Thank you to our Day of Caring Volunteers from Measured Progress in Dover! On Wednesday September 11, 2013, as part of the United Way Day of Caring, six volunteers (two not pictured) did a terrific job of helping us to paint our front fence a brilliant white, and to prune and weed in the garden. The volunteers joined the members of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire, owners and operators of the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, for lunch as the Society members gathered on the same day for their September membership meeting. The museum and the Society wish to thank these wonderful volunteers for all of their help, and Liz Hoefler, our Garden Chairman, for directing the volunteers and working side by side with them for the entire day!!
Historic Preservation Focus of Tour for Local Students
All historic house museums work hard to preserve their buildings and collections, but the timing of the work that is done, means that it isn't always possible to share the process with the public. Recently the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden hosted students from the Mary C. Dondero School in Portsmouth, and those students had a rare treat. Specialists from Preservation Timber Framing of Berwick, Maine, were hard at work on the decorative trim for the windows on the house. Students had a chance to hear David Ford talk about the process, show the suits that the workers have to wear when they are removing paint, and see the pediments that are being conserved. Staff then showed the students through the house, and let them see some of the work that is being done from the inside, including the remains of several early newspapers and a letter that were found in a mouse or squirrel nest that was found under one of the window headers on the third floor.
Historic Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden to Highlight 250th Birthday of the House, Sat. June 1, 2013 at the OUR Old House Festival
Come experience the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden's celebration of the 250th birthday of the house at the OUR Old House Festivalon Saturday June 1, 2013, from 12:30-4:30PM on the grounds of the museum at 154 Market Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Staff, volunteers, costumed interpreters, reenactors, and area experts will share workshops, demonstrations, and presentations throughout the house, garden, and warehouse covering a wide range of subjects related to the history of the house. Topics will include timber framing, window restoration, cabinetmaking, weaving, cooking, dining, caring for the museum's historic trees, stories of objects from Portsmouth's past, and more. This year we welcome members of the 10th Regiment of Foot, a re-created unit of the British Army, reenacting the lives of soldiers serving in the colonies in the years leading up to the Revolution, when the inhabitants of the Moffatt-Ladd House -- including signer of the Declaration of Independence, William Whipple -- were still British subjects, but were becoming increasingly active in the Patriot cause.
Family and children's activities, including making marbled paper, writing with a quill pen, face painting, fish printing, and mural painting will be ongoing throughout the Festival. Members of the museum's garden committee will be selling heirloom plants taken directly from the Moffatt-Ladd House's extensive colonial revival garden. The Festival culminates with a free concert in the 18th century Moffatt-Ladd Warehouse at 4:45PM -- Jeff Warner performing "Songs of Old New Hampshire." The concert is made possible through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The Festival and Concert are free and open to the public.
Parking is available just steps away from the museum in the High-Hanover Street Garage, where the hourly fee to park is still just 75 cents -- with the FIRST HOUR of parking now FREE.
The Festival is made possible by our generous sponsors: EPort Wood Products; People's United Bank; Treehouse Toys; Aland Realty Group; Granite State Minerals; Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown; Piscataqua Savings Bank; Preservation Timber Framing; Boynton, Waldron, Doleac, Woodman, and Scott, PA; Ed Weissman Antiquarian; A & M Paint and Wallpaper; Atlantic Meida; Rocci Lumber,;Springer's Jewelers; and Izzy's Premium Frozen Yogurt.
The Our Old House Festival is part of the Live Free and Play Seacoast Attractions Summer Kick-Off Weekend, May 31 through June 2. Be part of the celebration as Portsmouth and the NH Seacoast come alive for the summer season with a variety of discounts, offers, tours, activities, and festivals.
Portsmouth Historic House Association Presents "Life and Death in the Piscataqua Region" 9th Annual Winter Symposium on March 9, 2013
The event is scheduled for 10am to 3pm at the St. John's Lodge Masonic Temple, 351 Middle Street (corner of Miller Avenue and Middle Street) in Portsmouth, NH. Tickets reserved in advance are $10; ($15 at the door the day of the event) 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 or 603-430-7968
The symposium includes four presentations:
* "The Virgin Soil Epidemic of 1616-19 and Its Impact on Native Americans" by David Stewart-Smith, Ph.D., Union Institute Graduate School, historian for the New Hampshire Tribal Council, past professor of history and cultural studies, Vermont College of Norwich University
* "Mayhem in Portsmouth: Attacks on Ursula Cutt and Mary Brewster" by Sandra Rux, curator of the John Paul Jones House Museum that will host the 2013 exhibit, "First Nations Diplomacy Opens the Portsmouth Door: 300th Anniversary of the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth"
* "Rebuilding the White Island Walkway" by Tom Mansfield, NH Division of Resources & Economic Development architect and Bruce Parsons.
* "The Kearsarge Fire Engine" by Steve Achilles, with an exhibit of the under -restoration engine, weather permitting.
The annual event, a fundraiser for the Portsmouth Historic Houses Association, will also include raffle baskets and the sale of additinal items from the PHHA members. Historic New England and the Gov John Langdon, Jackson and Rundlet-May House, Strawbery Banke Museum, the John Paul Jones House Museum, the Warner House, Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden and the Wentworth-Lear Historic Houses. Information on locations and hours are available at each website and at www.portsmouthhistorichouses.org.
Make a Mark on a Landmark this Saturday, November 24, 2012, (Small Business Saturday) from 10AM to 2PM.
Come and shop in downtown Portsmouth at all of our great independent retailers, and while you are in town help us decorate the plywood panels that we are installing while the windows on the front of the house are out being restored! We'll have refreshments and you can make your own silhouette for the house, or to take home!
Please join us in kicking off our 100th Anniversary Season with the "Our Old House Festival" from 12:30 to 4:30PM!!!
Our regular-season tours begin on Sunday June 3, at 1PM.
2012 Season: June 2 through October 21
Hours: 11AM - 5PM, Monday through Thursday; Sunday 1PM - 5PM, last tours at 4:30PM
Please see Events Calendar for information on early closings and special events.
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