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  • Nancy R. Beck Trust online estate auction to benefit Strawbery Banke – ends Friday

    PORTSMOUTH – An online auction organized by The Nancy R. Beck Trust is intended to benefit Strawbery Banke Museum. Nancy Beck was a devoted museum Trustee, advocate and benefactor.


    The online auction takes place through Friday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. Items include artwork, Audubon prints, silver, clocks, books, pottery, lamps, Oriental rugs, antique furniture, and decorative items from the Austin Street home Nancy shared with her husband. To view and bid on auction items, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/175587_summer-estate-auction-online-only-sale/


    Civic icon and cultural leader Nancy R. Beck helped make Portsmouth the vibrant historic and cultural destination it is today. Nancy was one of the original champions of Strawbery Banke and remained a faithful friend, advocate and donor throughout her life. 


    “So many of us were the beneficiaries of her generosity, community spirit and friendship,” said Lawrence J. Yerdon, President and CEO. “Nancy and her husband, Peter, were most generous to the museum. We are ever thankful for all that Nancy did for Strawbery Banke and all that her memory will continue to inspire us to do.


    Nancy Beck worked diligently with Jim Garvin, Strawbery Banke's first curator, to document and salvage the historic houses of Portsmouth during the years of Urban Renewal and the demolition of many historic houses. She served as Chair of the Strawbery Banke Board of Trustees and received the museum’s highest honor, the SBM Preservation Award. Most recently, Nancy served on the Honorary Committee for the Museum's Building Community Major Gift Campaign. 

    About Strawbery Banke Museum

    Strawbery Banke Museum is a 501c3 non-profit founded in 1958 to save a 10-acre site and the historic downtown core of Portsmouth from urban renewal. The authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum, historic buildings, heirloom gardens, costumed roleplayers and traditional craft demonstrations are dedicated to bringing 300* years of American history to life.