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Large Crowds expected at Canterbury Artisan Festival

On Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Canterbury Shaker Village will host the Canterbury Artisan Festival, which includes wagon rides, craft activities for children and adults, demonstrations of traditional Shaker crafts and more. The festival also features agricultural demonstrations, a juried craft fair and farmer’s market.

“We even have two teenage brothers who have revived the old arts of blacksmithing,” said Nicole Laurin, special events and adult programs manager at Canterbury Shaker Village. “There are many stories to be told here, which makes this annual event so interesting to people of all ages.”

For Sara Petipas of On the Cusp Pottery in Concord, the festival represents a unique opportunity to demonstrate the craft of wheel throwing.

“I will be making mostly vases, but potentially other forms such as bowls, pitchers and mugs,” she said.

For Petipas, the most rewarding aspects of pottery making are the processes themselves.

”The acts of wheel throwing and glazing are very meditative,” she said.

The most challenging part is the fragility of the process.

“There are many points in the process when things could go wrong–damage in drying, trimming, firing and transport of the finished pieces,” she added.

As for why she has returned to the festival for the past 6 years, she said she simply loves it.

“I enjoy working outside among the beautiful buildings,” she said. “Canterbury Shaker Village is a beautiful, peaceful place that lends itself well to the creation and appreciation of craft. It’s just gorgeous.”

For Laurin, Petipas’ appreciation of Canterbury Shaker Village is often experienced by visitors, which makes this annual festival so important to their mission.

“This festival showcases the “dynamic and vibrant” atmosphere of this place,” she said. “It represents the best of what we have to offer here.”

One of 17 museums on the NH Heritage Museum Trail, Canterbury Shaker Village is located in the Merrimack Valley branch of the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail.

Additional branches include the Seacoast and Lakes Region. Stops on The Trail include Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.

To learn more about the Canterbury Artisan Festival, which takes place on Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visit www.shakers.org.

Art, Culture and More in Merrimack Valley Region of the NH Heritage Museum Trail

In the Merrimack Valley branch of the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, Saturday, September 15 features two events, each of which will provide visitors with a unique experience.

Exhibition Opening

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At the Currier Museum of Art, September 15 marks the opening of Hauling, an exhibition by commissioned artist Ethan Murrow, who will transform 100 feet of gallery space into an ambitious installation of hand-drawn, panoramic murals.

The exhibition will additionally include works on paper and a monumental, industrial-type, kinetic sculpture, all of which will be researched and created by Murrow with other artists, craftspeople, historians and New Hampshire citizens.

Hauling is inspired by the history of the Manchester region and its people with an emphasis on labor, manufacturing, and the area’s natural resources. The installation process will be on public view in the weeks leading up to the exhibition’s opening.

To learn more, visit www.currier.org.

Canterbury Artisans Festival
On September 15, Canterbury Shaker Village will host the Canterbury Artisans Festival. Celebrating local artisans with a craft fair and farmer’s market, live music, family fun craft activities, farm animals, and demonstrations ranging from broom making to bee keeping and blacksmithing, the event is like no other.

Canterbury Artisan Festival

“Visitors are able to experience the legacy of the Shakers by catching a tour of the Village or by wandering our beautiful historic grounds,” said Nicole Laurin, special events and adult programs manager. “The festival connects back and honors the Shakers’ 200+ year role as manufactures of quality handcrafted goods.”

This popular annual events reflects the mission of Canterbury Shaker Village, which is “dedicated to preserving the 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers and to providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit.”

To learn more about the Canterbury Artisans Festival, visit www.shakers.org.

More About The Trail
Divided into three branches–Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes Region–the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail “connects the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire.”

“In each of our three sections, there is so much diversity and history that spans more than 300 years,” said Mike Culver, president of The Trail and executive director of the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro. “We welcome people of all ages and background to visit us this summer and fall.”

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

Museum Loop Tour Unites Trail Partners

Part of the Lakes Region portion of the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, the New Hampshire Boat Museum, Libby Museum, and Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro offer a unique opportunity for visitors.

Docking at The Libby in the Millie BKnown as The Museum Loop Tour, this experience takes place on Fridays and offers boat and trolley tours from the Boat Museum to the Libby Museum, or visa versa, with a trolley ride shuttling visitors to the Wright Museum.

