The Woodman Museum announces its 2018 speaker series, which begins with Allan Breed, who will be presenting a lecture on historic Seacoast furniture. The lecture, which is free to Woodman Museum members, is to be held on August 9 from 5 to 7 pm. The first Speaker Series lecture is sponsored by C&J Bus Lines (https://www.ridecj.com/).
Allan Breed, a native New Englander, is a master carver, cabinetmaker, restorationist and educator. Allan, since working at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston at age 19, received a degree in history and set up his own furniture restoration company. Breed provides his services to museums and collectors across the country. He also teaches and lectures on early cabinetmaking practice, connoisseurship and hand tool cabinetmaking—providing services also to Sotheby’s Christie’s in New York. The Allan Breed School of Woodworking is located in the mills at 1 Front St., Rollinsford, NH.
Beginning in the Woodman House, Breed will provide an overview of New England historic furniture. The tour will then move to the second floor of the Hale House, where Breed will educate listeners about some of the museum’s important furniture artifacts, which date from the mid-1700s to the mid-1800s.
The Woodman Speaker Series will continue on September 20 with a lecture given by Woodman volunteer Paul Timmerman, who will discuss the 1st NH Light Artillery’s involvement during the Civil War.
Please note that due to the stairway at the Hale House, accessibility is necessarily limited. Admission for non-members is $5.