April 21, 2010 – Portsmouth, NH – Good Morning Strawbery Banke is a delightful tale that chronicles a day in the life of JD, a real-life local black cat who makes Strawbery Banke Museum his home during the day. The story idea was hatched in August of 2009 when Strawbery Banke President, Larry Yerdon, approached local artist Wickie Rowland with a request for her to illustrate a children’s book for the Museum. The project evolved and Mrs. Rowland has both authored and illustrated a colorful book with JD the cat as tour guide. As children turn the pages, they take a walk through time while JD brings them to visit shopkeepers, housewives, craftsmen, and children as they each begin their day.
Mrs. Rowland said, “I’ve enjoyed drawing the pictures immensely and have learned a great deal from the project. I hope visitors to Strawbery Banke will feel like they’re stepping into the pages of the book as they tour each room.”
Mrs. Rowland will be present at a book signing and family- friendly reception to launch the book on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the Tyco Visitors Center at Strawbery Banke Museum, located at 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth, NH. The book is geared for children ages 4-9 and the reception will include face painting and refreshments.
Rodney Rowland, the author’s husband and Director of Facilities & Special Projects for the Museum, coordinated the project, and said, “We clearly wanted this to be a collaborative community project. We are a local museum; the book is authored by a local artist and published by a local publisher – Publishing Works of Exeter, NH. It only made sense for us to approach an historic local bank that prides itself on supporting local causes and organizations. Piscataqua Savings Bank also has a commitment to children as demonstrated through their Kids’ Bank program designed to teach kids about saving money. They were our first choice as an underwriting partner, and happily they were enthusiastic about getting involved.”
Jay Gibson, President of Piscataqua Savings Bank said, “The Bank’s support of this exciting project reflects our commitment to provide the public with a better understanding of our local history. Teaching children about the past plays a great role in developing their appreciation about the wonderful area in which they live, and we’re thrilled to have played a role in the creation of Good Morning Strawbery Banke.”
About Strawbery Banke Museum:
Connect with the Past! Step into 400 years of living in our neighborhood. Strawbery Banke Museum provides the opportunity to see how people lived for four centuries of New England history. Through restored furnished houses, exhibits, historic landscapes and gardens, and costumed role players, Strawbery Banke Museum interprets the living history of generations ho settled in Portsmouth ,NH, from the late 17th century to the mid-20th century. Call 603.433.110 for more information or visit www.strawberybanke.org.
About Piscataqua Savings Bank:
The only mutual bank based in Portsmouth today, Piscataqua Savings is dedicated to serving local individuals and families and has been a cornerstone of the Portsmouth community since 1877. Information is available at www.piscataqua.com.
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