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2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS*

JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER

This year marks the 200th anniver­sary of Jonathan Warner’s death in 1814, and the Warner House will cel­e­brate Warner’s life by hon­or­ing the bicen­ten­nial of his death with spe­cial talks, pro­grams and exhibits. Join us as we pay our respects to the man Charles W. Brewster called one of the last of the cocked hats.  All events are at the Warner House unless otherwise noted. 

 



 

MAY

Be fabulous to the Warner House in May!  Shop all month long at the Fabulous Find, 139 Route 1, Kittery, Maine, and all the proceeds will benefit the Warner House, Portsmouth Athenæum and Wentworth-Lear House.   In the midst of spring cleaning? Bring your items to the Fabulous Find for another way you can help support this worthy cause! The money raised will go toward the Warner House LCHIP fund.

The Fab­u­lous Find describes itself as a “bou­tique style” thrift store, with higher qual­ity cloth­ing, home acces­sories, music and books. 

For more information on the Fabulous Find, check out its Facebook page, and while you are there, please become a fan!

 


 

JUNE 1, SUNDAY, OPENING DAY

Welcome to the Warner House’s 82nd season as a museum. The Association first opened the house in 1932.

 


 

JUNE 14, SATURDAY, MARKET SQUARE DAY

12 p.m. — 4 p.m.

Explore the first floor of the Warner House for free.

 


 

JUNE 15, SUNDAY, FATHER’S DAY

Fathers enjoy a complimentary tour of the house. 

 


 

JUNE 21, SATURDAY, COSTUMED TEA

11 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Join us at the Warner House for tea, treats and a tour of the Grande Dame of Daniel Street.  Dress in the costume of your choice.  Cost is $5. RSVP by June 15 to (603) 4365909 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 

JUNE 22, SUNDAY, MEMBERSPARTY

PIER SUPPORT GROUP

4 p.m. — 6 p.m.

Tour the Warner House with Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair Kerry Vautrot as she presents the scope of the forthcoming LCHIP project.  Click here for more on the LCHIP grant.  Get hands on as Kerry guides you directly to the much-needed work.  You will go from the bottom to the top of the Warner House, so bring your flashlight and wear comfortable shoes.  On the tour, you will see some of our most pressing needs such as the basement piers and the cupola windows. 

Refreshments will be served. Free to members. Not a member? Click here for more information.

While the Members’ Party is a way for the Warner House Association to express gratitude for the continued support of our members, the LCHIP is a matching grant, and it is crucial the work be completed.  Following the tours, we will be accepting donations toward the LCHIP project, so if inclined, please bring your checkbooks!

In an amazing display of generosity and love for the Warner House, a member who wishes to remain anonymous has already pledged a matching grant of $25,000 to the LCHIP matching grant!  This incredible gesture will help the Warner House reach its goals; however, fundraising efforts must be matched to the penny to receive this remarkable gift.



 

July 10, Thursday, macpheadris gravestone rubbing demonstration

5 p.m. at point of Graves

Join Cassandra and Paulette from Gravestone Artwear of York, Maine, at Point of Graves cemetery, Mechanic Street, Portsmouth, NH. Learn the history of tombstone art, the stone carvers & ways to preserve these valuable monuments of history.

Available for purchase will be new Warner House t-shirts, designed by Gravestone Artwear & inspired by the Macpheadris gravestone. These are a must have! Proceeds support the Warner House. RAIN DATE is July 12, 4:00 p.m.

FREE EVENT!

 


 

JULY 19, SATURDAY, THE DEATH OF JONATHAN WARNERLAST OF THE COCKED HATS

Starting at 11 a.m.

Step back to the springtime of 1814 and experience the retelling of the last days of Jonathan Warner in the intimate setting of the Warner House.  

$10 members / $15 non-members

 


 

JULY 31, THURSDAY, MEMENTO MORI: THE ART AND SENTIMENT OF MOURNING JEWELRY

5:30 p.m. AT DISCOVER PORTSMOUTH CENTER

Laura Johnson, associate curator, Historic New England

From coffin-shaped rings to watch chains made from human hair, memorializing the dead changed dramatically in New England from 1700 to 1900. Such intimate keepsakes helped the living to grieve and to sympathize.  Laura Johnson will discuss the many ways New Englanders remembered their loved ones through a wide range of ornaments.

FREE EVENT!

