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  • Explore Historical Musical Instruments at Strawbery Banke with Darcy Kuronen on July 25

    PORTSMOUTH — Strawbery Banke Museum is delighted to announce “Tuneful Treasures - Discovering Musical Instruments in American Collections,” a lecture by Darcy Kuronen, Former Curator of Musical Instruments at the Museum of Fine Arts. The event occurs in the Lawrence J. Yerdon Visitors Center, 14 Hancock St., on Thursday, July 25, 2024, from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers and are available in advance online via Strawberybanke.org/connolly-speaker-series. 

    On July 25, Darcy Kuronen will share anecdotes from his career working with historical instruments in collections across the United States, including examples housed at Strawbery Banke Museum. Kuronen will recount how he entered this field, revealing stories behind rare instruments he has discovered and researched. Highlights include the earliest American harmonica and a beautifully crafted upright piano from 18th-century Ireland. 

    The evening will also feature a special performance on the c. 1820 Alpheus Babcock piano from Strawbery Banke’s collection.

    This lecture is part of The Mark Connolly Distinguished Speaker Series, which honors the legacy of Mark Connolly, a former Strawbery Banke Museum trustee and a prominent figure in finance, literature, and politics. Since Connolly's passing in April 2019, the Museum has been committed to commemorating his memory and dedication to intellectual discourse and civic engagement.

    Connolly's distinguished career included roles such as director of the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities, an accomplished author, and a Democratic candidate for governor. His commitment to public service and belief in the transformative power of education and dialogue are celebrated through this series.

    “Inspired by Connolly’s enduring spirit, Strawbery Banke initiated the distinguished lecture series to provide a platform for leading national speakers to explore a wide range of topics, from history and art to politics and current events,” shared Linnea Grim, president and CEO of Strawbery Banke Museum. “The Mark Connolly Distinguished Speaker Series aims to spark thought-provoking discussions and nurture intellectual curiosity within the community, ensuring that Connolly's legacy of civic responsibility and the pursuit of knowledge continues to inspire future generations.”

    In the past, the series has featured lectures such as "Pleasure Gardens of the Colonial Revival - A Look at New England Colonial Revival Gardens" by Lucinda Brockway, Managing Director of Cultural Resources at The Trustees, which took place June 13. Looking ahead, the Museum will host "Algonquian Continuance and Community" by Jesse Bowman Bruchac on Nov. 7, highlighting his 30-year dedication to Algonquian language reclamation.

    For more information about Strawbery Banke and the Mark Connolly Distinguished Speaker Series, visit StrawberyBanke.org.

    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.