The Mayor's Blue Ribbon Cemetery Committee of Portsmouth, New Hampshire















 


July 12, 2008: Gravestone Conservation Workshop directed by Jonathan Appell.

You are cordially invited to attend a Gravestone Restoration Workshop to be held in the North Cemetery in Portsmouth New Hampshire. This workshop will cover a number of restoration techniques by professional gravestone conservator and monument mason Jonathan Appell. These include the proper techniques for cleaning gravestones, resetting monuments, break repairs and conservation of early gravestones.

Date: July 12, 2008Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Location: North Cemetery, Maplewood Avenue, Portsmouth, NH (across from the Old Portsmouth Herald building)
RSVP: please let us know if you are plan on attending by completing the RSVP form.

There will be no charge for attending this workshop but donations will be greatly appreciated. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be determined and displayed on our website at http://www.portsmoutholdgraves.org or you can contact Judy Nerbonne at (603) 436-8439. You can also email info@portsmoutholdgraves.org for more information. Please bring your own lunch or be prepared to purchase one from a number of local eateries.

Past Events: Spirits 2006

The Mayor's Blue Ribbon Cemetery Committee's highly successful program "Spirits 2006 - Bringing the Dead to Life" will open its third season Wednesday, Friday, June 2, in the North Burial Ground, Maplewood Avenue.

"Our committee's mission along with repair and restoration of our four historic burial grounds, and new signage is the use of these precious sites as a means of education and entertainment, outdoor classrooms via the use of costumed roleplayers, storytellers and lecturers," said committee chairwoman Audrey Bierhans.

Since there will not be a Chautauqua program this year, Spirits hopefully will fill the void with the addition this year with the inclusion of such presenters as Daniel Webster, Russian-Jewish immigrant Mary Antin, Louisa May Alcott, storytellers Jackson Gillman, Gwendolyn Quezaire Presutti and Merrill Kohlhofer, folksinger Bob Kilham, and our local favorites from seasons past, Gov. John Langdon, William Whipple, Dr. Hall Jackson, Civil War veteran Charles Moulton and speakers Dennis Robinson, Valerie Cunningham, Barbara Griswold and Roberta Ransley-Matteau and the ever-popular Portsmouth troubador Jeff Warner.

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LOCATIONS
click for directions to each location: (N) = North Burial Ground, (POG) = Point of Graves, (PS) = Pleasant St., (SBM) = Strawbery Banke Museum

Fri., June 2, 2006
Storyteller Jackson Gillman -"The Magic of Rudyard Kipling, Just So." (N, rain location at Tyco Visitor's Center at the Strawbery Banke Museum)

Wed., June 7
Meg Gilman- Seacoast's Native Americans (POG)

Tues., June 13
Benjamin Franklin comes to Portsmouth, brought to life by Tom Dunnington (N)

Fri., June 16
Author Gwendolyn Presutti -"The African-American Experience - An 'Invisible' Woman of Courage" (N)

Wed., June 21
Kate Carney as Russian-Jewish immigrant Mary Antin (N)

Mon., June 26
Historian Glenn Knoblock tours North Burial Ground (N)

Tues., July 4
President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln (N)

Thurs., July 6
Folksinger Jeff Warner presents "The Music of the 'Residents" (POG)

Tues., July 11
Historian and author Glenn Knoblock tours Point of Graves Burial Ground (POG)

Fri., July 14
Storyteller Merrill Kohlhofer -"Voices of Freedom -Memories of Anti-slavery Days." (POG)

Sat., July 15
Author Roberta Ransley-Matteau -"One More and Then Some - Publick Houses and Taverns." (PS)

Thurs., July 17
Daniel Webster visits the Daniel Webster House (SBM)

Wed., July 19
Revolutionary War Surgeon Dr. Hall Jackson (N)

Fri., July 21
Valerie Cunningham, local historian and author of "Black Portsmouth." (N)

Tues, July 25
Local historian and author Dennis Robinson -"The Forgotten Founders of NH" (POG)

Thurs., July 27
Louisa May Alcott comes to Portsmouth (POG)

Wed., Aug. 2
William Whipple, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War general (N)

Thurs., Aug. 3
Folksinger Bob Kilham - "The Voice of the Water." (N)

Wed., Aug.9
"A Tale of the Smuttynose Murders" with Barbara Griswold (PS)

Tues. Aug.15
Jeff Warner's - "the Music of the 'Residents" colonial and maritime music (POG)

Fri., Aug. 18
Chris Benedetto as Civil War Veteran Charles Moulton (N)

Tues., Aug. 22
Historian and author Glenn Knoblock tours Pleasant Street Burial Ground (PS)

Fri., Aug. 25
Thomas Kehr as Gov. John Langdon, 1741-1819, a Delegate and a Senator from New Hampshire, Member of the Continental Congress in 1775 and 1776, agent for Continental prizes during the Revolutionary War, served several terms as speaker of the State house of representatives (N)

For further information, 603-436-5096, email akmann@comcast.net

 

Past Events: Spirits 2006

Spirits Past & Present II Gala Benefit
Saturday, March 18, 2006
6:00pm to 8:30pm

At the historic William Pitt Tavern at the Strawbery Banke Museum
Marcy Street, Portsmouth NH.

