standup paddle board, 4 Red Sox tickets, getaway and spa package at Wentworth By the Sea Hotel. Tickets $10 for adults, $5 children 5-17 and $25 for families (2 adults.2 children). For tickets, click here.

 

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JULY


Friday, July 3rd
6:00 - 9:00 pm
An American Celebration Swing Dance
Fourth of July fun at Strawbery Banke begins on Friday night July 3rd with a 1940s style swing dance from 7 to 9 pm under the tent on the museum lawn. Dance lessons at 6pm. Jump, jive and swing to the music of the Bedford Big Band and view the Portsmouth fireworks from Strawbery Banke. Tickets are $20. Click here to purchase.

Saturday, July 4th
Museum open 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children's activities 10 am - 2 pm
US Naturalization Ceremony, 11 am
Gov Maggie Hassan reads the Declaration of Independence, 1:30 pm
An American Celebration!
A real old-fashioned fabulous 4th of July! Complete with children’s bike and wagon parade (1:45 pm, decorate 10:00am-1:30pm). Old-Fashioned Field Day for families with traditional games and crafts, historic garden tours, living history, hands-on activities, food and fun for all. Regular admission for adults. Children under 17 FREE thanks to a donation from BAE Systems. Veterans free, all day. Active duty military and their families free at all times through the Blue Star Museum program.

Tuesday, July 7th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace: with Liz & Dan Faiella
FREE outdoor concert of acoustic music each Tuesday evening, overlooking the lush lawn of Puddle Dock. Food, beer and wine for sale. Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.

Tuesday, July 14th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace: with The Sidewalk Boys
FREE outdoor concert of acoustic music each Tuesday evening, overlooking the lush lawn of Puddle Dock. Food, beer and wine for sale. Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.

Sunday, July 19th
12 noon - 4:00 pm
Sue Thoresen reads from The Yoyo and The Piggy Bank
FREE. Join local author Sue Thoresen and illustrator Keith Eveland at Strawbery Banke on Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 12pm – 4pm for the launch of her new children’s book The Yoyo and the Piggy Bank. This engaging children’s book (ages 5-9) follows the adventures of Anna as she saves up to buy the yoyo she has set her heart on and learns about setting and reaching goals while having fun. Come learn yoyo tricks and coin games! Sue reads from her book at 1:00 and 3:00 in Tyco Visitors Center with signings by both Sue and illustrator Keith Eveland immediately following.Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQNbN3HxK2Y

Tuesday, July 21st
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace: with Great Bay Sailors
FREE outdoor concert of acoustic music each Tuesday evening, overlooking the lush lawn of Puddle Dock. Food, beer and wine for sale. Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.

Tuesday, July28th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace: with Gary Sredziesnki
FREE outdoor concert of acoustic music each Tuesday evening, overlooking the lush lawn of Puddle Dock. Food, beer and wine for sale. Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.

Wednesday, July 29
Herb Society of America Northeast Seacoast Unit
Flora's Holiday
7:00 pm
Tyco Visitors Center

Join us for Living Myth’s Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlin’s production of Flora’s Holiday, a story and music excursion into the multicultural tales that surround trees, flowers and herbs. The centerpiece of the performance: Nightingale and Rose follows the journey of the Rose through the ages, weaving unusual and heartfelt myths from Persia and Greece with anecdotal tales of those who loved and nurtured the flower.  The performance also features a rich harp medley of flower related tunes from around the world. See favorite garden plants revealed in a delightful new way. Expect to laugh, to be moved, to leave your cares behind. This family friendly program is suitable for children ages six and up.

Diane and Margot have been featured on NPR and at storytelling festivals, coffeehouses, theaters, and garden clubs. Diane is known for her unique style of storytelling, where she embodies the various characters and scenes in a tale, bringing each moment alive. For this she has won the first national Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast. Margot Chamberlain’s versatile approach to harp and song brings an underlying poetic weave to support each tale.

