Treehouse School of Portsmouth Pre-School Students Unveil StoryWalk® at Strawbery Banke Museum
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PORTSMOUTH—Lawrence J. Yerdon, president and CEO of Strawbery Banke Museum, and Anne Weidman, trustee, lead the Treehouse School of Portsmouth pre-school students in a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Good Morning, Strawbery Banke StoryWalk® at the Museum on Nov. 12.
Launched as part of National Children’s Book Week (Nov 8-14), the StoryWalk® at Strawbery Banke reproduced pages from the children’s book Good Morning, Strawbery Banke, written and illustrated by Wickie Rowland, on weather-resistant signs located around the grounds of Strawbery Banke. Children, adults, and families are invited to read Good Morning, Strawbery Banke, page-by-page, while walking the grounds of the Museum, free of charge, through April 2022.
Rowland’s book, Good Morning, Strawbery Banke, follows the story of J.D., a black cat who roams the 10-acre living history museum and walks through different perspectives and ways of life, from historic to modern. The story begins with the first sign located outside of the TYCO Visitors Center at 14 Hancock St.
The StoryWalk® at Strawbery Banke is inspired by The StoryWalk® Project created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vt. and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Mrs. Ferguson. Since its inception, StoryWalk® projects have been installed in 50 states and 13 countries.
“In addition to Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, the Good Morning, Strawbery Banke StoryWalk® project is a wonderful additional Winter Portsmouth activity occurring at the Museum,” said Weidman. “Inviting families to enjoy all that Strawbery Banke has to offer year-round is a part of a larger movement by The Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth to better activate Portsmouth as a winter city. Strawbery Banke is excited to be a partner for Winter Portsmouth and play an integral role.”
“The StoryWalk® Project is a perfect fit for the mission of Strawbery Banke,” said Yerdon. “The Museum constantly works towards making local history engaging and accessible for all ages. Additionally, this project provides another opportunity for families to gather outdoors and enjoy Strawbery Banke as a year-round destination.”
For information about the Good Morning, Strawbery Banke StoryWalk® Project, visit StrawberyBanke.org/StoryWalk.cfm
About Strawbery Banke Museum:
Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, is a 10-acre history museum interpreting over 300 years of history, from Indigenous history to the present day, through historical houses on their original foundations, heirloom gardens, traditional crafts, and costumed roleplayers who share the stories of the families who lived in the authentic waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock. The Museum welcomes visitors, members, schoolchildren, and volunteers for daily programs, exhibits, skating, and signature special events throughout the year.
Strawbery Banke Museum is funded in part by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & National Endowment for the Arts; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom; the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. For more information and a complete calendar of events, please visit StrawberyBanke.org