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Music and ‘Ghosts’ Highlight Busy October on NH Heritage Museum Trail

With 17 museums from Portsmouth to Plymouth and several points north and west, the NH Heritage Museum Trail features two unique events on Saturday, October 26.

Canterbury Shaker Village
At Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury from 3pm to 8pm, guests will be treated to traditional music performed by a variety of artists and groups and food from local Canterbury food and drink vendors.

Musicians expected to perform include High Range Band, Liz Faiella with Lindsay Straw, The Wholly Rollers, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio, Jim Prendergast with Hanz Araki and others. Food and drink vendors will include a seasonal selection from the Village’s own Creamery Café and Canterbury Aleworks.

“It is a wonderful outdoor event, marked by beautiful fall foliage and perfect for the entire family,” said Maggie Stier, interim executive director.

The Canterbury Shakers composed over 10,000 pieces of music at the Village and there will be special programming throughout the evening highlighting some of their work as well as a program showcasing the newly restored 1887 Hook & Hastings pipe organ in the Chapel of the Dwelling House.

Canterbury Shaker Village is a non-profit museum and historic site located 12 miles north of Concord, NH. It features 25 historic buildings, 700 conserved acres of fields, orchards, and gardens, and offers easy walking trails that encircle several ponds on the property.

For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, visit shakers.org.

American Independence Museum
In Exeter, the American Independence Museum (AIM) will host Ghosts of Folsom Tavern and Winter Street Cemetery Tour beginning at 3 pm with cemetery tours every half hour from 4-5:30pm.

At this family-friendly event, Colonel and Mrs. Folsom invite guests to join them in their historic tavern to celebrate the waning light and autumn season.

“You will meet the Folsom family, tour their historic tavern and hear how they once hosted George Washington while enjoying seasonal refreshments,” said museum Executive Director Emma Stratton.

Afterwards, guests will make their way to Winter Street Cemetery to meet their colonial tour guide and see the Folsoms’ final resting place and gravesites of many of Exeter’s (in)famous and revolutionary residents.

Home to a world-class collection of 3,000 historic artifacts, AIM welcomes more than 5,000 visitors annually and distinguishes itself with educational school programs and events that make history fun and relevant.

To learn more about the event, or to purchase tickets (which include tours), visit independencemuseum.org.

About The Trail
Comprised of 17 museums, the NH Heritage Museum Trail is divided into the Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes Regions with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.

For more information about The Trail, visit nhmuseumtrail.org.

Harvest Fun on the NH Heritage Museum Trail

In October, the NH Heritage Museum Trail will feature several harvest themed events for all ages.

Millyard Museum

On October 12 and 13 at Millyard Museum in Manchester, visitors will have the chance to view fall foliage from the top of the 66-foot-tall Weston Observatory off of Oak Hill Ave.

“This is a great family fun event,” said Millyard Museum Director of Operations Jeffrey Barraclough. “The Weston Observatory is normally closed to the public so this is the only weekend to get a unique view of New England’s fall foliage.”

For pricing information, visit manchesterhistoric.org.

Canterbury Shaker Village

On October 18, 19, 25 and 27, Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury will offer Spirit Encounters Tours.

These evening tours will take visitors into some of the buildings and rooms at the 200-year old Shaker Village that help tell the stories of the Shakers’ involvement with the spirit world and the growth of spiritualism as part of the Shaker religion.

“The tour leaders share the Shakers’ own accounts of otherworldly encounters, and they make the tours a lot of fun,” said Interim Executive Director Maggie Stier.

To purchase tickets, visit shakers.org.

Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm

On October 19, Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth will host Herbal Root Fest.

At the event, Museum Educator and Herbalist Carol Felice will teach visitors how to recognize and harvest medicinal and wild edible plant roots.

“You will also create a delicious lunch and a medicinal remedy from what you collect,” said Museum Executive Director Cara Sutherland. “Participants will walk away well-nourished and with a supply of fresh assorted roots and a do-it-yourself handbook.”

To purchase tickets, visit remickmuseum.org.

Comprised of 17 museums, the NH Heritage Museum Trail is divided into the Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes Regions with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.

Upcoming events on NH Heritage Museum Trail

In the Seacoast Region of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, visitors and locals alike will be treated to two unique family friendly events.

On Sunday, September 8 from noon to 4 pm, Woodman Museum in Dover will host its 23rd Annual Car Show. The event will will feature beer and food by Bad Lab Beer Co. in addition to pre-WWII motorcars, antique and classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles.

