2017 Calendar  


Ash Street Repair photo by Alex Quesada

April 25, 2017
The Clock Watching Over Us− Amazing New Hampshire Tower Clocks & The Hampton Town Clock Project

Philip D’Avanza, Owner of D’Avanza Clock Repair,
Goffstown, NH
Elizabeth Aykroyd, Hampton Town Clock Project Committee

Tower and church clocks have watched over our communities for generations and serve as focal points for town centers. These clock mechanisms may be rarely seen, but are appreciated by those who have the opportunity to explore their design and history. Discover the skill and passion required to keep these fascinating time machines working and learn what the future holds for their preservation.

The history of Hampton’s Town Clock, its partial destruction in a 1990 fire and the 25-year effort to restore it, culminating in its return to working condition and installation in a new clock tower will be presented.

Oedel Gaines
Penhallow House in its location on Washington St., early 20th century

May 23, 2017
Discovering the Resource: The Multi-Disciplinary Restoration of Strawbery Banke's Penhallow House
Lawrence Yerdon, President & CEO
Elizabeth Farish, Chief Curator, Strawbery Banke
Alix Martin, Archaeologist
John Schnitzler, Restoration Carpenter

In preparation for rehabilitation of the circa 1750 Penhallow House, the structure is being investigated from multiple perspectives. Originally located at the corner of Court & Pleasant Streets, it has stood on Washington St. since 1862. Built as a single family home, for a time Penhallow included a store/office before being converted to a multi-family dwelling. In researching its residents, museum staff has focused on the African-American inhabitants of the mid-20th century. The house, which is on the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, was the home of Samuel Penhallow, town clerk during the years of the slave trade.

Lawrence Yerdon will present the overall project, placing it in the context of the Heritage House Program, an initiative in which the museum rehabilitates under-utilized space to provide commercial/residential rental opportunities, generating income for the preservation of buildings. Elizabeth Farish will introduce the one-time residents and place the house within the greater Washington St. neighborhood. Alix Martin will review the 2016 field school, display significant artifacts uncovered and present plans for ongoing investigations. John Schnitzler will share his discoveries in the house, pointing out original material and how the structure and construction techniques have changed over time.


June 13, 2017
The Architectural History of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Kerry Vautrot, Cultural Resources Manager for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Public Works Department– Maine.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, established June 12, 1800 during the administration of President John Adams, is the U.S. Navy's oldest continuously operating shipyard. Its architectural fabric represents more than 200 years of pre- and post- Navy development (the Piscataqua region’s shipbuilding tradition reaches back to the late 17th century and extends to the present day era of submarines). This lecture will include a review of historic and modern imagery to illustrate the breadth of architectural resources that existed in the past and those extant today. The work of noted architects and engineers, including Alexander Parris, B.F. Chandler and W.M.F. Poindexter, will be highlighted.

James Garvin


September 19, 2017
Resurrecting the Moffatt-Ladd House Parlor
Barbara Mclean Ward, Director/Curator, Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden

The parlor of the Moffatt-Ladd House, one of the country’s finest Georgian mansions, is undergoing a refurbishment. Built overlooking the Piscataqua River circa 1760-63 by John Moffatt, the house was home for nearly 150 years to six generations of the same family including William Whipple, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War General. Its furnishings include many elegant high-style examples of Portsmouth-made and owned furniture, as well as the best of 18th century taste in portraits, ceramics and other decorative arts.

Several inventories of the home were taken in the period between the late 1760s and 1789, which help to establish the original furnishings of the house. This talk will discuss the documentation for the early treatment of the Parlor and the process of researching various aspects of the room for the restoration, including physical examination, the comparison with inventories of Moffatt’s contemporaries and friends and other documentation that have informed the plan for restoration. An update on the Parlor’s restoration to date, will be given.





October 17, 2017
New Hampshire Barns of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Chet Riley, Old Barn Enthusiast & Member of the NH Preservation Alliance

Sheltering livestock, equipment and grain, barns were important agricultural structures that played a central role in the early settlement and development of New Hampshire and the region. Now dwindling in number, these historic buildings bear witness to the role of agriculture in the economy and remain as symbols of our cultural heritage, signifying the rural values of hard work, productivity and self-sufficiency.

This discussion of old barns will cover early styles and construction techniques, how barns evolved and how to estimate their ages. The barn preservation movement will also be reviewed, including how to take the steps necessary to stabilize failing structures.

James Garvin
View of High & State Streets, Newburyport, 1839


November 14, 2017
Henry Coit Perkins: Pioneer Photographer

Susan C.S. Edwards, Executive Director & Curator of the Museum of Old Newbury

Henry Coit Perkins (1804-1873) was a native son of Newburyport, Massachusetts. After graduating from Harvard and the Harvard Medical School, he returned to his hometown to practice medicine as a country doctor. In the fall of 1839, he began experimenting with the daguerreotype process, a new photographic technique invented in France, by which he had become fascinated. The process was the first practicable method of obtaining permanent images with a camera and gave rise to the birth of photography as a tool of record, as well as an art form.

This presentation will explore the processes that Perkins used to produce six views of Newburyport that have become recognized as among the earliest daguerreotypes in the United States. Recent research has revealed a full portrait of Perkins and his role in early American photographic history.

Note: One of Perkin’s 1839 views of Newburyport is included in the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition “East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth Century American Landscape Photography,” in Washington, D.C., March 12, 2017 – July 16, 2017 and the New Orleans Museum of Art, October 5, 2017 – January 7, 2018.


Lectures Are Free For Society Members And $10.00 Each For The General Public
All Lectures Take Place At Strawbery Banke Museum’s Tyco Visitor Center, Just Off Of Hancock Street in Portsmouth, NH.
Lectures Start At 5:30 PM With Wine & Cheese Served Before Each Lecture

For further information contact info@pdasociety.org