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NH Heritage Museum Trail retools for 2018 and beyond

Formed in 2014 as a way to share resources and better promote their respective collections, programs and events, the NH Heritage Museum Trail recently re-branded itself and its mission.

“We took a hard look at our objectives and capacity,” noted Mike Culver of the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, who expressed excitement at “a new future for The Trail.”

This new future, according to Jeff Barraclough of the Millyard Museum in Manchester, entails splitting The Trail into 3 branches: Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lake Region.

“It breaks The Trail into regions that correspond with how the state promotes New Hampshire, too, so we felt it was important to use that concept to drive how we market ourselves,” he said. “People cannot realistically visit all our museums in one trip, but they could visit one of our regions.”

In addition to breaking The Trail into three distinct, but connected, branches, a new mission and vision was formed to better reflect how individual museum members view one another as part of the group.

The new mission statement is “NH Heritage Museum Trail: Connecting the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire.”

The new vision statement is “Our member museums will be recognized as significant leading cultural institutions which preserve and promote an understanding and appreciation of our
national and state heritage.”

Both Culver and Barraclough expressed excitement at the evolution of the NH Heritage Museum Trail.

“Our museums capture the spirit and history of the state from across more than 3 centuries,” said Culver.

“Barraclough agreed and added, “We look forward to reintroducing ourselves to the public in 2018. New Hampshire has such a rich and underappreciated history, and our member museums are perfectly positioned to shed light on different aspects of it for people of all ages.”

In total, 17 museums make up the NH Heritage Museum Trail. Stops on The Trail include Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Plymouth, Tamworth and Wolfeboro.

Enjoy The Museum Loop this summer in Wolfeboro

There may be no place in New Hampshire as beautiful as the town of Wolfeboro in the Lakes Region, which has brought three museums on the NH Heritage Museum Trail together to create The Museum Loop.

On this loop, which will begin at 9:30 am every Friday during July and August (weather permitting), passengers will board the antique boat, “Millie B” (10 persons) or The Trolley (10 persons) at the Town docks. They will then head to The Libby Museum.

Passengers will return by the opposite means of transport on this “Libby Loop” and can then enjoy Trolley-narrated tours all day as well as entrance to The Boat Museum (included). Additional entry fees apply to The Wright Museum and The Clarke House Museum (not a Trail member).

Alana Albee, executive director of The Libby, said they are all working together “so visitors and residents enjoy the many small museums in Wolfeboro.”

“It’s quite unusual for such a rural town to have so many cultural options—and with the Lake and our summer Trolley, it makes for an especially delightful way to see it all,” she said.

Mike Culver, executive director of The Wright Museum, agrees and said he believes there is no town quite like Wolfeboro.

“We have incredible museums in this town with easy access to nature, trails, the lake,” he said. “The Museum Loop is a great opportunity for couples, or even families, to explore all Wolfeboro has to offer.”

The cost for The Museum Loop is $33 for adults and $12 for children. To learn more, call (603) 998-3286, as advanced phone and on-line booking is required. www.nhbm.org.

With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages this summer, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors in 2018. Search for ‘New Hampshire Heritage Trail’ and find it on Facebook.

Busy December for the Currier on the NH Heritage Museum Trail

Hosting several events in the past few days, including Second Sunday Jazz Brunch and Caroling in the Galleries, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester continues with a busy latter half of December.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, La Troupe de Mademoiselle Églantine (Mademoiselle Églantine’s Troupe), 1896 Lithograph, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1940.

A member of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, the Currier will host Free Lautrec Late Night: Draft and Draw from 5 to 9 pm on Thursday, December 14. At this hands-on drawing workshop, people will explore the galleries with a teaching artist and then head to the Winter Garden Café to learn basic drawing skills while enjoying a cash bar and full menu. Members admitted free.

On Sunday, December 17, the Currier will host Focus Tour: Winter Wonderlands at 2 pm that will highlight majestic images of winter and weather in its Collection.

At Noon Year’s Eve from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, December 31, the Currier will feature art-making, outdoor activities, face painting, live entertainment, bubble-wrap fireworks, a huge balloon drop and more. Members receive a special discount on tickets.