Last of the Cocked Hats lecture series


 


 

AUGUST 15, FRIDAY, ANNUAL TWILIGHT TOUR OF PORTSMOUTH 

CELEBRATING JONATHAN WARNER’S BIRTHDAY

5 p.m. — 8 p.m.

Celebrate Jonathan Warner’s birthday, born in 1726, and  see the Warner House at dusk.  The “candles” are lit for a unique experience in one of the earliest houses in Portsmouth.  Sponsored by the Portsmouth Historic House Associates, the Twilight Tour allows you to visit several historic houses in Portsmouth including the following: Warner House, Pitt Tavern at Strawbery Banke Museum, Gov. John Langdon House, Rundlet-May House, John Paul Jones House,  Moffatt-Ladd House, Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion and Wentworth Lear Historic Houses.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at the participating museums.

$18 adults, $8 children (advanced price); $20 adults, $10 children (day of event).

 


 

AUGUST 28, THURSDAY, Putting the Cocked Hat to Rest, the Rise of Industrialism in the Piscataqua Region

5:30 p.m.

Peter Michaud, National Register, Preservation Tax Incentives & Easements Coordinator, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources.

Jonathan Warner’s death in 1814 marked the transition period between the demise of the old 18th century economic order and the rise of the Industrial Revolution and 19th century capitalism.  Peter Michaud will look at the shift of the Piscataqua economy from the old town by the sea to newly developed industrial towns and cities inland from Portsmouth.

FREE EVENT!

Last Of The Cocked Hats lecture series

  UPDATE:  Due to scheduling conflict, please note the change of date from newsletter for this program from Aug. 21, 2014 to Aug. 28, 2014

 


 

SEPTEMBER 4, THURSDAY, Take the Portrait & Run

5:30 p.m.

James Smith, research assistant, Portsmouth Athenaeum. 

Find out more about the heirs of the Warner fortune like Elizabeth Pitts Caseaux, Jonathan Warner’s niece who after receiving a bulk of the estate including Warner’s portrait moved to France.

FREE EVENT

 Last Of The Cocked Hats lecture series

 


 

SEPTEMBER 21, SUNDAY, JoNATHAN WARNER’S MAGICAL MADRIGALS

4 P.M.

Listen to the the delightful sounds of madrigals, a cappella music derived from Europe and brought to America in the late 1600s through the 1700s. Enjoy this rare treat as the performers are dressed in period costumes with the grand setting of the historic Warner House.

 $30 for members / $35 for non-members. Space is limited. For ticket information, please contact the Warner House.

 

 


 

SEPTEMBER 27, saturday, “BOTH SIDES OF THE POND

presented by the portsmouth maritime folk festival (PMfF)

12:302:00 p.m.

Musicians Andy Kenna, Ken Schatz, and John Roberts perform a musical comparison of sea songs from North America and Great Britain in the delightful setting of the Warner House garden.  Bring your friends and family and enjoy this FREE, feel-good festival that is happening throughout Portsmouth.  (In case of rain, the venue will change from the Warner House garden to the 2nd floor of the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street.)

Learn more about the talented performers Andy, Ken and John on the PMFF bio page

Learn more about the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival (two-day event!).

 


 

October 4, Saturday,  An Evening in “Old Fields”

47 p.m. at the Ichabod Goodwin House, South Berwick, Maine

Celebrate and support the Warner House at the annual Patrons’ Party located in the 1797 Ichabod Goodwin House in South Berwick, Maine.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PATRONSPARTY AND TO BUY YOUR TICKET  ONLINE CLICK HERE: 2014 Patrons’ Party.

 


 

October 8, WEDNESDAY, Expectations Dashed

5:30 P.M. AT DISCOVER PORTSMOUTH CENTER

Sandra Rux, curator, Portsmouth Historical Society

Both Jonathan Sherburne and Samuel Sherburne, sons of Jonathan Warner’s sister, Sarah, had been, at different times deeded substantial parts of Jonathan Warner’s property (later deeded back to Jonathan Warner). Samuel had been his son-in-law and Jonathan was his namesake. A diary kept by Jonathan Sherburne sheds light on why he was disinherited. Learn how they fared in the will and why.

FREE EVENT!

 Last Of The Cocked Hats lecture series

 


 

Other events and programs not yet included on the Calendar of Events  include a curatorial tour, special hardhat tours, church tour, and the annual Patrons’ Party. 

 


 

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*Note that programs are subject to change. Please check back often or call in advance of program date.