Featuring delicious food & wine, entertainment, character acters portraying famous Portsmouth residents and individuals from history such as Dr. Hall Jackson, Governor John Langdon, Benjamin Franklin, and Mr. & Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. Funds raised will be to benefit the restoration of Portsmouth's public historic burial grounds and to the continuation of their educational programs. Tickets: $20.00 per person. Tickets are limited, please call (603) 436-5096 to purchase.

We need items for our Silent Auction to be held at our upcoming fundraiser on March 18, 2006 to be held at the William Pitt Tavern at the Strawberry Banke Museum. The fundraiser is to help raise money to restore more historic gravestones in Portsmouth's oldest burying grounds.

If you are a Portsmouth local business owner or an individual interested in donating an item please contact us at info@portsmoutholdgraves.org or call (603) 436-5096.


The Smuttynose Murders
Wed., March 8, 2006
7:00pm
Tyco Visitors Center, Strawbery Banke Museum

March 6, 1873 - grizzly murders on Smuttynose...relive that fateful evening as The Mayor's Blue Ribbon Committee's "Spirits 2006 -Bringing the Dead to Life" opens the 2006 season with Portsmouth's Barbara Griswold's dramatic telling of the mysterious tale. Was Louis Wagner the real killer or was it someone else. You decide.

Admission $5.
Call 436-5096 for further information.

 


Past Events: Spirits 2005

Fri., July 29, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Lee Fisher as Dr. Hall Jackson, "A Colonial Doctor's Wartime."
~View Photo Gallery

Sat., July 30, 2005
Pleasant Street Cemetery, Portsmouth New Hampshire
Daryll Cauchon, "Louis Wagner, Guilty or Innocent?"

Mon., Aug. 1, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Tracy Cunningham as Mrs. Mary Chase

Wed., Aug. 3, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Roger Clark in the person of William Whipple

Fri., Aug.5, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Andy Melville, "Whipple and Langdon, Comrades in Arms."

Sat. Aug.6, 2005
Pleasant Street Cemetery, Portsmouth New Hampshire
Margaret Kelly as Sarah Parker Goodwin

Mon., Aug. 8, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Valerie Cunningham, author "Black Portsmouth."

Wed., Aug. 10, 2005
Point of Graves, Mechanic St. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Jeff Warner, "The Music of the 'Residents'."

Sat., Aug. 13, 2005
Roberta Ransley-Matteau, "The Vanished North End."

Tues., Aug. 16, 2005
Point of Graves, Mechanic St. Portsmouth New Hampshire h
Historian Glenn Knoblock

Wed., Aug.17, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Darryl Cauchon, "Louis Wagner, Guilty or Innocent."

Fri., Aug. 19, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Thomas Kehr as Gov. John Langdon and the battle of Fort William and Mary

Sat., Aug. 20, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Guy Chichester as Joseph Whipple

Sat., Aug. 27, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Barbara Griswold, "A Timeless Tragedy, A Story of Smuttynose."

Sun., Aug. 28, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Chris Benedetto as Chas. Moulton, Co. K, 3rd NH Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Tues., Aug. 30, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Lee Fisher as Dr. Hall Jackson, "A Doctor's Correspondence."
~View Photo Gallery

Sat., Sept. 3, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Guy Chichester as Joseph Whipple

Wed., Sept. 7, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Tom Dunnington as Benjamin Franklin

Mon., Sept. 12, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Valerie Cunningham, author "Black Portsmouth."

Sun., Sept. 18, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Jewish Festival at Abraham Isaac gravesite


Past Events

Wed. June 8, 2005
Point of Graves, Mechanic St. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Charles Doleac on the Russo-Japanese Peace Treaty

Sun. June 12, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Sharon Wood, "A Soldier's Mother Tells Her Story."

Sat. June 25, 2005
Union Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Margaret Kelly as Mrs Lillian Aldrich, wife of author/poet Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Tues. June 28, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Lee Fisher as Dr. Hall Jackson, "The Life of a Portsmouth Physician."

Sun. July 3, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Andy Melville, "Whipple and Langdon, Comrades in Arms."

Mon., July 4, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Steve Wood as President Abraham Lincoln

Wed., July 6, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Tom Dunnington as Benjamin Franklin

Fri., July 9, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Guy Chichester as Joseph Whipple

Mon., July 11, 2005
Pleasant Street Cemetery, Portsmouth New Hampshire
Historian Glenn Knoblock

Wed., July 13, 2005
Point of Graves, Mechanic St. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Barbara Griswold, "A Timeless Tragedy, a Story of Smuttynose

Fri., July 15, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Thomas Kehr as Gov. John Langdon, "The Raid on Fort William and Mary

Mon., July 18, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Tracy Cunningham as Mrs. Mary Chase

Wed., July 20, 2005
Point of Graves, Mechanic St. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Jeff Warner, "The Music of the 'Residents'."

Sat., July 23, 2005
North Cemetery, Maplewood Ave. Portsmouth New Hampshire
Chris Benedetto as Chas. W. Moulton of Co. K, 3rd NH Volunteer Infantry, Civil War


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