For tickets to any of the events, or current gallery shows, at the Currier, visit www.currier.org.

With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors by the end of this year. Search for ‘New Hampshire Heritage Trail’ and find it on Facebook.

Museums on the Trail include the Aviation Museum, Albacore Park, American Independence Museum, Canterbury Shaker Village, Castle in the Clouds, Currier Museum of Art, L.L. Lee Scouting Museum, Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, Libby Museum, Millyard Museum, Museum of the White Mountains, New Hampshire Boat Museum, NH Historical Society, Portsmouth Historical Society @ Discover Portsmouth, Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, Woodman Museum, and Wright Museum of WWII.

Holiday cheer on the NH Heritage Museum Trail

The holiday season is here, and there is plenty to do with the whole family on the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail.

27th Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit – Portsmouth

Gingerbread image from 2016, by Morgan Karanasios for New Hampshire Home Magazine

Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland from December 1 to December 3 at Discover Portsmouth. The exhibit will be surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph.

Open from 9:30 am to 5 pm, the exhibit will have extended hours on Friday, December 1 and Saturday December 2 until 8 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Jurors’ selections are announced at 6 pm during the Kickoff Party on Friday December, 1, while the public can vote until Friday, December 15 with the People’s Choice Award announced at noon on Monday, December 18 via FacebookLive.

For more information, visit www.PortsmouthHistory.org.

Ring in the Season – Exeter
Celebrate the season in Colonial style at the American Independence Museum’s historic Folsom Tavern from December 1 to December 3. All events are part of the Town of Exeter’s Ring in the Season celebration.

Sponsored by The Provident Bank, the weekend’s festivities kick off on December 1 with Tavern Tours from 10 am to 4 pm followed by a Holiday Celebration from 5 pm to 8 pm. Toast the holidays with light snacks and adult refreshments, create Colonial holiday gifts, enjoy seasonal music, visit the museum’s pop-up gift shop, and place your bids on exciting items in a silent auction.

Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members, and $3 for non-member children.

On Saturday, December 2, Tavern Tours will take place from 10 am to 4 pm with Folsom Tavern open from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm with refreshments available for purchase for those watching the town’s Holiday Parade. On Sunday, December 3, the tavern will be open from 1 pm to 5 pm as part of Womenade of Greater Squamscott’s Holiday Home Tour with tickets available at www.exeterareaholidayhousetour.com.

For more information about either event, visit www.independencemuseum.org.

Homestead Christmas – Tamworth Village
On Saturday, December 2 from 11 am to 3 pm, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm will host tours of the holiday-decorated Captain Enoch Remick House (c. 1808), which includes the original doctors’ office shared by Dr. Edwin “Doc” Crafts Remick (1903–1993) and his father, Dr. Edwin Remick (1866–1935). Watch costumed interpreters prepare and then bake cookies in the homestead wood stove with fresh-from-the-oven samples available along with a serving of wassail.

Wagon rides will transport visitors from the house to the Museum Center for seasonal exhibits, a children’s craft, apothecary tastings and products, and an open-hearth cooking demonstration complete with tastings of roasted chestnuts and gingerbread. Animal meet and greets will also take place across the farmstead, while visitors can continue on with a town-wide Holly-Day scavenger hunt and Santa Claus display search.

For more information, visit www.remickmuseum.org.

Christmas at Canterbury and Candlelit Tours – Canterbury
On December 9 and 16 from 3 to 8 pm at Canterbury Shaker Village, visitors can watch an old-time 19th Century magic show, meet Father Christmas, make Christmas crackers, decorate cookies, admire a toy train display or listen to fiddlers. At the event, visitors may also enjoy hot cider and sing Christmas carols during the lighting of the Village Christmas tree.

The cost for this event is $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 6-17, and under 5 is free. Village members are half price.

Holiday fun continues at Canterbury Shaker Village with Candlelit Tours at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm from December 11 to 15. Guided tours last approximately 1 hour and explore some of the ways in which the Shakers celebrated the holidays—from simple Christmas gatherings in the nineteenth century to elaborate theatricals in the twentieth century.