“This event is a hit every year,” said museum Executive Director David Tompkins. “It’s a great way to enjoy the museum and community.”

Community will also be the focus at nearby American Independence Museum’s Beer for History, sponsored by Donahue Tucker & Ciandella. Featuring beer, food by Sea Dog Brewing (also a featured brewer), colonial inspired music, games and more, the series takes place in the museum’s Folsom Tavern, built in 1775.

“George Washington had a beer here, so you should, too,” said museum Executive Director Emma Bray.

Beginning on Thursday, September 26, Beer for History kicks off with von Trapp Brewing, known for brewing Euoropean-styled lagers.

Other featured breweries in the series include Throwback Brewery, Sea Dog Brewing, Tilton Brothers Brewing, and Bad Lab Beer Co.

“Both events highlight the diversity of programs and events on The Trail,” said Jeff Barraclough, director of operations of Millyard Museum, one of several institutions that founded it. “It’s been a great 2019 and we look forward to a strong fall.”

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

For more information about these and any other events on The Trail, visit nhmuseumtrail.org.

“Boat and Trolley Ride Highlight The Museum Loop in Wolfeboro”

There are many ways to experience Wolfeboro, but perhaps none more unique than The Museum Loop, highlighted by a boat or trolley ride.

On the tour, featuring three museums on the NH Heritage Museum Trail, visitors ride to or from The Libby Museum in New Hampshire Boat Museum’s antique “Millie B.” Visitors then ride back in a trolley in the opposite direction.

A day loop pass is valid for 1 day in August and includes a boat ride, return trolley ride and entry to New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM) and The Libby Museum. A summer loop pass includes the aforementioned plus admission to Wright Museum of World War II and non-Trail member The Clarke House Museum.

“As summer comes to an end, individuals are anxious to pack in as many activities as possible,” said Wright Museum Executive Director Mike Culver when discussing the popularity of The Museum Loop. “This is a fun way to do that.”

NHBM Executive Director Martha Cummings agreed and added, “This is a unique way to experience Wolfeboro and multiple types of history in one day.”

The tour takes place every Thursday and Friday (weather permitting) at 9:30 a.m. through the end of August. For more information, visit nhbm.org, or call (603) 998-3286.

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

Busy August for Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm

Located in the Lakes Region on the NH Heritage Museum Trail, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth features everything from getting to know farm animalstointeractive farm tour, self-led history-based activities and more.

One of the most popular summer activities at the museum, however, may be The Country Doctor Tour at the Captain Enoch Remick House.

“This brief guided tour features the doctors’ authentic 19th and 20th-century medical tools and equipment, visitation and treatment areas and one-of-a-kind historic apothecary that predates the earliest local pharmacy,” said Museum Marketing Coordinator Dawne Gilpatrick.

Tours take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

After these tours, visitors are welcome to help with light-duty farm chores, some of which include gathering eggs, feeding the pigs and giving hay to the goats.

“You can also meet the small dairy herd and watch as a cow is milked by machine,” she added.

On Thursday, August 22 in the ongoing Plants of Field & Forest Program, participants are taken on a tour of the museum property to learn how to identify naturally-growing plants and their benefits.

Other activities at Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm include indoor exhibits and a Color from Plants Fiber Dyeing Workshop on August 31.

“The museum is a special way to spend a summer day,” said Gilpatrick. “We offer an opportunity for all generations to get an active feel for rural life, past and present…While we may be a present-day farm, many people tell us they feel as though they’ve stepped back in time–it’s a bit of Remick magic.”

For more information about Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm and its activities, visit remickmuseum.org.

Comprised of 17 museums, the NH Heritage Museum Trail is divided into the Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes Regions with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.

Busy August for NH Heritage Museum Trail

Featuring 17 member institutions from Portsmouth to Plymouth and several points west and north, the NH Heritage Museum Trail features numerous events for all ages in early August.

On Saturday, August 3 in Exeter, American Independence Museum will express its appreciation for residents in SAU 16 with Free Admission Day. Sponsored by Kennebunk Savings, the day will provide free admission to residents who live in the towns of Exeter, Brentwood, Kingston, Newfields, and Stratham as well as town employees, including teachers, with valid ID.

“We are so grateful for the support of Kennebunk Savings,” said Museum Executive Director Emma Bray. “This is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to visit us and see all the new enhancements in our museum.”

