A lecture on The Making of Strawbery Banke will be presented Monday, tomorrow night on May 24th at the Stone School Museum at 7 p.m. by the noted seacoast historian and author J. Dennis Robinson. This lecture is free and open to the public and is the second in the series sponsored by the Newmarket Historical Society.
Local legend says Strawbery Banke Museum began when a Portsmouth librarian gave a rousing speech in 1957. The backstory is a complex tale of progress and urban renewal versus colonial architecture in New Hampshire's only seaport. J. Dennis Robinson will share the history of America's oldest neighborhood and the scenes of the founding years.
Tapping into private letters, unpublished records and personal interviews, he explores the politics of preservation at what Ken Burns calls one of the best history museums in the country. The author looks candidly at mistakes made and lessons learned in this grassroots success story.
The Newmarket Historical Society meets on the fourth Monday of the month, March through October, at 7 p.m. at the Stone School Museum. An informative lecture is scheduled for each meeting and all are free and open to the public.
The Stone School Museum is located high upon Zion's Hill (Granite Street), and is open every Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.,June through August, or by appointment. For more information call 659-7420 or 247-3375.