This tour is suggested for ages 10 and over with advance registration required.
The cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17, and under 5 is free. Village members are half price.

For more information about either event, visit www.shakers.org.

With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors by the end of this year. Find The Trail on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nhheritagetrail.

Fun holiday happenings on the NH Heritage Museum Trail

At many of the museums on the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, which stretches across the central and eastern part of the Granite State, the holidays represent their busiest and most fun time.

At the Aviation Museum of NH in Londonderry, Santa Claus and his elf plan to drop by for story time on Saturday, December 16 at 11 a.m.

“They will have a treat for each child, and all are welcome to stay for holiday treats in our classroom following their visit,” said Executive Director Jessica Pappathan. “Museum members and children under 12 receive free admission.”

To learn more about the Aviation Museum of NH, visit www.aviationmuseumofnh.org.

For children who cannot wait until December 16 to see Santa, the Millyard Museum in Manchester will host a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.

In addition to a special appearance by Santa from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, younger guests may enjoy storytelling and holiday crafts while people of all ages will appreciate the raffles, games, cookies and cider. Admission is free to the museum for this event.

Guests can also shop for the holidays in the Museum Shop, which features historical books, locally made products, and unique collectible brass ornaments, including the new “Amoskeag Millyard” ornament.

Members of the Manchester Historic Association receive an extra 10% discount at the Museum Shop on this day only (at least 20% off all shop items). For more information, visit, www.manchesterhistoric.org.

With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors by the end of this year. Search for ‘New Hampshire Heritage Trail’ and find it on Facebook.

NH Heritage Museum Trail to honor veterans this Veterans Day

Several museums on the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail will host special events to honor veterans this upcoming weekend to commemorate Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11.

Wright docent tours the museum with a NH Veterans Home resident

According to Michael Culver, president of The Trail and executive director of the Wright Museum of WWII in Wolfeboro, many member museums have artifacts of particular interest to veterans.

“Collectively, we help tell the story of New Hampshire’s history and its citizens—and the military is a big part of our history,” he said.

Emma Bray, executive director of the American Independence Museum in Exeter, said they are offering free admission to active and retired military, veterans and their families for Veterans Day.

“Our collection is owned by the Society of the Cincinnati, direct descendants from individuals who fought in the Revolutionary War,” she said. “The Society was the nation’s first veterans organization, and the New Hampshire branch was actually formed in 1789 right in our Folsom Tavern—we tell their story right here.”

At the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, free admission will be offered to all veterans and active military from Friday

The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum located in Manchester, New Hampshire.

November 10 through Sunday, November 12. All galleries, including Monet: Pathways to Impressionism, are free, although there is a $5 special exhibition fee to The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec.

On Sunday, November 12, The Currier will also host a Jazz Brunch with made-to-order omelets and pancakes while talented local jazz musicians entertain guests. Veterans will receive a 20% discount off the regular $19.95 adult fee to the brunch.

“There is so much to see and do at all of our museums,” added Culver. “There may be no better place to commemorate our veterans than on the NH Heritage Museum Trail.”

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NH Heritage Museum Trail to feature range of Veterans Day programs

In honor of Veterans Day, several museums on the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail are offering a range of events and programs highlighting the Granite State’s many wartime contributions.

On Thursday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m., the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry will host “Celebrating Our Veterans Through Songs and Stories.” Conducted by Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz, this moving program—now in its second year—features readings and musical performances by and about American servicemen and women.

Additionally, from November 3 through December 10, an exhibit titled “War and Wings: A Selection of WWI and vintage aviation posters” will run to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the United States’ entry into the war.

Admission to both events is free for veterans.

According to Director of Operations Wendell Berthelsen, the programs are part of a broader initiative to both educate the public and honor the sacrifices of the many New Hampshire vets—whether living or deceased—that answered the call of duty.

“You can’t celebrate and preserve New Hampshire aviation history without considering the major role that our veterans have played in our past and future,” Pappathan said. “Our members, volunteers, and guests, many of whom are veterans, relay stories of valor and heroism that become part of our ongoing efforts to preserve and keep their history and service alive for future generations.”

