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Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site, July 9th

The third installment of Great Park Pursuit was held at Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site in Portsmouth on Saturday, July 9th. From 10 am to 2 pm, teams participated in a variety of cultural activities that are both fun and educational. The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources sponsored this event and had lots of great activities planned!

Guided Events

Why Archaeology?
The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion has played an important role in NH’s history from the 18th to the 20th century and archaeology is one way to learn about that past. This activity will demonstrate archaeological methods used to discover information about our past from the materials recovered during an excavation, and discuss the importance of archaeological stewardship.

Explore the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion
A self-guided tour of the first floor of the mansion will give a glimpse of the history and family life in Colonial America. Park guides will be on hand in the mansion to showcase this fascinating historic site and grounds.

New Hampshire Downloadable Books Service

More than 170 New Hampshire public libraries provide digital audiobooks and eBooks that library patrons can download directly to their computers, phones, and tablets. Learn how you can use this service to read or listen to best sellers for free!
New Hampshire Libraries’ Digital Resources:  A Wealth of Information
Find your ancestors, read a magazine or newspaper and do research – all for free at your public library or at home! During this presentation we’ll look up an old relative, find a new magazine article and learn how to ace your next homework assignment. Visit your public library or the NH State Library to learn more about digital resources available for your use.

The Art of Fly-tying: A Great NH tradition
How do you convince a fish to chase a fly made out of feathers and thread?  Fly tying is an art form, requiring steady hands and a good eye. Come watch the demonstration on how to tie a variety of basic flies, using traditional tools and materials. Sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts.

Drop-In Activities

Make-Your-Own Flocked Wallpaper
Flocked Wallpaper was a sign of great wealth and status during the mid eighteenth century. See if you can recreate the flocking patterns found in the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion rooms or create your very own designs.

Historical Resources Coloring Activities
We'll provide coloring sheets and crayons but also want to encourage teams to bring colored pencils, paint and art kits along and create their own masterpeices.

Summer Reading Program: One World, Many Stories
In partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library. Visit your public library to learn about their special summer programming.

Accordion Amble
Accordionist Gary Sredzienski will be strolling the grounds of the Mansion playing his unique brand of music. Sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts.

About the Event Sponsor

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the Commission on Native American Affairs.

The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in.