A Visitor from the Past: Meet with an Historical Roleplayer

by  Strawbery Banke Museum

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Travel back in time to meet with one of Strawbery Banke Museum’s professional roleplayers. Using photos, objects and questions generated from the audience, a costumed roleplayer will help your group make connections between life in the past and modern times. Time periods include Revolutionary War Era (1777), Era of the New Republic (1795), Industrial Revolution and Victorian America (1870), Immigration during the Progressive Era (1919) and World War II (1943)

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Point to Point: $100.00
Point to Point Premium: $85.00

For schools with students K-12, Strawbery Banke is offering flexible pricing that offers a pay what you can model for the 2020-2021 school year. When registering schools can tell the museum what they can pay (from $0 - $100 per program) and that request will be honored, with no questions asked.

For Homeschool and Life -long Learners: a 50% discount will be given to non-profit organizations


Flexible, 30 - 60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

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Every attempt should be made to cancel a program at least 5 days before the program is scheduled. Any money exchanged will be refunded minus a $20 processing fee.

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Strawbery Banke Museum

Portsmouth, NH
United States

Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 400+ years of American history to life. Strawbery Banke Museum tells the story of the neighborhood called Puddle Dock, surrounding the tidal inlet. This neighborhood grew from seasonal hunting and fishing grounds of Indigenous Abenaki people to a wilderness outpost in the late 1600s and through cycles of maritime prosperity to become a multi-cultural "neighborhood of newcomers."  The museum is known for its first-person historical roleplayers, period gardens and landscapes, making history relevant to the present day and using the lives of ordinary Americans to tell extraordinary stories.

Rebecca Coppola

Program Details


1. A facilitator welcomes the group.
2. Using pictures and images, the facilitator introduces the group to the museum, the roleplayer and the time period to be discussed
3. A costumed roleplayer joins the group and begins by telling some details of their life.
4. A roleplayer continues the conversation using authentic stories, reproduction objects and discussion with the group
5. Throughout the program, the facilitator will invite questions from the audience to lead the conversation or ask leading questions themselves to help guide the roleplayer to certain topics if requested
6. The program concludes at the agreed upon time or when the group has no more questions.


The participants will:
-gain a historical perspective about certain time periods or events by simulating a discussion with someone from the past.
-use inquiry and curiosity to learn about their own interests about the past
-compare and contrast their lives today with the lives of people living in a different historical time
-practice generating questions, listening to others and being part of a conversation