For its part, Concord-based New Hampshire Historical Society has a trio of Veterans Day events.

An exhibition, “Making the World Safe for Democracy: Posters of the Great War in New Hampshire,” will be on view from Saturday, November 11 until October 2019. Featuring posters drawn from the museum’s own collection, the exhibit explores the use of this popular art form in shaping public opinion.

That same Saturday at 2 p.m., a lecture titled “New Hampshire at War”—delivered by Sue Kelly, one of the Society’s museum educators—will give attendees a broad-based look at the state’s myriad military contributions and accomplishments.

Guided museum tours will also be offered at 2 and 3 p.m.

“We think it’s incredibly important to remember that just because New Hampshire was never the site of famous battles, we still contributed to America’s efforts,” said Elizabeth Dubrulle, Director of Education & Public Programs. “From all the soldiers who went off and fought to well-known admirals, generals, and military leadership, our state has a legacy that all Granite Staters should be proud of.”

In all, 17 museums make up the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, which stretches from Portsmouth to Plymouth and includes several locations east and south.

With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages this summer, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors in 2017. Search for ‘New Hampshire Heritage Trail’ and find it on Facebook.

Service Credit Union and Wright Museum team up for exhibit

On display from September 25 through October 13 at the Service Credit Union (SCU) Corporate Office at 3003 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth, the Saturday Evening Post Cover Exhibit features items lent by the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro.

Curated by Wright Museum Executive Director Michael Culver, Saturday Evening Post Cover Exhibit features covers donated by John and Evelyn Frank that are now part of their permanent collection. He referred to the partnership with Service Credit Union as “perfect.”

“Both organizations are committed to enriching the lives of New Hampshire residents,” he said. “In our own ways, we also recognize and acknowledge those Americans, both past and present, who have helped shape our national identity. The SCU headquarters is great venue for this decidedly American exhibit and we are proud to have it there.”

Service Credit Union President/CEO David Van Rossum said the exhibit allows guest to look back through history at important moments, particularly those related to WWII.

“It was the most ubiquitous and influential magazine of the time,” he said. “We are so pleased to make this historically significant exhibit free to our community and introduce our new exhibit space.”

The covers will be on display inside the atrium of Service Credit Union from Monday, September 25th until Friday, October 13th with hours as follows: daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and extended hours until 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. There is no charge to the public and all are welcome.

The Wright Museum is one of 17 museums on the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, which stretches from Portsmouth to Plymouth and includes several locations east and south.

With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages this summer, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors in 2017. Search for ‘New Hampshire Heritage Trail’ and find it on Facebook.

Quirky objects abound on the NH Heritage Museum Trail

Welcoming more than 200,000 visitors annually, the 17 museums that make up the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail use “strength in numbers” to promote the Granite State’s cultural and historical legacy, which includes “quirky” objects.

Located in the Ossipee Mountain Range and built in 1914, Castle in the Clouds features its original wraparound showers. Nicknamed “needle showers” for their tiny pinhole sprays, the walk-in stalls were designed to “provide an energizing massage for the internal organs.”

“These were state-of-the-art for 1914 even though some ‘experts’ considered them too harsh for women at the time,” said Maggie Stier, director of development and engagement at the Castle Preservation Society. “These showers really provide a unique window into the era. Guests are always captivated by them.”

At the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, UFOs—unidentified found objects—have become an integral part of its overall collection. One such piece is a clear, blue-glass decanter set, which was crafted by Austrian designer Otto Prutscher around 1907 and brought to the museum a few decades later.

“The only clue we had is a number on a sticker on the bottom of the decanter, which is similar in format to numbers used by a private collector who gave the Currier a very large collection of glass in the 1940s,” said Registrar Karen Papineau. “Unfortunately, the set does not appear on any of the lengthy lists from this collection.”