This program takes place at 7pm at the Tyco Visitors Center (14 Hancock Street). If the weather is nice, we will hold the event outside. Bring a blanket or chair! Admission is $8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). Children are free. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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AUGUST


Tuesday, August 4th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace with Gary Fagin and Friends
Live music on the lawn next to the Tyoc Visitors Center. Enjoy food, beer, wine and other beverages available at the cafe in the visitor center while listening to the free concert, sponsored by a friend of the Museum and Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.

 Tuesday, August 11th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace
FREE outdoor concert of acoustic music each Tuesday evening, overlooking the lush lawn of Puddle Dock. Food, beer and wine for sale. Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.

 Tuesday, August 18th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace
FREE outdoor concert of acoustic music each Tuesday evening, overlooking the lush lawn of Puddle Dock. Food, beer and wine for sale. Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.

Tuesday, August 25th
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays on the Terrace: with Liz & Dan Faiella
FREE outdoor concert of acoustic music each Tuesday evening, overlooking the lush lawn of Puddle Dock. Food, beer and wine for sale. Sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.


SEPTEMBER


Saturday, September 12th
VIP 4:00-7 pm (VIP tent 5-7 pm). General admission 5:00-7:00 pm
VIP $120. General admission $65 ($20 discount for Members)
Vintage & Vine:

Fine Wine & Food Festival and Silent Auction to Benefit Strawbery Banke Museum

This gourmet tour of fine wine and gourmet selections prepared by 30+ of the Seacoast's best chefs and restaurants benefits Strawbery Banke Museum. The event takes place 4-7 pm in the museum's gardens and historic houses with five Star Chefs grilling their specialties, live music, silent auction and a festive bonfire. The VIP Reserve tasting (4-7, special ticket required) offers rare vintages. Discounted wine sales on site. Suggest comfortable shoes. Member discount tickets available for the 3 levels. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Note: Museum offers guided 90-minute tours today. First tour starts at 10 am. Last tour starts at 1:30 pm. Discounted museum admission of $10 per adult. $5 child (5-17) under 5 free. Family $25 (2 adults and all accompanying children).

Saturday, September 19th 
VIP 4:00 - 7:30 pm. General admission, 5:00 - 7:30 pm
For ticket information, click here. VIP tickets are SOLD OUT.

Passport - A Craft Beer & Culinary World Tour in Collaboration with NHPTV

An evening of delicious tastings at New Hampshire's premiere craft beer and food pairing event at the Seacoast’s beautiful and historic Strawbery Banke Museum! Sample a wide array of regional craft beers  paired with local culinary creations with an international flair. Your Passport world tour includes learning about leading ale and lager styles and meeting the brewers. Strawbery Banke Museum's cooper will demonstrate the traditional craft of barrel making. Must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets available at NHPTV.org  Note: Museum offers guided 90-minute tours today. First tour starts at 10 am. Last tour starts at 1:30 pm. Discounted museum admission of $10 per adult. $5 child (5-17) under 5 free. Family $25 (2 adults and all accompanying children).

Saturday & Sunday, September 26th & 27th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
both days (Rain or shine)
Portsmouth Fairy House Tour

The 11th annual event takes place in Portsmouth's historic South End on the grounds of the Governor John Langdon House, Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park and Peirce Island. More than 200 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists, garden clubs club members, businesses, families and local school children will be on display, including 10 select fairy houses build by creative professionals and judged by a panel of three judges, including Fairy Houses Series® Author/ Illustrator Tracy Kane.

 Tracy Kane, the Fairy Houses Series® author and illustrator is on hand both days of the Tour to greet ticket holders and sign autographs. In addition, visitors can expect to see performances by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater and the NH Theatre Project.

