The first lecture of our 2018 season will feature curator Sandra Rux with an introduction to the new exhibit Celebrations Public and Private.

From the grand design of the house by Archibald Macpheadris to tea for the last summer residents, the Warner House was in the midst of Portsmouth society. While attempting to provide an overview of conviviality in Portsmouth over the 200 years of Warner house occupancy, Ms Rux will discuss how we were able to arrive at an historically accurate picture of entertainments at the Warner House even though we do not have diaries, letters or bills that would tell the story more completely.

The lecture will take place at the Warner House at 5:30 on Thursday June 14. Light refreshments will be served.

The cost is $10 ($35 for the entire series of five lectures) and is free for Warner House members. Click here for more about supporting the historic Warner House by becoming a member.

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Saturday February 10, 2018

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Masonic Hall
351 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH

Spend a winter day at the annual symposium "Life and Death in the Pistcataqua Region" with all day lectures and lunch! This year, the Warner House's Curator Sandra Rux will talk on "Reinventing Benning Wentworth" and how research can change interpretation. In 1741, Royal Gov. Benning Wentworth (1696 - 1770) moved into the Warner House with his wife Abigail and three sons. He was the brother of Sarah Wentworth Macpheadris Jaffrey, the owner and widow of first owner Capt. Archibald Macpheadris, and for at least the next decade the Warner House became the Governor's Mansion for the province of New Hampshire.

Other speakers at Life & Death include the following:

New Work on Women Artists:
Elizabeth Farish & Rodney Rowland, Strawbery Banke Museum, "Bridges to Portsmouth"
Barbara McLean Ward, Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden director, "Grace Tabor, Landscape Architect, Connections to Portsmouth,"
Lainey Kowalski McCartney, Portsmouth Historical Society (Discover Portsmouth) curator, "Gertrude Fiske (1879-1961): An Independent Vision."

Peter Michaud, New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, "Lucien Geoffrion, Post-War Architect of Portsmouth"

Jim Craig, USS Albacore “Fitz Henry Lane and his Portsmouth Paintings”

Life & Death is on Sat. February 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Masonic Hall. Continental breakfast and a lunch are included in the admission to the symposium. Tickets are just $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Reservations are recommended. Call the Moffatt-Ladd House at 603-436-8221 to reserve your spot. You can also order tickets online through Strawbery Banke Museum by clicking HERE.

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Between the late 1680s and 1713 turmoil characterized life in the Piscataqua. European wars disrupted trade and native attacks reduced settlement in northern New England in the environs of Portsmouth, NH, and Kittery, Maine.

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Eighteenth Century Silks at the Warner House

Please join us on
 Thursday July 13, 2017
at 5:30 PM
The Warner House
150 Daniel Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Curator Sandra Rux will talk about the eighteenth century silk garments in the Warner House collection. Although there are only five of these, they represent a diverse group of high end imported silk fabrics. From the Polly Warner christening fabric wrap of approximately 1720 (even thought she was born in 1749; the fabric  was probably from her mother’s childhood) to the 1770s waistcoats belonging  to Jonathan Warner and the remade 1770s dress said to have belonged to Frances Deering Wentworth, they tell a story of upper class life in Portsmouth. Ms. Rux will discuss how the fabrics were made—woven brocade vs. embroidery; French vs. English design— and the looms used for weaving these fabrics. Portraits of Sarah Wentworth Macpheadris Jaffrey and Mary Macpheadris Warner and the Warner gentlemen show how the garments looked when worn. Come to learn to learn more about these fascinating fabrics.

Admission is free and no response is required
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