Not far from the Currier, the L.L. Lee Scouting Museum features a treasure trove of scouting memorabilia, including sketches by Scouting’s founder, Robert Baden-Powell. Another quirky item is a flag carried to the moon by America’s first astronaut (and Granite State native) Alan Shepard.

However, it is a particular pair of official Scouting Handbooks published around the same time—albeit in different languages and with slight alterations to the cover’s characters—that is one of the Museum’s more culturally fascinating artifacts.

“Following the September 8, 1951 signing of the Treaty of Peace with Japan, the U.S. was granted control over Ryukyu Islands for 20 years,” explained Joe Biedrzycki, director of communications and volunteer coordinator. “Ryukyu Island Boy Scouts operated under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, and Scouts learned their Scouting skills from a Japanese language edition of the Boy Scout Handbook.

According to Biedrzycki, visitors can notice the difference in the hair color and facial features from the English-language counterpart.

With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages this summer, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors in 2017. Search for ‘New Hampshire Heritage Trail’ and find it on Facebook.

Plenty of quirky objects on the NH Heritage Museum Trail

Attracting more than 200,000 visitors each year, the 17 institutions that make up the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail are using “strength in numbers” to promote the Granite State’s cultural and historical legacy.

However, while the Trail’s mission might be a shared one, its biggest draw lies in the distinctive offerings of the museums themselves, including some peculiar—even quirky—objects and artifacts.

Voted America’s Best Small Eclectic Museum in 2014, the Libby Museum of Natural History in Wolfeboro has a pair of mummified hands that were first discovered in a Queen’s tomb in the Upper Nile Valley of Egypt.

“The Libby is the home of quirky things,” said museum director Alana Albee. “We have a polar bear, a Chinese fingernail, a female human skeleton, a dinosaur vertebrae, and an albino crow—and that’s just to name a few.”

At the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire in Londonderry, visitors might notice the numbered runways painted on the floor, just as they’re marked at airports across the world.

“Many guests have no idea what the numbers mean,” said the museum’s director of operations, Wendell Berthelsen. “It’s basically a compass heading. Just add a zero to the number. So 12 would be 120 degrees, and 180 degrees away from that would be 300, or 30.”

At Wolfeboro’s Wright Museum of World War II, a lieutenant’s scarf includes a colorful backstory. According to the donor, Lt. “Dippy Wilkinson” of Fordyce Arkansas flew a P-38 known as the “Flying Red Ass,” which explains the bucking donkey on the left side of the scarf.

In Tamworth, the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm offers visitors a unique look at how medicine has evolved from colonial times today. In some cases, however, medical methods have remained very much the same—like, say, snake venom.

“We have a cobra venom solution that was used by Tamworth’s country doctors in or around the 1930s to treat patients with chronic pain without the risks of withdrawal and dependence associated with opiate medications,” said Curator Faithe McCreery. “While it sounds intimidating, snake venom is still incorporated into a variety of medical remedies today.”

Founded in 1991, Exeter’s American Independence Museum features a number of artifacts from the Revolutionary period. One of the museum’s stranger items is a pistol that, having since become obsolete, was retrofitted into something a bit more practical.

“Tinderpistols were originally used to test gun powder to make sure the powder from the barrel was good,” explained Collections and Member Services Manager Rachel Passannante. “The theory behind these oddities is that with the improvement of gun powder there was an excess of these once-useful tools, so a small plate was soldered onto the powder tester for a candle to sit and they became candle holders.”

With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages this summer, the NH Heritage Museum Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors in 2017. Search for ‘New Hampshire Heritage Trail’ and find it on Facebook.

New Director Brings Worldly Experience, Family Ties to The Libby Museum

Founded in Wolfeboro in 1912 as New Hampshire’s first natural history gallery, The Libby Museum recently announced the appointment of Alana Albee as executive director.

Kid and Moose at The Libby.

For Albee, returning to the Granite State after decades spent abroad was more than just a career choice—it was personal.

“This is where I was born and I have fond memories of spending time in the museum as a child,” said Albee. “I was delighted to come back after a long career away and give back to my community.”

