Exploring NH Historical, Currier Museum & Canterbury Shaker Village

Exploring NH Passport: NH Heritage with GSA Jane Anderson!

On a sunny Thursday in June Mary O’Brien and I took off for a day of fun and learning. Our goal: Several of the museums in our GSA NH Heritage Museum Trail passport.

We stopped at the State Historical Society in Concord first. Located right near our state capital it was easy to find. As newer residents of this state, there was lots for us to learn from the well thought out displays. And of course we watched for the answers for the Scavenger Hunt as we perused the museum. No, I am not giving any hints but the museum staff was very helpful.

On to the Currier Museum in Manchester to see the lovely beadwork pictures done by native South African women. Included in the display was a video showing the women at work and giving them a chance to tell us why this art meant so much to them. Each piece of beadwork told its own story as well. Some depicted African scenes while others were simply colorful designs. All were lovely especially when we considered the time and talent that went into each one. We also took advantage of the handy cafeteria located in a sunny central room. Delicious!

On the way home we stopped at the Shaker museum, Canterbury Village, just north of Concord. The tour guide gave us a detailed explanation of the early founders and the rules by which they lived. Then we were free to roam the extensive grounds. The buildings with a flag in front were open to the public. Inside each one of the docents made a useful article in the manner that the original residents would have done. We watched and chatted with two who were making the oval wooden boxes. Other options we saw were broom making and printing.

On the ride back north we spoke of what a fun, interesting day it had been. Thanks, GSA, for giving us the incentive to get out and see our state and all it has to offer.