The “Millie B” boat tour makes use of the dock near the Libby Museum and takes advantage of Trolley tours available in Wolfeboro. While the Boat Museum has offered tours for many years, the Museum Loop is a fairly new concept.

“We were trying to find a way to connect people to places in a short amount of time,” said Evan Liotta, operations manager of the Boat Museum.

The plan is working nicely, according to Liotta, who said spots on the tours fill up quickly and seats are booked about two weeks out.

Partnering with other Trail partners makes sense, according to Alana Albee, executive director of the Libby Museum.

“We’re lucky to have so many member museums in Wolfeboro,” she said.

Proximity is not the only reason Trail museums collaborate, however, as shared resources are vital commodities for nonprofit institutions.

“For small-to-medium-size institutions in general, collaboration is the future of museums,” said Michael Culver, executive director of the Wright Museum. “By sharing, we can each do more and spend less. Collaboration also emphasizes the astounding diversity of the cultural offerings available to visitors in our area.”

Seats on the Museum Loop Tour are booked through the Boat Museum. For information or to sign up for a tour, call 603-998-3286 or visit www.nhbm.org.

The NH Heritage Museum Trail is made up of 17 museums with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth and Wolfeboro.

Upcoming events on NH Heritage Museum Trail in July

The New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail has a lot to offer in July with unique and exciting events for families and history buffs alike.

Some of the events include the American Independence Festival at the American Independence Museum, Summer Discovery Days at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, and a Car Show at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire.

Whether someone is interested in learning more about colonial farming, events surrounding America’s independence or some classic cars, the NH Heritage Museum Trail as it covered.

In the Seacoast Region of The Trail, the American Independence Museum in Exeter will host the American Independence Festival in Exeter on July 14. The Festival features food, music, ale, reenactments, Traditional Artisans’ Village, vendor marketplace, museum tours and more.

Guests will hear traditional music throughout the festival and can grab a bite to eat from several local nearby food trucks on Swasey parkway, which is also home to several battle re-enactments. Brewed by Redhook Brewery, American Independence Ale will be served in Folsom Tavern, a venue in which George Washington once dined.

On museum grounds, guests may enjoy demonstrations by nationally renowned traditional artisans, a “village” sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. One of only 26 remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at the museum—and its delivery to the town in 1776 will be recreated to kick off the festival.

To learn more about the festival, visit www.independencemuseum.org.

In the Merrimack Valley portion of The Trail on the same day, July 14, the Aviation Museum in Londonderry will host its fourth annual Car Show. In addition to the iconic and classic cars on display, there will be a 50/50 raffle, food and trophies to win.

Those interested in participating can register their car for a $10 registration fee. To learn more about the show, visit www.nhahs.org.

In the Lakes Region branch of The Trail, Summertime Discovery Days at the Remick Museum in Tamworth Village offer children, ages 7-11, hands-on learning experiences with farm-based subjects. Discovery Days, which take place on July 12 and 26, feature cooking, farming and investing in a green thumb.

On July 12, children can experience “Let’s Make a Cake” in which they can make a blueberry cake “the old fashioned way” without any mix or a mixer. After putting their cakes in the oven, the children will make their own whipped cream and herbal iced tea. “Let’s Make a Cake” will also enable children to feed chickens, gather eggs, pick blueberries and grind wheat – all the steps needed to create the cake ingredients.

The July 26 program is “Creating with Wool,” which provides a firsthand experience with fleece, as participants can see the museum’s sheep, learn to wash fleece, understand its uses for fleece and more. Children also will make a bookmark and take home some wool and needles to create their own projects at home.

To learn more, visit www.remickmuseum.org.

17 museums make up the NH Heritage Museum Trail with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth and Wolfeboro.

The Libby Museum opens with Amy Piper’s Photo Exhibit

In June and July, local photographer Amy Piper is on show at The Libby, located in the Lakes Region portion of the NH Heritage Museum Trail in Wolfeboro. Her textures and landscapes are stunning, and many images are for sale.

Now open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 to 4pm and Sundays from 12 to 4 pm, The Libby is free to children and veterans and $5/adult. There are few places more beautiful than The Libby and few photographers more gifted than Piper.

Amy Piper

Her passion for photography runs the gamut from nature and landscape to texture, abstract, and detail. Her mother used to tell her she saw the world through “rose colored glasses.” She prefers to think with her eye for detail, as she sees the potential beauty in everything and tries to bring beauty to life through her camera lens for others to enjoy and appreciate.

