The latest news releases and media stories from the Woodman Museum can be found below.
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The Woodman Museum has received a $6,000 grant award from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) to support its efforts to strategically assess and identify problems and necessary architectural improvements at the Woodman House (built in 1818), one of four buildings on the museum campus. The grant will also subsidize researching best practice methodology for the renovation, repair or replacement of identified problem areas.
The LCHIP planning grant, a $6,000 matched donation, will enable the Woodman Museum to produce a comprehensive Historic Building Assessment for the circa 1818 Woodman House, a fine example of Federal Style architecture. The Woodman House currently houses one of the largest Civil War memorabilia collections in New England—as well as an extensive taxidermy collection that includes presently extinct species. Visitors to the Woodman can also explore its substantial mineral and fossil collection as well as military artifacts from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam Conflict. Funds will be used to assess priority projects, from HVAC to aging electrical systems that threaten the building and the collections therein. A Historic Building Assessment will enable Woodman Museum trustees to craft an appropriate plan of action to preserve the Woodman House and safeguard its treasures for years to come.
The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is an independent state authority that provides matching grants to New Hampshire communities and non-profits to protect and preserve the state’s most important natural, cultural and historic resources. Its legislatively mandated mission is to ensure the perpetual contribution of these resources to the economy, environment, and quality of life in New Hampshire. Since its inception in 2000, the program has provided 385 grants which have helped to conserve more than 279,000 acres of land for food production, water quality, ecological values, timber management and recreation including hunting and fishing and supported 241 projects to rehabilitate historic structures and sites. Grants have been awarded in all parts of the state and in 153 of New Hampshire’s communities. Forty million dollars of state money have leveraged more than $280 million in funds from other sources. LCHIP grants are supported by fees on four documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds in every county of the state.
For more information about LCHIP, visit lchip.org.
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The Woodman is hosting the Dover Chamber Business Open House on Tuesday, December 19 from 5-7pm. Food and beverage will be provided. To RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dovernh.org/bizopenhouse.
Join us at Ember Wood Fire Grill (the site of the old firehouse) at 6pm on Nov. 16 for a chance to support the Woodman Museum. Director of Dover Public Library and Woodman trustee Cathy Beaudoin will be giving a talk about the various historical fires that have ravaged our city. A portion of sales will be graciously donated by Ember to support the Woodman as it segues into its 102nd season. To learn more about Ember Wood Fire Grill, please visit http://emberwoodfiregrill.com/. For more information about Dover Public Library events, visit http://www.dover.nh.gov/government/city-operations/library/.
The Woodman is hosting its annual celebration of Veterans Day on the grounds of the museum on November 12 from 12-4pm. The event will feature live reenactors, cannon-firing, guest speakers, fife and drum performances, a color guard presentation and much more! Veterans and family of deployed military personnel receive free admission (normal rates apply for other visitors). For more information, please visit our Facebook event page!
We love educating our visitors about Seacoast history! And we love our area teachers who, year after year, bring their students to Dover’s hidden gem. In appreciation, teachers (and homeschool teachers!) are welcome to enjoy free admission at the Woodman Museum from November 1-5. Guests of teachers receive half-price admission. The museum is open 10-5PM, Wednesday-Sunday. Hope to see you there!
The Woodman is announcing its fifth annual Night at the Museum event, “More Voices from the Cemetery,” to be held at the picturesque Pine Hill Cemetery on the weekend of October 13-14. Join us for a celebration of some of Dover’s most famous, noteworthy and notorious residents. Live actors and actresses will play out vignettes and scenes from the lives of generations past. To find out more, please visit: http://woodmanmuseum.org/natm2017/. To reserve your tickets for the event, please click here.
Come join the Woodman Museum for its 21st Annual Antique and Classic Auto and Motorcycle Show!
The Woodman Museum is hosting its annual Classic Car Show on September 24, 2017 (rain date: October 1) from 12-4pm. To register your vehicle, please click here.
For those interested in live music and craft beer, the Woodman, along with 7th Settlement Brewery (http://www.7thsettlement.com/) is announcing the third annual “Beer & Music on the Grounds of the Woodman Museum,” to be held on August 20 (4-7pm). Food, along with the four varieties of craft beer, will also be available for purchase on-site. Organizer Mike Day, the Woodman’s Director of Operations, is particularly excited to welcome back performers Reverend Todd Seely and The Bog Standard from previous events. The Bog Standard is a three-piece band of very talented locals who play sea shanties and pirate music. Our other performer, Dover’s Reverend Todd Seely, is a former Boston-based punk rocker who has released three albums to date.
The event will be Sunday, August 20th from 4pm to 7pm. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds from the evening’s event will go towards the museum’s many collection- and facilities-related projects.
The Woodman Museum will participate in the festivities at the Cochecho Arts Festival at 6pm on July 28, 2017, with live music by the international dance music performers of Kalifa & Koliba. Don’t miss it–it’s an excellent chance for the museum to raise funds for its 2017 projects! Find out more about the Cochecho Arts Festival here. The event is sponsored by Dupont’s Service Center and Dos Amigos Burritos of Dover.