Tickets go on sale this summer. Advanced tickets are $25 per family, $12 per adult, $8.00 per senior and $4.00 per child ages 3-12. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $15.00 per adult, $10.00 per senior, and $5.00 per child ages 3-12 and $30 family (two adult/ two children or one adult/four children). Proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations. For more information, to purchase tickets or to register to build a house, please click here

Tuesday, September 29
7:00 pm
Herb Society of America NorthEast Seacoast Unit Program:

Exploring Victory Gardens: How a Nation of Vegetable Growers Helped to Win the War

 

During World War II, as part of the war effort, posters encouraged patriotic Americans to “Grow vitamins at your kitchen door” and “Eat what you can, and can what you cannot eat.” In fact, Americans needed to supplement their diets during a time of food rationing and shortages. Nearly 20 million gardeners answered the call, including many who had never wielded a hoe. Victory gardeners learned to prepare soil in beds, grow seedlings, control weeds, irrigate, and eliminate pests—raising successful crops for the duration of the war years. Join us as we explore the role of 1940s vegetable gardens, ration-book cookery, and food preservation in wartime victory. The program will include a lecture and slide show, taste-testing of foods made from period recipes, demonstration of hay box cookery, viewing of original film footage of victory gardens, and time for questions and discussion.

 

Judith Sumner has taught extensively at the college level and at various botanical gardens including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods, the botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts. She is the author of several books including The Natural History of Medicinal Plants and American Household Botany: A History of Useful Plants 1620 -1900 as well as numerous scientific publications. In 2007, she received the Herb Society of America’s Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature.

 

This program takes place at 7pm at the Tyco Visitors Center (14 Hancock Street). Admission is $8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 


OCTOBER


Saturday, October 10th
10:00 am–5:00 pm
New Hampshire Fall Festival
Celebrate harvest time with Strawbery Banke’s fourth annual New Hampshire Fall Festival. Experience a traditional New England country fair complete with demonstrations from craftspeople, heritage breed and farm animal exhibits, farm animal and livestock demonstrations, special autumn activities in the Children’s Garden, presentations on heirloom seeds and food preservation tips, fiber arts, demonstrations and exhibits on historic crafts and industries, coopering, harvest-themed crafts in the Family Discovery Center, garden tours and demonstrations. Two Incredible Festivals in One - the Prescott Park Chili Cook-Off will again be held in conjunction with Strawbery Banke Museum's New Hampshire Fall Festival.

Friday and Saturday, October 30th & 31st
6:00-8:00 pm
Ghosts on the Banke
$8 per person. Children 1 year or younger, free.  Members, half-price (or according to their Membership Levels).
Come and meet the Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke’s famous Halloween celebration. Long-dead sea captains, 17th century shopkeepers and wayward pirates haunt the streets of Portsmouth’s oldest neighborhood as you trick or treat safely from house to historic house. Tickets available at the door.

  • Trick-or-Treat Safely -- Jack-O-Lanterns light the way as you step over the threshold of time and
    meet the "Ghosts on the Banke." Discover pirate treasure, visit with the
    wacky witch, look into the future with guidance from our gypsy fortune
    teller.
  • Catch a Ghostly Tale -- Community members bring history back to life with spooky plays, skits,
    and interactive improvisation throughout the evening.
  • Show off Your Costume -- March in our New Orleans style parade past haunted houses of old and
    down ghostly lanes full of things that go bump in the night.
  • Light up the Night -- Warm your Weary bones by the bonfire.
  • Pickwick's at the Banke -- decorated for Halloween, with all sorts of magic happening.

 

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NOVEMBER


Saturdays & Sundays, November 1, 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 plus Friday November 27
Guided Tours

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Guided tours of four historic houses at Strawbery Banke Museum.
Adults $15, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free.

Tuesdays, November TBD
5:30-6:30 pm
Native American Heritage Month Speaker Series

 

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 DECEMBER


DAILY through February 29, 2016 (except closed Christmas Day and closing at 4 pm on Christmas Eve)
9:00 am to 9:00 pm For detailed schedule of available ice time, click here.
Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond
$7 for adults. Kids 5-17, $5. Under 5, free. Discount for members. Ice skate rentals, $5.

Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Saturdays from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm & Sundays from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
36th Annual Candlelight Stroll
$25 for adults. Kids 5-17: $12.50. Kids under 5: FREE. Family rate (2 adults and your children ages 17 and under): $60. Corporate and group rates available. Tickets purchased by November 30, 2016 are $2 off.

December 26-31
10:00 am-2:00 pm
Guided Holiday House Tours
Adults $15, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free.

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