The 1630 Society is composed of a group of donors who demonstrate the highest levels of leadership and support to the Museum through their philanthropic generosity.

Strawbery Banke Museum created The 1630 Society in anticipation of the 400th anniversary of the city’s settlement, in honor of the moment that citizens chose to establish a permanent presence on the banks of the Piscataqua River in 1630.

Just as the museum sustains the stories of those who continue to form this ‘neighborhood of newcomers’ as a legacy for the city’s future, The 1630 Society sustains the museum as:

A place to learn
A place to gather
A place to preserve.


$25,000+ Visionaries
$10,000 - $24,999 Founders
$5,000 - $9,999 Benefactors
$1,000 - $4,999 Patrons

Donations to Strawbery Banke support every aspect of the museum — collections and exhibits, research, conservation, school programs, summer camps, lectures, workshops, stewardship of historic buildings, care of the museum’s gardens and, most importantly the preservation of the history of this waterfront neighborhood over 300+ years.

Unrestricted annual fund gifts provide a crucial bridge between admissions and program revenue and the actual cost of running the Museum, offering relief to the operating budget and directly benefitting the visitor experience. Most importantly, unrestricted gifts, regardless of the size, allow the Board to respond to the

Museum’s most pressing financial concerns and provide the flexibility to seize unique and important opportunities.

To become a member of The 1630 Society please contact Joe April, Director of Development, japril AT or 603.422.7551.

For a downloadable PDF of The 1630 Society brochure, please click here.