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  • Strawbery Banke Museum Celebrates U.S. Naturalization Ceremony on July 4

    PORTSMOUTH—Strawbery Banke Museum, in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, is excited to announce a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at 10 a.m. This inspiring event, celebrating Independence Day, will take place on the Museum grounds and is open to the public free of charge. Additionally, admission to Strawbery Banke Museum will be free all day on July 4.

    Naturalization is the most significant benefit USCIS offers, uniting people around civic ideals and the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The ceremony will be presided over by the United States District Courts’ Chief Judge Landya McCaffery where the Oath of Allegiance will be administered to the new citizens. This momentous occasion highlights the profound importance of citizenship in connecting individuals to the civic values and freedoms at the heart of the American identity.

    "Strawbery Banke Museum is a 'neighborhood of newcomers,' much like the new citizens we welcome each year," said Linnea Grim, president and CEO, Thomas W. Haas Endowed Chair. "We are honored to partner with USCIS and the United States District Court - District of New Hampshire to host this ceremony and celebrate new citizens on the 4th of July. Reflecting on the more than two decades of hosting this event, we are reminded of the enduring spirit and diversity that new citizens bring to our community. We invite everyone to join us for this special event and enjoy free admission to the Museum throughout the day."

    “The United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire is privileged to once again partner with Strawbery Banke and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to host a naturalization ceremony at such an historic venue,” said Chief Judge McCafferty. “As America is a nation of immigrants, it is both fitting and symbolic to naturalize new citizens on Independence Day.” 
     
    Strawbery Banke Museum proudly hosted its first Naturalization Ceremony in 1997. In 2006, the ceremony became a favorite annual event, only pausing for a two-year break in 2020 and 2021. The ceremony, held under a large tent on Puddle Dock, the expansive lawn at the center of the Museum, provides a picturesque and historic setting for this significant event.

    For more information about the Naturalization Ceremony and Strawbery Banke Museum, please visit StrawberyBanke.org.

    About Strawbery Banke Museum: 
    Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, is a 10-acre history museum interpreting more than 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

    Photo courtesy David J. Murray/ClearEyePhoto.com
     


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