Seasons Greetings Members and Friends of the Warner House

 

November 2019

 

I would like to thank all of you for helping the Warner House accomplish many of its goals this past year. We opened the season on May 31st with a Celebration of the opening of our Exhibit and honoring the wonderful work of our talented gardeners from the Portsmouth Garden Club under the direction of Caroline Fesquet. Thanks to them, our gardens have become the “talk of the town!”  There is also a plaque on the bench in the arbor of the garden honoring Larry Kent for his many years of service to the Warner House.  Under the direction of Bob Barth and our Curatorial Committee, the Warner House hosted an extensive and remarkable exhibit entitled  “From the Mundane to the Sublime: Stoneware 1600-1775”. This was very successfully received by both critics and the public. We had very good attendance this season and many positive comments.  Thank you to Bob and the Curatorial Committee for all their work in helping to set up the exhibit and the extra time volunteers and Bob gave in helping as Greeters this season to facilitate the flow of visitors.

 

By the time you read this letter, a much-needed new furnace and heating system will have been installed at the Warner House.  Thank you to James Taylor and the Building and Grounds Committee for their work in getting this accomplished.

 

A lot has been accomplished this year but, as always, there is still a lot to be done.  There has been a problem of water in the basement which has caused the containers that store our artifacts to become moldy.  They need to be replaced so the artifacts may be preserved safely.  An upgrade of our wiring and electrical system is also badly needed and must be addressed.  We also have our ongoing operating expenses which must be met such as insurance, telephone, marketing, gas and electric.  To help us maintain and improve our wonderful legacy, I invite you to make your gift to our Annual Appeal today.  We have set a goal of $15,000, and we believe this can be achieved with help from all of you.  Please also consider helping by serving on a committee, attending our events, and please bring a friend.  Also consider serving on our Board of Governors or as a Greeter or Guide.  You are a very important part of the Warner House and we encourage you to attend all our events.  We are grateful for your continued support of the Warner House and we cannot do it without YOU.

 

Carol Seely, Chair

 

Please come to our Annual Meeting, Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Stoodley’s Tavern, Strawbery Banke, 17 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH

 

 

 

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Fabulous Find Resale Boutique in Kittery, Maine, has chosen three non-profit organizations on the Seacoast to be their January beneficiaries: the Stratham Historical Society; the Players Ring Theatre; and the Warner House.
 
Our partnership with Fabulous Find includes donating items to the shop. Resale items featured in the shop are men and women’s designer clothing; jewelry; home accessories, furniture, music, and books. 
 
 
To get things rolling, there will be a coffee reception on Saturday Morning January 5 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at the Fabulous Find Resale Boutique—located at 139 State Road, Kittery, ME. That morning checks will be given to December’s recipient, and January’s recipients (that’s us!) will be introduced. So if you go to the coffee reception on Saturday morning, you can start our month by shopping at 9:30.
 
January is our month, so please continue to donate goods to the Fabulous Find Resale Boutique during the month of January. 

The more we can give, the more we can sell. 

Fabulous Find takes donations anytime they are open.

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Warner House Front Door Project

During the 18th & 19th century, many notable Portsmouth residents passed over the Warner House threshold and through the nine-paneled door at 150 Daniel Street. When the house became a museum in 1932, visitors from all over the world have done the same. But after 300 years, the venerable front door is in need of repairs.

The wooden trim surrounding the front door is twisting and separating from the brick walls. Most alarmingly, since the completion of our LCHIP project, a one inch gap has opened between the wood and stone sections of the threshold (the bit of wood and stone you step over when you enter through the door). This opening allows water, snow, and ice to reach our 300 year old structural system and can cause substantial damage--and it may already have.

Right now, we know the movement has caused the trim to pull away on the interior and exterior. What we don't know is the extent of structural damage beneath the threshold, which could be extensive. It is imperative we address this now and prevent further deterioration but we need your help! The estimated cost of repair is $20,000.

 

Until October 1st, the Warner House has received a matching gift of $10,000. We know you adore this historical landmark, so please help us reach that goal!

 

Front Door Spring 2018

 

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Please make a donation today either by clicking the "DONATE" button below or by mailing a check to the following address:

Warner House Association

P.O. Box 895

Portsmouth, NH, 03802-0895

If writing by check, please put "Front Door Project" on the memo line.

 

Thank you! Your support will carry us over the threshold!

[Image: Postcard courtesy of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.]

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