Piper is owner and creative designer of Signature Events, a local wedding and event planning company now celebrating its 19th year. Locally, she belongs to the Lakes Region Photography Club where she has been a member for several years.

She was given her first camera when she turned 16. Growing up in Connecticut, she was inspired by her parents who were both talented artists and photographers. She remembers her mom developing her own pictures in “the family bathroom turned dark room” where one had to knock on the door before entering.

The Libby is one of 17 museums on the NH Heritage Museum Trail with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth and Wolfeboro. To learn more about The Trail and its member museums, visit www.nhmuseumtrail.org.

To learn more about The Libby, or Piper, visit www.thelibbymuseum.org or www.amypiperphotography.com.

Several members on NH Heritage Museum Trail make top-10 List

Four museums along the NH Heritage Museum Trail have made the Union Leader’s Top 10 Places for History Lovers. These museums include Wright Museum of World War II, American Independence Museum, Millyard Museum and Canterbury Shaker Village.

Canterbury Shaker Village

Each unique and covering a portion—or nearly all—of various aspects of NH history, the 17 museums that make of the NH Heritage Museum Trail are broken into three three sections—Lakes Region, Seacoast and Merrimack Valley.

Many of these museum are nationally known, including Canterbury Shaker Village in the Merrimack portion of The Trail. Just north of Concord in a 700-acre rural setting with 25 original Shaker buildings, Canterbury is one of the largest and best preserved of some 19 Shaker communities that flourished in this country in the 19th century, according to Susan Bennett, executive director.

“It’s distinguished for being a National Historic Landmark,” she added.

At Canterbury, visitors may tour the Shaker buildings, observe craft demonstrations, and learn about Shaker spirituality and communitarian values. Tour highlights are the distinctive 1792 gambrel-roofed meetinghouse, a large dwelling house, the infirmary building, and shops and mills used for Shaker agriculture and industry.

Michael Culver, executive director of the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro (Lakes Region section) and president of The Trail, said he is excited at the recognition received by member museums.

“There are so many extraordinary things to see, learn about and explore within our museums,” he said. “I am proud The Trail is recognized for that and hopeful visitors can visit every museum in each section. While each museum is different in what it offers, every member provides a first-class, unique look t history itself that is available nowhere else.”

The Wright features more than 14,000 items that commemorate the battlefields and home front from WWII. In the Seacoast Region of The Trail in Exeter, the American Independence Museum educates visitors on Revolutionary history through tours, program and events. Located in the Merrimack Valley Region of The Trail along with Canterbury, the Millyard Museum in Manchester showcases the city’s history of textile mills and offers lectures, tours, concerts and school programs.

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

Events galore make their way to NH Heritage Trail’s Lakes Region

Those seeking to scratch their history itch or simply find a fun and educational way to spend a day will have no trouble satisfying their need in June in the Lakes Region of the New Hampshire Heritage Trail. The seven museums in the region — New Hampshire Boat Museum, Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, The Libby Museum, Museum of the White Mountains, Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, Castle in the Clouds, and Wright Museum of World War II — offer a wide array of activities in June.

New Hampshire Boat Museum
The New Hampshire Boat Museum, located in Wolfeboro Falls, NH, will host its Opening Reception on Friday, June 1, from 6-9 p.m. The event, which is catered by Downtown Grille Cafe, will introduce guests to the season’s new exhibits. Tickets are $25 for members and $27 for non-members.

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 8. For information or to reserve a spot for the Opening Reception, call 603-569-4544 or visit www.nhbm.org.

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm

New Hampshire Appreciation Day

The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, located in Tamworth Village, NH, has a loaded slate of events in June.

For evening fun, there is Friday Fireside Gathering on Friday, June 8, from 7-8:30 p.m. Those who enjoy the arts will find Fiber Arts Groups and Demos attractive, which takes place Tuesday, June 12, as well as Tuesday, June 26, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and is free to attend. Kids events include 4-H Dairy Club, which meets 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 14; Homeschool Dairy Month on Monday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon; and Small Farmers Club: Cows, which is Friday, June 29, from 10-11 a.m. The 4-H meeting is free to attend, while the Homeschool event and Small Farmers Club are $6.

