PISCATAQUA DECORATIVE ARTS SOCIETY

VOLUME II
2004 – 2006 LECTURE SERIES

  1. The Shopping Experience in 18th Century Portsmouth 
    April 6, 2004

    Louise Richardson is a Portsmouth native, past President of the China Students Club of Boston, and a Research Associate for Ceramics at Strawbery Banke Museum.
  2. Portsmouth Furniture Revisited  
    May 18, 2004

    Johanna McBrien is Editor-in-Chief of “The Catalogue of Antiques & Fine Art.” She received her Master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and has attended the Attingham School for the English Country House. She has published in the field and regularly lectures and teaches on American furniture and decorative arts.
    (Lecture not available)
  3. Sir William Phips: The New England Knight   
    July 27, 2004

    Emerson W. Baker is a resident of York, Maine and Professor of History at Salem State College. He has written extensively on the early history of New England and is co-author with John Reid of “The New England Knight: Sir William Phips, 1651-1695,” University of Toronto Press, 1998.
  4. Eighteenth Century Silver & Silversmiths of the Piscataqua River Area:  
    Opportunities Lost and Found

    Sept. 7, 2004
    For the last 35 years, Elaine Tefft has researched New Hampshire decorative arts with a strong emphasis on early silver. She has lectured at the Connoisseur’s Seminar at the New Hampshire Historical Society, the DAR and other groups. She co-founded the Bedford Antiquarian & Literary Society, owns Bedford Antiques, and has been a member of NHADA and the NE Appraisers’ Association for 25 years. She is currently writing a book on New Hampshire silver.
  5. Theodore Atkinson’s Journal and Conspicuous Consumption in 1730s Portsmouth
    Oct. 19, 2004
    Tom Hardiman is currently Keeper of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. He has contributed extensive research in many areas; portraiture is one of his specialties.
  6. Fifty Years of Antiquing in the Piscataqua Area   
    April 5, 2005

    Ron Bourgeault is the owner and chief auctioneer of Northeast Auctions, headquartered in Portsmouth. With over 40 years in the business, Ron has a wide network of contacts among collectors, dealers, and museum staff. He has been a guest lecturer and appraiser at numerous conferences and events and is a member of the Appraisers Association of America and the National Auctioneers Association. Ron also appears regularly on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow” and was named one of the art world’s “Power Fifty: Who Mattered Most in 2002” by Art & Auction Magazine.
  7. New Research on the History of the Moffatt-Ladd House:
    Contention and Compromise, 1768-1814
    April 19, 2005
    Barbara McLean Ward is the Director/Curator of the Moffatt-Ladd House. She teaches and has written extensively on several aspects of material culture.
  8. Unnoticed Treasures in the Portsmouth Public Library  
    May 24, 2005

    Nicole Luongo Cloutier has been a Special Collections Librarian at the Portsmouth Public Library since 2001. She holds a B.A. in Art from the University of New Hampshire, as well as an M.A. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Prior to coming to Portsmouth, she was a slide Librarian and Visual Archives Manager at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
  9. Two Case Studies: The Furniture ofPortsmouth, New Hampshire  
    and Southeastern Massachusetts.
    June 21, 2005

    Brock Jobe is well-known locally for his insightful work, “Portsmouth Furniture,” published in 1993. He has written several articles and contributed to other scholarly books. He is currently Professor of American Decorative Arts at Winterthur Museum.
  10. Domestic Textile Production in the Piscataqua Region, 1750-182:  
    A Survey of Bits and Pieces Saved and Remembered
    Sept. 13, 2005

    Peter W. Cook has enjoyed a long career as a museum curator and educator. He continues to teach at Lesley University, where he trains educators in the use of material culture as a vehicle for integrated instruction. He and his wife, Nancy, own historic Tare Shirt Farm where they collect. Practice and interpret pre-industrial textile technology.
  11. At the Sign of the Golden Teapot: Abraham Isaac, Merchant in Portsmouth   
    Nov. 1, 2005

    Carolyn Roy is a former Curator of Strawbery Banke Museum.
    (Lecture not available)
  12. Warner House Origins:The Merchant House in Early 18th Century 
    London & New England
    April 21, 2006

    Richard M. Candee, Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies at Boston University, is author of “Atlantic Heights: A World War I Shipbuilder’s Community” (1985); “Building Portsmouth: The Neighborhoods and Architecture of New Hampshire’s Oldest City” (1992); “Social Conflict and Urban Rebuilding: The Portsmouth, New Hampshire Brick Act of 1814” in Winterthur Portfolio (1997); “The Artful Life of Thomas P. Moses (2002); “Old Portsmouth… Home of the Stocking Business: A Forgotten 19th Century Industry and Its Inventors” in Historical New Hampshire (Fall/Winter 2006); and a contributor to “The Warner House: A Rich and Colorful History” (2006). His book, “Wallace Nutting’s Portsmouth: Photographing the ‘Colonial Past’” will be published in June, 2007.
  13. A Brief History of Portsmouth Scrip  
    May 21, 2006
    Kevin G. Lafond, an accountant and tax expert, has been researching New Hampshire history and merchants for over 15 years. He is currently working on a publication on scrip issued by New Hampshire merchants from 1734 to 1933, including their biographical data, to be completed in 2008.
  14. I’m Out on a Hell of a Time: The Village of Salmon Falls  
    June 20, 2006

    Peter Michaud is Special Projects Director at the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. A life-long resident of the Piscataqua, he has been involved with researching and interpreting Rollinsford’s Salmon Falls mill Village for over a decade. In 2005, Peter curated the exhibit “This Promising Little Place: The Village of Salmon Falls” at the Old Berwick historical Society in South Berwick, Maine.
  15. Mourning Jewelry  
    Sept. 12, 2006

    Bethany Groff earned a B.A. in History and an M.A. in European and Public History from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She did post-graduate study at Trinity College, Oxford, and worked at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. Since returning to the States, she has been the Director of Cultural Tourism at the Essex National Heritage Commission. Consulting clients include the Old North Church Foundation, the Trustees of Reservations, and the Old State House in Boston. She is currently the North Shore Regional Manager for Historic New England, based at the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm.
  16. An Unbroken Chain of Custody:   
    Pendant Portraits of Enoch and Susan Parker Parrott of Portsmouth, New Hampshire
     Oct. 24, 2006

    Deborah M. Child is an independent art historian and museum consultant based in Portsmouth, NH. For the last five years, she has been researching Piscataqua portraiture of the Federal period with a special interest in genealogy and provenance searches. Currently she is the project curator for the John Samuel Blunt catalogue raisonné project (see www.portsmouthathenaeum.org/blunt)