For individuals who may live closer to the state’s center, Saturday August 3 features Changemakers, a dance performance that concludes Arts Week at Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury. Arts Week is a two-week long event that engages visitors of all ages in the creative process.

“We will have dance, art, sculpture, even a performance by aerialists,” noted Maggie Stier of Canterbury Shaker Village, “and children get free admission from 10 – 4 on August 3rd for Shaker Saturday activities.”

A dance collaboration between Ballet Misha and Nsquared, Changemakers takes place at Canterbury Shaker Village’s Education Center at 5:30 p.m. Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended.

On Wednesday, August 7, The Libby Museum in Wolfeboro will hold its final Live Animal Show.

According to Executive Director Alana Albee, Live Animal Shows are one of the “most popular” events at the museum.”

“It’s a chance to learn and get up close to exotic and local animals,” she said. “Our first event this summer included a 6 foot Australian Python, an African Frog and a distant relative to the raccoon, a Guatamuny.”

Held in partnership with Wildlife Encounters, the free event begins at 2 p.m.

For more information about these events or the many others on the NH Heritage Museum Trail, visit the website.

Comprised of 17 museums, the NH Heritage Museum Trail is divided into the Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes Regions with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.

Busy July for Merrimack Valley Region on NH Heritage Museum Trail

In July, the NH Heritage Museum Trail will feature numerous family-friendly events in its Merrimack Valley branch.

On Saturday, July 20, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester will hold Twilight at the Currier 3rd annual summer block party. The entire museum will be open at no charge.

The free, family-friendly event, open to all ages, will include both indoor and outdoor activities related to the exhibition, Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar. There will be a community art project based on guitars, face-painting, an LED hoop performer, many food trucks, and a beer and wine tent.

Music will be provided by Way Up South, whose sound weaves together southern, blues, country, jazz, and Americana rock.

“Block parties are a great excuse for neighbors to get together and have some fun,” said Alan Chong, director, Currier Museum of Art. “We invite all of our neighbors – from across the whole state – to stop by to see our art and our exhibitions, listen to some great music, and get their families involved in some creative activities.”

On Tuesday, July 23, Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury will kick off its Arts Week, which will conclude on Saturday, August 3.

During the two-week-long event, visitors may experience everything from art workshops to dance, music performances, and more.

“Creativity thrives here,” said Canterbury Shaker Village Interim Executive Director Maggie Stier. “Innovation was so important to the Shakers, and the setting seems to encourage that today, too – whether it’s observing, interacting, or making something yourself.”

For more information on the many activities offered during Arts Week visit shakers.org.

On Saturday, July 27 in Manchester, Millyard Museum will offer an educational tour of Manchester Hebrew Cemetery.

Through an in-depth tour presented by local historians Richard Duckoff and Matt Labbe, visitors will learn about Jewish history and Manchester heritage.

In speaking on these and various other events in the Merrimack Valley portion of The Trail in July, President Jeff Barraclough said they combine the “perfect amount of education and fun.”

“Visitors will gain historical knowledge without even feeling like they are learning,” he said. “These experiences are fun and educational for the whole family.”

“Lakes Region Branch of NH Heritage Museum Trail gearing up for busy July

In Wolfeboro in the Lakes Region branch of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, July will feature many fun opportunities for all ages.

At New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM), Executive Director Martha Cummings said the New England Vintage Boat and Car Auction on Saturday, July 13 is one of their biggest events.

“It’s a lot of fun to be able to see boats, cars, kayaks and unique collectibles you won’t find anywhere else,” she said. “It’s a great day for everyone.”

On Sunday, July 14 at Family Day, Wright Museum will feature WWII re-enactors, children story-telling, rides in military vehicles, face-painting and more.

“This is a fun day that gets the entire town involved,” said museum Executive Director Mike Culver. “There is so much to see and do at The Wright and throughout town this special day.

At The Libby Museum of Natural History on Saturday, July 27, visitors (teens and adults) can enjoy a unique combination of art and nature at Wildlife Sketching Class, taught by artist Stephanie Ayers.

“This class is a fun community event where you can learn to draw real animals like a polar bear, moose, or fisher cat from the taxidermy collection housed at the museum,” said Executive Director Alana Albee. “Right now, we have a 14-year old and an 84 year-old signed up. This is a nice way to get the whole family together to try something different.”

According to Trail President Jeff Barraclough, the entire Trail is “full of fun, family friendly activities.”

“My hope is that people look to us for not just history, but a fun time for the whole family this summer,” he said. “Celebrating our ‘heritage’ can be fun.”