Additionally, there is an Outdoor Walk on Friday, June 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, which is free for members and $5 for non-members. There also is Foragers Gathering on Friday, June 15, from 1-2:30 p.m. That event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

An annual event, New Hampshire Appreciation Day, is Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features activities all day. Admission is free for New Hampshire residents and $5 for out-of-state attendees. Children 4 and younger are admitted free. Starting that day, June 16, Remick will have daily activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

For information, visit www.remickmuseum.org or call 603-323-7591.

The Libby Museum
The Libby Museum, located in Wolfeboro, NH, opens for the season on Friday, June 1.
From opening day through July 31, photographs by Amy Piper will be on display, offering visitors a splendid view of nature.

The Libby Museum is open daily through mid-October. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free for children 16 and younger as well as veterans and $5 for adults. For information, visit www.thelibbymuseum.org or call 603-569-1035.

Museum of the White Mountains
The Museum of the White Mountains, located at Plymouth University in Plymouth, NH, offers a range of events throughout June.

On June 4, James Lewis will present “Not one cent for scenery: The story of how the National Forests became the Nation’s Forests.” The event will be from 5:30-7 p.m. and is free to attend.
There will be an artist talk and demo with Craig Altobello from 3:30-5 p.m. on June 15, Gordon Stuart will present “The Streamflow Study that Justified the Weeks Act” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on June 20, and a screening of David Huntley’s documentary “The People’s Forest” at 3 p.m. on June 29. Each of those events are free.

Away from the museum will be First Fungal Foray of 2018 at Langdon Park from 1-3 p.m. on June 24. Evolutionary biologist Tommy Stoughton will lead the Mushroom Walk. There also is a Caps Ridge Hike with Jeff Lougee from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 28.

For information, visit www.plymouth.edu.

Lake Winnipesaukee Museum
The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, located in the Weirs section of Laconia, will open its doors around mid-June. Once open, the museum will host a weekly lecture series on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Kicking off the Lecture Series will be Underwater History with Hans Hug, who will present videos of wrecks he’s seen in the region, on June 20. “The Islands of Winnipesaukee” is on June 27 and features Ron Guilmette, author and photographer, presenting his book containing photos and stories about the islands.

For information, visit www.lwhs.us.

Castle in the Clouds
The Castle in the Clouds, located in Moultonborough, NH, features a wide assortment of events in June.

Wine and light refreshments will be served June 15 when a preservation exhibit opens at 5:30 p.m. Michelle Landry, director of collections and interpretation will speak ahead of the opening of “Lucknow Revealed: Research, Restoration and Mystery at Castle in the Clouds.” The event is free for members and $10 for non-members.
On Father’s Day, June 17, Castle in the Clouds will give dads a free tour if they come with their children.

On June 25, there will be Birding with Bob Ridgely at 8:30 a.m., as the popular birding walk returns. Later that day, singer/songwriter Jonathan Sarty provides music at 5:30 p.m.

Music Night kicks off on June 26 and continues each Tuesday through August 21. The event will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Carriage House Restaurant, where dinner will be served. There is no cover charge.

On June 27, Bryant Tolles will give the lecture “Grand Resort Hotels of the White Mountains” at 7 p.m. Music Night returns on June 28 with Benjamin Vincent Cook performing at 5:30 p.m.
Open Air Landscape Art will premier June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon featuring local artist MaryAnn Stockman. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

For information, visit www.castleintheclouds.org.

Wright Museum of World War II
At the Wright Museum of World War II, located in Wolfeboro, NH, a weekly lecture series offers attendees a chance to learn about several aspects of World War II.

The Lecture Series takes place each Tuesday from 7-8 p.m. at the museum. On June 5, author Titia Bozuwa presents her book “Defiance,” a fictional work about young men and women resisting Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. On june 12, author Charley Valera will speak about his book “My Father’s War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers.” On June 19, Linda Shenton Matchett will give the lecture “Women War Correspondents of WWII.” Attendance for the Lecture Series is $3 for members and $8 for non-members.

For information, visit www.wrightmuseum.org.

Canterbury Shaker Village prepares for Traditional Craft Days

Working with one’s hands is said to be one of the most rewarding ways to spend time while another sense of accomplishment can be experience in learning something new. Traditional Craft Weekend at Canterbury Shaker Village, a member of the New Hampshire Museum Heritage Trail’s Merrimack Valley Region, offers visitors the chance to experience both feelings.

On Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, 50 traditional craftspeople will share their skills with visitors with the event lasting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days at 288 Shaker Rd. in Canterbury, NH.

