Special advisory message from Strawbery Banke Museum
The enduring message of Strawbery Banke is that community matters, and that the museum exists to tell the story of 300 years of community.
We write to you today, watching the coronavirus march across the globe, to let you know that the museum is taking active steps to prepare. The museum staff and Trustees will continue to monitor and follow the guidance of the CDC, the NH Department of Health and Human Services and Portsmouth’s Health Officer.
Because of that responsibility, we have agreed on the following actions:
The museum is currently closed to the public, as is usual in March, preparing for the 2020 summer season. Staff remain on the job, some in the office and others working remotely from home. All-staff training, originally scheduled for April 16 & 17 is being postponed until May; and internal regular staff meetings are suspended until further notice. For the time being, the May 1 opening day for the regular season will take place as scheduled, with the museum offering guided tours to visitors.
The museum is in close conversation with school groups from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts regarding their planned visits. Field trips will continue to take place as scheduled, at the discretion of the school. However, the museum and the schools are monitoring the situation and we anticipate there will be cancellations but leave that for the schools to decide.
The Hearth Cooking Program on Saturday, March 14 WILL TAKE PLACE AS SCHEDULED due to the small (8 people) size of the group.
All other scheduled workshops and meetings are CANCELLED as of March 15, 2020.
Unfortunately, we are also compelled to CANCEL this year’s Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds on the Banke and the Children's Breakfasts originally scheduled for April 25 through May 3. This is an important event for us, as it has traditionally kicked off the season; but out of an abundance of caution and concern for the children, parents and grandparents who attend, the farmers from all over New England -- as well as the baby animals -- we must make this difficult decision now.
Through more than three centuries of war, disease, strife and disruption to their daily lives, the families who lived in the houses at Puddle Dock ultimately supported each other. They looked out for their neighbors. They visited across back fences and around kitchen tables. They shared the news.
It’s true that the world has not faced a crisis quite like this in our lifetimes. But at Strawbery Banke the evidence stands that whatever comes to this neighborhood, it is resilient.
Be safe. Be healthy. We look forward to seeing you at Strawbery Banke again, soon.
If you have any questions, please give either of us a call.
Lawrence J. Yerdon
President & CEO
Chair, Board of Trustees