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Unpack the past on the Seacoast

July 26. 2017 1:11PM
In "Building Detectives," visitors at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth look for historical evidence behind the scenes in a house that has yet to be rehabilitated. 

PORTSMOUTH — Visitors to Strawbery Banke Museum Sunday will have a chance to see the site through new — and old — eyes.

“Strawbery Banke Unpacked” is designed to share how the museum “thinks.” Five one-day programs, to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will highlight elements of the buildings, grounds and stories not usually seen by the public.

Programs on the 10-acre museum campus will include: “Dig Strawbery Banke: A Self-guided Archaeology Tour” of eight locations that are archaeologically important to the museum and Puddle Dock neighborhood; “Building Detectives” workshop, about “reading” a building to learn about the past; “Look Closer,” a microscope-based workshop about using botany and archaeology to recreate historical landscapes; “Unsolved Histories at Rider-Wood,” in which visitors take on the role of curator to explore diaries and letters to see what people ate or what clothes they wore; and “In The Frame,” about using photographs to interpret daily life in the Puddle Dock neighborhood in the early 1900s.

“Each of the different approaches is being considered as a pilot program for future incorporation in regular daily offerings at Strawbery Banke, so we hope to welcome many visitors as well as local members for Strawbery Banke Unpacked,” said Lawrence J. Yerdon, president and chief executive office of Strawbery Banke.

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