Some of the crafts on display will include woodworking, rug hooking and braiding, wool sock making, hand-stitching leather items, broom making, weaving, letterpress printing and more. Visitors will also be able to try their own hand at these skills.

“This is a top-notch group of craftspeople,” said David Emerson, one of the organizers of the event. “Their enthusiasm for their work is contagious. If you’ve ever wished you could become adept at a handcraft, chances are good you’ll find one that appeals to you and an experienced teacher to ensure your success.”

Craftspeople during the two-day event include furniture maker David Lamb of Canterbury, Penobscot basket maker Barbara Francis of Maine and blacksmith Gary Kalaijan. There also will be oxen from Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon.

The event also features music with live music kicking off in June 2 at 10 a.m. with Badger’s Drift. Doug Hazard follows on stage at noon followed by New Found Grass with a show from 2-4 p.m. On June 3, music by Ryan and Brennish Thompson and Entangled Strings.

A workshop on dry laid wall construction will also be available. Those interested may sign up at www.shakers.org/dry-laid-stone-walls. The cost is $157.50 for members and $175 for non-members.

Tickets for Traditional Craft Days may be purchased ahead of time or at the door. Members can attend at no cost. Admission costs for non-members are $19 for adults, $9 for children ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and younger. Tickets are good for both days.

Shaker Village is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays to Sundays through Sept. 2 and daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Sept. 3 through Oct. 28. From Nov. 3 through Dec. 2, Shaker Village will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends only.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.shakers.org.

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.

“Exciting events on tap for NH Heritage Museum Trail’s Seacoast Region”

Throughout June, each site in the Seacoast Region of the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail—USS Albacore, American Independence Museum, Woodman Museum and Discover Portsmouth—offers great programs and experiences.


Discover Portsmouth

“Guests view Gertrude Fiske gallery at Discover Portsmouth…Photo credited to Raya Al-Hashmi/Raya on Assignment

Located in Portsmouth, Discover Portsmouth features several events in June. Sketching in the Gallery, which is free to attend, takes place from 10 a.m. to noon, June 9 and June 23. Sketching in the Gallery allows attendees to take a pencil and paper and sketch art featured in the Balcony Gallery.

In June, visitors will also have three chances – noon to 12:45 p.m. on June 1, 15 and 29 to take a special tour of “Gertrude Fiske: American Master.” At this event, visitors will experience a guided, in-depth look at the works of Gertrude Fiske. The tours are part of the Lunchtime Exhibition Tour and are free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Discover Portsmouth is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.portsmouthhistory.org.
USS Albacore
Located in Portsmouth, the USS Albacore offers self-guided tours of a research submarine used by the U.S. Navy to test experimental features used on modern submarines. The self-guided tour includes recordings of former crew members who describe life aboard the submarine. Additionally, there is the Memorial Garden, which honors submariners who lost their lives in service to their country.

The USS Albacore is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.ussalbacore.org.

American Independence Museum
At the American Independence Museum in Exeter, June features two special offerings in addition to public tours, Tuesday through Saturday. Revolutionary Story Time takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 7. Sponsored by Exeter Hospital, Revolutionary Story Time is for children (3 to 5 years old), parents and caregivers. The event features re-enactor and musician Mike Welch, who will read books, share stories, perform music and more.

On June 28, the American Independence Museum will host “The Patriotic Shoe,” a Lunch and Learn series event presented by People’s United Bank from noon to 1 p.m. Dr. Kimberly S. Alexander, PhD, of the University of New Hampshire, will discuss stories of American-made shoes, their makers and wearers. Lunch and Learn events are free.

The American Independence Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For information, visit www.independencemuseum.org.

Woodman Museum
At the Woodman Museum in Dover, visitors will be treated to the art of Juleen Stacy and Jim Reagan beginning June 3 in the Thom Hindle Gallery. Stacy, who is a resident artist of the Art Center, and Reagan, a member artist of the Art Center and owner of Carriage House Gallery, will have their work featured through July.

Also, throughout June, visitors are able to experience a scavenger hunt with online assistance for a chance to win a pair of wireless Apple Airpods. Of the 100 “treasures” featured in its 100-year celebration in 2016, 38 items are able to be located by guests on a self-guided tour. Once the hunt is completed, visitors can register for a chance to win the earbuds. The hunt will continue through July with a new winner drawn for that month.

The Woodman Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For information, visit www.woodmanmuseum.org.

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.

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
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.