Upcoming events in Seacoast Region on NH Heritage Museum Trail

In June, there is plenty to see and do in the Seacoast Region on the NH Heritage Museum Trail.

USS Albacore Museum
On Saturday, June 1 at the USS Albacore Museum in Portsmouth, visitors can view the new museum gallery representing this year’s theme, “Portsmouth Built Submarines.”

The Museum Gallery Opening, featuring the USS Albacore, USS Squalus, USS Thresher and USS Jack, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

New to the museum this year is the USS Dolphin. While the Albacore has long been known for its submerged speed capability, the USS Dolphin is known for its ability to dive the deepest.

To learn more visit, www.ussalbacore.org.

American Independence Museum
In Exeter, the American Independence Museum’s HUZZAH! Family Workshop Series will feature Colonial Games on Thursday, June 13.

The Colonial Games Workshop will allow children to play different 18th century games as well as create their own board games and take them home.

The “HUZZAH!” program series is geared towards children six and older and their families. The sessions take place at Folsom Tavern in Exeter on select Thursdays in June from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 per non-member child and $5 per member child.

To learn more about this event or other events in the “HUZZAH!” series, visit www.independencemuseum.org.

Discover Portsmouth: Portsmouth Historical Society
On Thursday, June 20, Portsmouth Historical Society will welcome “Folk Art and American Modernism,” presented by Paul D’Ambrosio, as part of its 2019 Folk Art Lecture Series.

As President and CEO of Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmer’s Art Museum, Inc. in Cooperstown, New York, D’Ambrosio is a leading scholar of American folk art and widely published author.

The Lecture will consist of a discussion regarding folk art and modern artists of the early twentieth century, such as Charles Sheeler, Elie Nadelman, Marguerite Zorach and others.

D’Ambrosio will also examine the influence of Hamilton Easter Field and the Ogunquit School in the early collecting of American folk art.

The event will take place between 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Middle Street in Portsmouth. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

Busy June for Lakes Region on NH Heritage Museum Trail

Featuring seven cultural institutions, the Lakes Region branch of the NH Heritage Museum Trail is gearing for a busy 2019 season with a full calendar of events in June.

One highlight is Spring On The Farm on Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth. At this event on the museum’s historic grounds, attendees can experience up-close meet and greets with goat-kids, lambs, sheep, piglets and a calf. Other farmyard activities include Farm Olympics, making hand-churned butter, an herbal remedies Boo-Boo Station, crafts, face painting and more.

“We call this our cutest event of the year,” said Dawne Gilpatrick, marketing coordinator at the museum. “With adorable baby animals and our beautiful fresh-air setting, it’s a pretty special way to celebrate spring.”

On Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm will host its annual New Hampshire Appreciation Day.

“We are so thankful for the support shown to the museum by the people of New Hampshire,” added Gilpatrick. “Offering free admission to year-round residents is one way we can show our gratitude. We look forward to a fantastic turnout that day.”

In nearby Wolfeboro, Wright Museum will host Comedy Night with Tom Hayes as headliner. Performing everywhere from comedy clubs to corporations, clinics and classrooms, Hayes is a nationally recognized comedian, magician, impostor, writer, entrepreneur, and motivational and keynote speaker.

“We are thrilled to have Tom here,” said Wright Museum Executive Director Mike Culver. “it should be a lot of fun.”

On Saturday, June 29, the New Hampshire Boat Museum opens for its season, an occasion punctuated by big news.

“We are in the midst of an ambitious Capital Campaign and hope to break ground on a new facility in downtown Wolfeboro in the near future,” said Executive Director Martha Cummings. “Our current facility will have a new roof put on by then and we plan expanded programs throughout the summer. We are excited for a big year.”

Other highlights in June include kids programs and art exhibits at The Libby in Wolfeboro, music nights and open air landscape art at Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, and more.

“There is so much to see, do and experience on The Trail in June,” said Cummings. “You won’t go home disappointed.”

Upcoming events in Merrimack Valley Region on NH Heritage Museum Trail

Located in Merrimack Valley on the NH Heritage Museum Trail, New Hampshire Historical Society and Canterbury Shaker Village feature events in April and May expected to attract many visitors.

New Hampshire Historical Society
At the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, visitors can take Guided Gallery Tours led by a staff member or volunteer docent. These tours are available on Friday, April 19 and May 17, and Saturday, April 13 and May 11.

Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages.

