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February 7, 2013

History of Collectors and Collecting

STRATHAM - The Seacoast area of NH is home to many historic homes and local museums. Many of them feature collections of items that were put together over 100 years ago. Collecting specific items and organizing them is an ancient practice. So, dust off your collections, pick a few pieces and come join us on Wed., February 13, at 12 noon, for a UNH Speakers Bureau presentation on the History of Collectors and Collecting at the Great Bay Discovery Center. This Brown Bag Lunch program is free and no registration is required. We will provide drinks and desserts.

The speaker is Hetty Startup a lecturer of art history and architectural history at UNH. She has worked in museums, higher education and nonprofit organizations. She works with the Manchester Historic Association and the Currier Museum of Art to create teaching environments for art history, museum and material culture studies. This presentation is a comprehensive look at the fun, weird and wonderful history of museums, collectors and collecting habits. This talk also invites you to think about your own collecting interests and to share some of the items you collect. Weather permitting we will visit the Special Collections Room which features some early Victorian bird and egg collections.

The presentation will be held in the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center located on the grounds of the Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road, just off Route 33, on the Stratham/Greenland town line. The snow date for this lecture is Fri., February 15.

Please call the Center for more information at 603-778-0015 or visit our web site www.greatbay.org.

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