The Woodman Museum’s Centennial Celebration which took place on Saturday, July 23, 2016 was, by all accounts, a “rip-roaring” success. Despite the torrential rains, shattering thunder, and epic lighting, all the seats were filled by friends and supporters of the Museum. Emcee Cliff Blake, Board of Trustees president Dave Dupont, executive director Wes LaFountain, and Centennial Committee member David Watters, among others, expertly navigated through the program, expressing hearth-felt thank you to the staff, members, supporters, and volunteers as well as Centennial Committee chair Noreen Biehl, and committee members. A proclamation recognizing the dedicated commitment of retiring curator Thom Hindle was warmly accepted, and Ed Whitehouse was recognized for his establishment of the library and associated cataloging work. Wes LaFountain outlined the vision for the Museum, and unveiled the new Learning Lab initiative, where state-of-the-art technology will bring the Wonders of the Woodman Museum to all visitors, including those who may not be able to maneuver to the many upstairs exhibition areas.
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The Woodman Museum is grateful to the many sponsors of the Centennial Celebration Gala, including the Benefactor level sponsors: Reylco; D.F. Richard Energy; and Federal Savings Bank. For a complete list of other community business partners, click here.
Thurs., July 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Discover the Ocean with the UNH Marine Docents
Sat., July 30, 10:30 a.m. – 2016 Historic Walking Tours: Historic Homes Tour
Sat., July 30, 7 p.m. – Windows of Time Speaker Series: Gundalow to Container Ships: A Story of People, Ships, and Stuff by Dr. Jeffrey Bolster
Tues., August 2, 6-9 p.m. – Under the Tent Sip and Paint with Refined Art
Sat., August 6, 10:30 a.m. – 2016 Historic Walking Tours: Cemetery Tour
Sat., August 6, 7 p.m. – Windows of Time Speaker Series with Dr. Siobhan Senier
Sun. August 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Last exhibition day of Honest Injun: A Native Perspective; Recent Work by George Longfish
Thurs., August 11, 7 p.m. – Windows of Time Speaker Series: Where the Wild Geese Landed: The Sullivans, New Hampshire’s First Family by Douglas A. MacLennan
Sat., August 13, 10:30 a.m. – 2016 Historic Walking Tours: Downtown Tour
Sat., August 13, 7 p.m.- Windows of Time Speaker Series: Appledore Island at the Isles of Shoals: From a Block of Ice to a Rock of Knowledge with Dr. James Coyer
Sun., August 14, 4-6 p.m. – 7th Settlement Beer Tasting
Sat., August 20, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 2016 Historic Walking Tours: Downtown Tour
Sat., August 27, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 2016 Historic Walking Tours: Historic Homes Tour
On the left are tools used by Joseph S. Abbott (1831—1901) to harvest giant blocks of ice from Dover’s frozen rivers. They include saws, tongs, and breaker-bar chisels. This was in the days before refrigeration so ice was essential…and profitable. Abbott harvested over 8,000 tons of ice annually from the Upper Cochecho. He also supplied hay and bedding, owned a granite quarry in Durham, and a heavy teaming business. He supplied granite for the #1 Cocheco mill, Sawyer Woolen Mills, and the Masonic Temple. Abbott was chief engineer and driver of steam engine #4 at the Orchard Street Fire Station. This engine was later renamed the ‘Joseph S. Abbott.’
This highlighted item from the collection is featured in conjunction with the Woodman Museum’s Centennial Celebration. Each day, for 100 days, Foster’s Daily Democrat spotlights one of the many treasures on view in the Museum. To see each day’s new item, visit the website devoted to this series. This project is made possible with support from Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller, and Durkin, PA (BBCRD); Dupont’s Service Center; and Tasker Funeral Service.
Presented by the Woodman Museum, Discover the Ocean with the UNH Marine Docents brings marine science to visitors of all ages and offers many hands-on activities. Meet sea stars, crabs, and other creatures that live on our rocky shore. Learn interesting facts about lobsters, octopuses and marine mammals. Discover something new about our Great Bay Estuary habitats, seaweed we find on our beaches, and so much more! The event is free to attendees, and a $5 discounted admission cost per person is available to visit the Woodman Museum. Join us for this fun-filled day of exploration!
Join us for the first lecture of the Windows of Time Speaker Series, Gundalow to Container Ships: A Story of People, Ships, and Stuff by Dr. Jeffrey Bolster, professor of history, Department of History, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire: Presented as part of the Woodman Museum’s Centennial Celebration. $7 per person, free to Woodman Museum members. Reservations suggested by calling 603/742-1038 Wednesdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Join us for this Under the Tent Sip and Paint event with Refined Art and delectable food by Shawn Gagne of Small Potatoes Catering Services. $50 per person. Pre-registration suggested. Call (603) 742-1038 Wednesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Join us for live music and beer tasting under the tent at the Woodman Museum. $5 admission fee (to event only – regular admission fees apply for visitors to the Woodman Museum)
The Woodman Museum recently received a Community Development Block Grant of $45,000 from the City of Dover for its work on ADA compliance (Americans with Disabilities Act) across its four historic buildings.
The Americans with Disabilities Act mandates that public spaces are navigable by all audiences, including wheelchair accessible buildings and accommodations for these individuals. The Woodman Museum is making several efforts to make this possible across its campus, including the removal of barriers to each of the four houses (steps, steep grades and narrow walkways) and the building of ramps in accordance with federal guidelines. As a result, all audience members will have access to at least the first floor of all four Woodman buildings.
Read more here.
The work of Seneca/Tuscorora artist George Longfish are presented in a new exhibition now open at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman Museum in Dover, NH. Honest Injun: A Native Perspective; Recent Work by George Longfish features nearly two dozen recent works. The exhibition is on view through Sunday, August 7, 2016. and is open to the public free of charge.
For more information, click here.
Image: George Longfish, Power Glove and Game Boy Meet Kicking Bear on Their Journey Looking for the Yellow Brick Road, 36″ x 42″
Discover Dover, NH’s rich history told through stories of its settlers, industrialists, and merchant class while taking part in the 2016 Historic Walking Tours of the city. The tours offer participants an opportunity to explore the historic, social, cultural, and economic development of the area by choosing a physical location in which to explore – the downtown area; historic homes and architecture; or the Pine Hill Cemetery. Each tour runs for approximately 90-minutes, offering participants an opportunity to focus on a particular area of interest.
The 2016 Historic Walking Tours run through September, 2016. The cost for each tour is $10 per person (includes one half-price admission pass to the Woodman Museum – valid during the 2016 season), $25 per family of four. Reservations are suggested, but not required, and can be made by calling (603) 742 – 1038. Walking shoes and water bottles are recommended. For a complete schedule click here.
If you would like to become a volunteer tour guide for Dover’s 2016 Historic Walking Tours, please contact the Woodman Museum at (603)742-1038.
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