This spring has been especially busy at the museum.
On April 29, we had an Arbor Day celebration on the Meeting House Green planting two sugar maples and a flowering cherry. The day was full of activity – artists painting, a display of children’s artwork, tree and garden demonstrations, recycling information, lilacs, food and fun. Izak, the goat, who is a familiar sight at seacoast events even made an appearance. Karen Raynes organized the very successful day that all started with her applying for and receiving a grant from the Rye Driftwood Garden Club for the trees.
We have been working on a new exhibit “A Page Out of History”. In conjunction with this, a corresponding program “A Hampton Woman in the Needletrades 1859-1869” will be presented on May 6. Our own Cheryl Lassiter designed the exhibit and wrote the script for the program in which students and society members will take part. (More information can be found on our website hamptonhistoricalsociety.org ). For this program, a number of dresses from our collection of the time period are now on display, thanks to Ann Carnaby owner of Tracy Theatre Originals.
Displays in the Leavitt Barn have been installed in time for our May and June school tours. The workshop is undergoing a purge, and the clothing storage area in the museum has been reorganized. Dave DeGagne Ken Lobdell, Doug Aykroyd, and Ben Moore have been working on those projects through the cold damp spring while Elizabeth Aykroyd, Candy Stellmach, Liz Premo, Biff Grattan and I have found the warmer, indoor jobs cataloguing items and cleaning.
Steven Hurley from Boy Scout troop 177 Hampton Falls, led an Eagle Scout project at the museum. The old cement sidewalks in the front of the museum were torn out and replaced with a beautiful brick walkways.
And this is only the beginning of May!