One highlight at the Society this year includes Discovering New Hampshire, a long-term exhibition in the main gallery organized around five key themes to illustrate how material items link us with our past.

In Signs of the Times, a new exhibit that runs through October 19, visitors will see an array of advertising, political, informational and directional signs. These signs range from a toll sign for the Cornish Bridge, dated 1796, to a 1920s advertising sign for the “honest” brand of underwear and hosiery manufactured by the Contoocook Mills Corporation in Hillsborough.

To learn more, including times for Guided Gallery Tours, visit nhhistory.org.

Canterbury Shaker Village
At Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, Heifer Parade and Opening Day will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00-4:00pm.

Beginning at 11:00 am, parade activities include maypole dancing, outdoor barn dancing, and make-your-own head wreaths and May cards.In honor of their 50th anniversary as an incorporated museum, a maple sapling will be planted in Meeting House Lane at 1:30pm.

Self-guided exhibits will open, while guided tours will be available for $10 per person at 11:00am and 2:00pm.

On Saturday, May 11, Canterbury Shaker Village will host the 12th Annual XC 5k in which participants may choose to run or walk the course on the its nearly 700 acres of fields, woods, pastures, and millponds.

Prizes and complimentary refreshments will be provided at the completion of the race. This is the fourth race in the Northeast Delta Dental Capital Area Race Series (CARS).

To learn more about either event, visit shakers.org.

About the NH Heritage Museum Trail
Comprised of 17 museums, the NH Heritage Museum Trail is divided into the Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes Regions with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.

NH Heritage Museum Trail Celebrates the Holidays

The holidays are a busy time for museums in the Merrimack Valley branch of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, highlighted by Canterbury Shaker Village’s Christmas at Canterbury, which take place on Saturdays, December 8 and 15.

Designed for families, the events include a magic show, model trains, cookie decorating, holiday card-making, live music, and visits with ‘Father Christmas.’ Caroling with the Canterbury Singers and an outdoor tree-lighting conclude each evening outside the historic Shaker Schoolhouse.

“Christmas at Canterbury is a wonderful way to start a new family tradition or do something different on date night,” said Executive Director Susan Bennett.

In addition, one-hour candlelight tours will be offered on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, December 6, 7 and 9, and Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14. Reservations are strongly recommended.

“People love being at Shaker Village in early winter to experience the peaceful beauty of this hillside and see the simple decorations and twinkling lights in the historic buildings,” added Bennett. “Holiday picture-taking is encouraged with festive locations in both indoor and outdoor settings.”

For more information, including times and prices, visit shakers.org.

In Manchester at the Currier Museum of Art, several holiday themed events will take place, including Caroling in the Galleries on Saturday, December 8 from noon to 1:30 pm. At this event, visitors will be greeted by caroling, courtesy of Manchester Choral Society. New Hampshire residents enjoy free admission from 10 am to noon through a partnership with the Botnick Family Foundation and E&R Laundry and Dry Cleaning.

Music & Mimosas: Brunch at the Currier takes place on Sunday, December 9. At this monthly event, made more festive during the holidays, visitors may enjoy a continental station, made-to-order omelets, pancakes, French toast and other classic breakfast and lunch offerings while entertained by local musicians. A special ARTtalk occurs after brunch.

At Noon Year’s Eve Party on Monday, December 31, visitors may ring in the New Year a few hours early. Activities will include family-friendly, art-making activity, face painting, live entertainment and more. The celebration will end with bubble-wrap fireworks and a huge balloon drop.

For more information about any of these or other events, visit currier.org.
On Saturday, December 1 at the Millyard Museum in Manchester, two events take place with Holiday Open House expecting Santa in attendance. In addition, the free event will feature holiday storytelling, raffles, board games, refreshments and more.

Holiday Open House will take place at the same time as American Girl Doll Tea Party in which children will take a tour of the Millyard Museum through the eyes of an American Girl. The tour will be followed by refreshments and crafts.

For more information, visit manchesterhistoric.org.

Comprised of 17 museums, the NH Heritage Museum Trail is divided into the Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes regions with stops in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.

Holiday Happenings on NH Heritage Museum Trail

In the Lakes Region portion of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, Castle in the Clouds will celebrate its popular annual Christmas at the Castle program, which begins on Friday, November 16 with a Preview Party.

At this Preview Party, sponsored by Lifetime Benefits Group, visitors will get a first glimpse of the Castle with rooms decorated by local businesses and designers inspired by a theme of “Holidays Around the World.”

