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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.

 

Programs by Strawbery Banke Museum

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A Visitor from the Past: Meet with an Historical Roleplayer

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...

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Coming to America: A Jewish Family's Legacy through Primary Sources

How can we piece together the story of someone’s life who lived over 100 years ago?  Using an ordinary family who immigrated to America around the turn of the 20th Century, students will discover the abundance of evidence that can come from unique...

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Dear Aunt Mary: Uncovering 19-century Women's History

The further back in history you go, the harder it is to find women’s stories told in their own voices. Through an examination of source materials, including letters, probate records and ledgers, participants will gain an understanding of how...

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From Festival to Feast: A History of Thanksgiving

Do your students like to play games and use their imaginations?  Take them on a time traveling adventure to learn all about how the holiday of Thanksgiving has been celebrated by the Abenaki people and the early colonists to Victorian Americans...

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Hidden Histories: Finding Enslaved Voices in 18th-century New England

Enslaved people are often invisible in the historical record unless they step outside of their expected roles.  Analyze an array of sources including court records, run-away ads and broadside advertisements to learn how enslaved people can be...

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History Explorers: Daily Life in Colonial America

Using games, videos, discussion and imagination; this program will keep kids engaged as they learn all about daily life in Colonial times.  Compare and contrast cooking, dress, transportation and education to discover how their lives are similar...

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History Underground: How Archaeologists Use Primary Sources

Many archaeological sites are hidden in plain sight, buried over time! Learn how archaeologists use historic documents, first person accounts, and high-tech tools to figure out where to dig. Make your best guess -- and then see what archaeologists...

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Now and Long Ago: A Introduction to Change Over Time

Designed to help younger students build an understanding of the past, participants use an interactive timeline and a series of guessing games to begin to understand the concept of different generations and how things changed over time.

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Setting Up Shop: Colonization and the Early Economy

A perfect introduction to colonization, this program uses games, discussion and critical thinking to explore life in Colonial New England.  Topics include the relationship between Indigenous people and English colonists, the use of natural...

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More About This Provider

Type of Organization

Arts/Cultural/Museum

Contact

Rebecca Coppola   bcoppola@sbmuseum.org
Strawbery Banke Museum
Portsmouth NH 03801-4674
6034227541
United States

www.strawberybanke.org

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Strawbery Banke Museum cover:

Social Studies/History