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P.O. BOX 895

PORTSMOUTH, NH 03802-0895


December 2013

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Warner House,

The Warner House neighborhood is changing rapidly—a new Memorial Bridge, the Connie Bean renovation and new development, new brick sidewalks and a newly paved Daniel Street. While all of this brought dust, dirt and disruption of traffic, the results have vastly improved the streetscape. We have demonstrated our enthusiasm for the city’s expenditures by contracting for a new historically accurate fence around our museum house. New Board member Lou Ferland led the fundraising effort for this. While we still need additional funds to complete it, this is a real step forward for us. Our Buildings and Grounds committee has made a request to LCHIP for a matching grant to provide much needed structural repairs for the Warner House—including the parapet caps and the brick support columns in the basement.

Programming was also revitalized this year. The Warner House participated in the citywide commemoration of the Treaty of 1713 between the Native Americans, French and English that was signed in Portsmouth, ending Queen Anne's war. An exhibit of significant ceramics from the 17th and early 18th centuries and one that told the story of Archibald Macphaedris's career in Portsmouth complemented our lecture series in October. Carol Seely organized a wonderful madrigal concert featuring 18th century music—we all felt Jonathan Warner would have felt quite at home.

However, the disruption to our visitation that began when the old Memorial Bridge was closed in July 2011 continued for most of this year. This, plus the costs of needed repairs and maintenance, makes it more important that we raise needed funds with a successful Annual Appeal.

Please give generously and join with us as stewards of this National Historic Landmark.               


Ronan Donohoe

Deborah Richards

Co-Chairs of Warner House Board of Governors



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