“There will be décor inspired by holiday traditions in Japan, Germany, Mexico and more,” said Castle Curator Robin Sherman.

She said incorporating other cultural traditions throughout the Castle pays homage to the appreciation that the Lucknow Estate’s original owners, Tom and Olive Plant, had for the wider world.

“We are excited to merge the history of the estate with the traditions of other countries and hope our guests enjoy experiencing these other cultures in an immersive and beautiful way,” she said.

All proceeds from the Preview Party will support the preservation and interpretation of the Lucknow Estate (Castle), which is now listed on the United States National Registry of Historic Places.

The holiday festivities continue on November 17 and 18 and the following weekend, November 23 to 25.

“Christmas at the Castle is one of the best events of the year for families and children,” said Stephanie Poole, programs and volunteer coordinator. “In addition to touring the Castle , guests may enjoy free activities in the Carriage House, including children’s holiday crafts, a visit with Santa Claus, cookies and hot cocoa, and an artisan fair.”

Featuring many NH-made items, such as candles, soaps, children’s toys, jewelry, cutlery and more, The Gift Shop will be open during Christmas at the Castle. Lunch will also be available at The Carriage House Restaurant.

Christmas at the Castle is supported by presenting sponsor, Infinger Insurance, and supporting sponsor, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts Public Accountants.

Noting this is just one of several holiday events throughout all three branches of the The Trail, Mike Culver, who serves as its president, said he hopes locals come see what visitors to already know.

“The Trail is about more than history,” he said. “We represent heritage and culture, and that includes nature, art and so much more. It’s a place for people of all ages.”

Comprised of 17 museums divided into three branches–Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and the Lakes Region–The Trail includes stopis in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.

To learn more about Christmas at the Castle, visit castleintheclouds.org.

Behind the exhibits on the NH Heritage Museum Trail

At any given member institution on the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail, visitors are apt to encounter exhibits that touch on art, war, and themes that touch on the urban landscape, agriculture and more.

According to Mike Culver, president of The Trail and executive director of the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, an exhibit is much more than “a static display of historical artifacts.”

“Our first consideration is always the purpose of the exhibition,” he said. “Since education is the primary objective for any museum, our first consideration should always be: ‘How is what we are creating impacting and enhancing our educational mission?’”

Upon answering this question, he said what follows are the content and then aesthetics of an exhibit, each of which are “profoundly interwoven.”

At the American Independence Museum in Exeter, Executive Director Emma Bray said they are currently in the “unique and exciting position” to reinterpret all their permanent exhibition spaces.

“We are thoughtfully considering what story we want to tell and what the visitor takes away from their experience,” she said. “Perhaps it’s a new piece of information, or a spark to learn more about a topic.”

Noting there is a wealth of research on museum visitation about how different types of learners engage with museums, Bray said they are trying to provide as many opportunities for engagement as possible. This engagement is encouraged, she said, through traditional labels, digital interactives, and physical interactives.

“The interactives are still a work in progress, but we’re in an exciting phase of development and exploration,” she added.

For Culver, who noted they are also currently incorporating interactives into their exhibit spaces, it is important to “grab a visitor’s attention” almost immediately.

“This can be done in various ways – colors, images, sounds, but usually there is a combination of all of these elements,” he explained. “People learn in different ways–some by sight, some by text, some by the spoken word.”

Once they are drawn to the exhibit, he said visitors “unconsciously choose how they best learn and what they will ignore.”

“‘Bell and whistles’ may get them there, but it is the content they choose to absorb that will go home with them,” he said.

At the American Independence Museum, Bray said their hope is that their exhibits inspire visitors to learn more about the nation’s struggle for independence and its relevance to today.

“Civic engagement is another important outcome we hope to achieve,” she added.

Noting Wright Museum’s mission is to also demonstrate the relevance of a particular part of history–in their case, WWII–Culver said a well-designed exhibit results from “countless hours of study and planning.”

“You have to make sure the content is ‘king’ and worthy of visitors’ attention,” he said. “The exhibit must move them intellectually, emotionally, and creatively, so that they leave your museum wanting to know more and feel destined to explore topics on their own.”

Bray agreed and added, “Designing an exhibit is a wonderful challenge–and it is worth the effort when you see people experience those ‘aha’ moments.”

In total, 17 museums make up the NH Heritage Museum Trail, which is broken down into three branches: Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lake Region. Stops on The Trail include Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.

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.