Strawbery Banke, A Seaport Museum 400 Years in the Making

Bronze Medal Winner, New England Museum Association

by J. Dennis Robinson
Strawbery Banke, J. Dennis RobinsonRich with pictures and painstakingly researched, this book tracks 400 years of history along the Piscataqua River with dramatic tales that will surprise even New Hampshire natives. The story then goes behind the scenes to the controversial founding of Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH, in 1958. Tapping into private letters, unpublished records and personal interviews, the author explores the politics of preservation in a small blue-collar city. Always lively, this highly readable history tracks modern Portsmouth from a gritty working seaport to a cultural heritage destination, assessing what is gained and what is lost along the way.

About the Author

J. Dennis Robinson writes books about American history for young and old readers from his office in historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire near the swirling Piscataqua River where he is also a popular newspaper columnist, lecturer, and editor of the award-winning Web site SeacoastNH.com.

Product Details

Hardcover, 416 pgs., 16 pgs. full color photos, 8×10; Published by Peter E. Randall Publisher (2008); ISBN 978-0-960389-62-9

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University Press of New England

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Award-winning book design and layout by Grace Peirce and award-winning author J. Dennis Robinson