Round-robin at Gemr Headquarters in Portsmouth, NH. Gemr is a new social platform specifically for the collector. Listen in and get the details behind the scenes of a website/app that will revolutionize the field of collecting. Sign up on Gemr for free, and get one online appraisal at no cost, details here.
Author, Jim Craig joins us for a fascinating interview on the finest American eagle carver of all time, John Haley Bellamy. The upcoming Portsmouth, NH Exhibition titled, Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy is from April 4- October 3rd. As podcast host, this is one of my favorite interviews, and I suggest not to miss this once in a lifetime exhibition! Facebook Page.
Martin visits Strawberry Banke for Part Two with Chief Curator, Kimberly Alexander, they talk about this year’s exhibition: “Fitz John Porter – Civil War Hero or Coward?” Major General Fitz John Porter was a Civil War soldier, born in Portsmouth, NH. He was court marshaled after the second battle of Bull Run by disobeying orders that in fact would have annihilated his troops. It took sixteen years for exoneration. Listen in as Kimberly talks about the amazing story of finding the long lost sword of the officer and much more.
Click the image for the exhibition page on the Strawberry Banke website.
Martin visits historic Strawberry Banke in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and chats with the Chief Curator, Kimberly Alexander. This riverside museum has 35 structures dating all the way back to 1695 (only two buildings were moved to the site). Kimberly is a wonderful guest with a passion for preserving history.
Click the image to visit the Strawberry Banke Museum website. “Come explore four centuries of American history in one of New Hampshire’s oldest waterfront neighborhoods.”
by Martin Willis
I came from a town right outside of a small New Hampshire historical harbor city, Portsmouth. It was first settled in 1630 and has wonderful early brick architecture and early wooden homes and structures. It is a treasure trove of regional antiques of all sorts. There are many renowned pieces originating from Portsmouth, including exceptional furniture in the Colonial & Federal era. My father was lucky enough to buy a historical waterfront home that was built in 1672. When he bought the property, it was loaded full of period antiques, which he sold at auction for the owners for a whopping $40,000 in the early 1970s. That was a very big auction then. To compare the scale of it, my father bought the real estate for $30,000……….