27 July 2014

Interesting Article About an Excavation in Portsmouth

"Bath discovery rekindles interest in Portsmouth's Jewish history"
Laurenne Ramsdell
Foster's Daily Democrat

Pictured here is a Jewish ritual bath, also known as a mikvah, 
which was recently discovered in Portsmouth at Strawbery 
Banke.  (Ryan McBride/Staff photographer,
Foster's Daily Democrat)
PORTSMOUTH — A recent discovery within the grounds of Strawbery Banke has offered new insight into the Seacoast's rich history of Jewish culture.

A century-old mikvah — a ritual immersion bath — was unearthed by the museum's archaeological staff after a former resident shared his memory of the structure. As there is no written record of this particular mikvah's existence, the discovery will allow local historians an opportunity to more accurately detail the history of Jewish culture in Portsmouth.

While starting a vegetable garden on the site of what once held the Pecunies homestead, Ronald Pecunies casually mentioned his memory of a mikvah located in the basement of his family's former home. Rather than using it for its original purpose of ritual cleansing, Pecunies noted that his family, which owned the home from the late 1930s to the 1960s, used the structure to brine fish.

The mention of the mikvah greatly intrigued former museum archaeologist Sheila Charles, who soon kick-started an effort to uncover this piece of history.

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Read the entire story in Foster's Daily Democrat at http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140727/GJNEWS_01/140729507


26 July 2014

Historical Society to Meet August 1st

"August Business Meeting"
Friday, August 1st
6:00 pm
Henry Wilson Museum
Goodwin Library Lower Level

Our New Logo was approved at the July Meeting.
There will be no presentation this month, just a business meeting.

Call to order

Pledge of Allegiance

Review of Minutes: 11 July 2014

Treasurer's Report

2014-15 Presentations: discussion

Town Pound: Clean-up

Website updates

Vista Print: Caps and T shirts. Set prices.

Hayday:  Discussion/Plan. 23 August - 8 am - 3 pm.
Still need volunteers to man the booth.

Need to update and reproduce brochures for distribution.

Fifty-Fifty Raffle (tickets/bowl) drawing 2:30 pm

Museum open 10am - 2pm

Meetings: September - 5 Sept - no presentation - byor.
          October -  3 Oct - Presentation TBD - Refreshment to be provided.
          November - 7 Nov - Annual Meeting - Pot luck  - Elections.


Come join us.  Dues are only $5.00!  


10 July 2014

July 11: Historical Society Meeting

"July Monthly Business Meeting"

Friday, July 11, 2014
7:00 pm
Henry Wilson Society Museum
Goodwin Library
Main Street, Farmington, NH

Call to order
Pledge of allegiance
Review of Minutes: 02 May 2014
Treasurer’s Report
Discussion re: hanging xmas trees.
Discuss Supplies
Sanborn Mills Farms Tours - coming soon. Will contact Mr. Huppe to arrange the recon tour.
Town Pound: Clean-up  - Lets pick a time and date.
Need copies of minutes - last twelve months - Joyce.
Vista print: Caps and T shirts.
Cataloging museum contents.  Tom Ransom, Rod & Judy Thompson, Dottie Bean, Kyle Leach, and Jim Horgan.
Hayday: Looking for folks to hold down the table. Sell baked goods and raffle tickets,  hand out brochures, guide folks to the museum.
Need folks to guide folks through the museum: hours to be
Need folks to bake items for sale: suggestions?
any ideas for trinkets - for resale (promoting museum).
Souvenir type stuff.
23 August - 8 am - 3 pm.

Meetings will continue over the summer. Bring you own refreshments.  These will be working meetings - no presentations For JUNE through September.

Thank you all for your attendance and participation, especially for allowing us to move forward in advancing  the condition of the Museum. Don’t be strangers, stay in touch, come to the meetings. Have a good summer.

Our next meeting:  August 1st.