After graduating from the University of New Hampshire, Albee received her master’s degree from the London School of Economics and accepted a post in the Diplomatic Service of the British government. Specializing in international economic development and public finance, her 25-year career included stints throughout Africa and Asia between which she served as Chief of Employment policy for the International Labor Office in Geneva, Switzerland.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and U.K, Albee retired from the Diplomatic Service in 2015 and returned to her native Granite State. In returning to NH, she cited a family connection, too, as her grandfather, John Allen Horne, was great nephew of Hattie Horne, wife of museum founder Dr. Henry Forrest Libby. For decades, the younger Horne ran the iconic Allen ‘A’ Resort in Wolfeboro, which is now the home of the New Hampshire Boat Museum.

“There’s a deep family tradition here that I’m proud to inherit,” Albee said.

According to Albee, The Libby’s timeless feel is about much more than just the historic building.

“Unlike a lot of museums, not everything in The Libby is behind Plexiglas,” she said. “You can touch the moose and the coyote. You can get up close to see what animals really look like. It’s interactive and immersive and that’s what I love about it.”

Her immediate goals for the museum include working to preserve the original collection, some of which comprises animal and bird specimens, plants and insects, Native American relics, early American antiques and implements, and more.

Acknowledging the collection has suffered due to inadequate insulation in the building, Albee noted the Town of Wolfeboro is discussing potential funding to upgrade the building with a more comprehensive restoration project in the future.

Longer-term goals include building a replica boat similar to one owned by Dr. Libby himself as well as extending the museum’s current trails to nearby Mirror Lake.

“It was the dream of Dr. Libby to have visitors be able to enjoy a vista across the lake to the Belknap Range as well as across Mirror Lake to the Ossipee Mountains,” Albee said.

Today, The Libby attracts thousands of visitors every year—numbers that she hopes will be bolstered through membership in the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail. With numerous events, exhibits and programs for all ages this summer, the NH Heritage Trail expects close to 250,000 visitors in 2017.

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L.L. Lee Scouting Museum brings history, heritage to NH Heritage Museum Trail

Touting one of the most extensive collections of its kind anywhere in the country, the L.L. Lee Scouting Museum recently joined the NH Heritage Museum Trail.

As the historical cornerstone of Manchester’s Camp Carpenter, one of many such camps overseen by New Hampshire’s Daniel Webster Council, the Scouting Museum offers engaging exhibits featuring stamps, paintings, Jamboree memorabilia, sketches by Scouting’s founder, Robert Baden-Powell, and a flag carried to the moon by America’s first astronaut (and Granite State native) Alan Shepard.

Now, the Museum is poised to bring its unique collection—as well as some beautiful New Hampshire scenery—to an even wider audience.

“We’ve always enjoyed great support from Scouting families who frequent Camp Carpenter for events and Council-sponsored camping programs,” said Joe Biedrzycki, Director of Communications and Volunteer Coordinator for the Museum.

He said the Scouting Museum might also be of interest to anyone who had been a Scout, had one in their family, or has a general interest in history.

“We provide visitors with a unique look into a slice of New Hampshire’s rich culture and heritage,” he added.

Founded in 1969 as a memorial to its co-founder, Lawrence L. Lee—a Daniel Webster Council Executive—the Scouting Museum has since grown to include a staff of senior Scouters with more than 200 years of combined experience.

For Biedrzycki, joining the NH Heritage Museum Trail provides the Scouting Museum with a unique opportunity for collaboration.

“Sharing experiences and ideas with other nonprofits is valuable since we all face the challenge of getting visitors into our museums,” he said. “Other member museums of The Trail may have ideas on exhibiting, operations, volunteerism, and promotional activities to which we can contribute or that will be helpful.”

While its near-unrivaled collection makes it a crown jewel of Scouting history, the Scouting Museum—nestled near beautiful Long Pond just minutes from downtown Manchester—is eager to engage a new generation of visitors.

“It’s our perspective that group marketing efforts and cooperation will enable us to reach a whole new host of potential visitors,” Biedrzycki said.

To learn more about the L.L. Lee Scouting Museum, including programming and weekly hours, visit www.scoutingmuseum.org.

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