Libby Museum's 100th Anniversary plans unveiled



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A FEW MEMBERS of the Libby Museum 100 Celebration steering committee gather on the museumís front lawn (l-r): standing, Bob Osmond (co-chair) and Don Hughes; sitting, Pat Smith (co-chair), Shirley Ganem and Donna Treuel (secretary to the committee). (Heather Terragni photo) (click for larger version)
June 16, 2011
WOLFEBORO — Next year the Libby Museum in Wolfeboro will complete its first 100 years.

In anticipation of this significant anniversary a steering committee made up of 11 members linked by a common appreciation for the preservation of local history has been meeting monthly for almost a year in an effort to plan a memorable 2012 season.

From a quilt show to a family day to a gala at the Wolfeboro Inn the committee is doing its best to intersperse the summer months with activities that will bring awareness to the museum as well as celebrate a century's worth of natural history exhibits and artifact displays.

A vision of Dr. Henry Libby, the museum was built in 1912 and has continued its founder's original goal of educating visitors to the wonders of the natural world ever since.

In memory of Dr.Libby's contribution to the area and to commemorate the year of the museum's beginning, the committee hopes to put together a 1912 room that will include artifacts and memorabilia from any 1912 event.

Co-chairs Pat Smith and Bob Osmond spoke of how they hope to recreate a 1912 feel throughout different areas in the museum during the 2012 season and will even employ the likes of Dr. Henry Libby and his wife (portrayed by impersonators) to attend some of the year's events.

Smith said they would more than appreciate the temporary donation of any artifacts, articles or memorabilia from 1912 to put in the museum.

"A lot happened that year," added Museum Director Lauren Hammond. "The Titanic sank, Fenway Park was builtÖ There are a lot of things that happened in that year that we want to incorporate into this new exhibit for the centennial."

Anyone who might have something to share is encouraged to contact Smith at 569-6585.

Aside from Smith and Osmond, Libby Museum 100th Celebration Committee Members include Shirley Ganem, Don Hughes, Stan Fredriksen, Dean Richardson, Jim Weigel, Sarah Silk, Lauren Hammond, Dave Owen, and Tom Beeler.

Other ways in which the group is working to draw visitors is by creating a video of the Libby's first 100 years and where it's headed to distribute during this year's parade. A time consuming effort, the tape should also be available on YouTube when completed.

The committee now has pewter medallions depicting the museum for sale and local artist Peter Ferber has been commissioned to paint a poster of the museum that will also be for sale. These are just some of the ways the committee is hoping to draw interest in the centennial celebration as well as to the museum's many annual programs.

This season, in addition to its ongoing series, the museum will be offering several new programs for children and adults.

One new Chasing Rainbows program for "tweens" will be instructed by Joanne Parise. Succinctly titled, "For the Love of Animals," kids 10 and up will compose a variety of animal themed artworks. In a course of six weeks Parise's students will create, for example, watercolor animal portraits, stone and wire animal sculptures, as well as animal jewelry and gift boxes. Each week, one project will be made for the student to take home and another to be donated for sale at the Museum. The proceeds from the projects will go to the Animal Fund at the museum.

Another new series to be offered by Parise, "Fun and Games, Then and Now," will be offered for free (through the support of Meredith Village Savings Bank) to children eight and up. This interactive program will introduce its participants to the stories, art, games and activities of Native American and Colonial children.

These two classes only complement a long list of programs that will be available to the public. Returning programs such as Lil' Sprouts with Susan Berry, storytelling and a moonlight walk with Sally Cornwell (also free), and Petite Picasso with Tara Junkin, where young artists can explore the world of watercolor, have become tradition at the Museum.

For those who want to see live animals a Squam Lakes Natural Science Center employee will hold six themed visits at the Museum called Natural Encounters where children can learn about New Hampshire's native creatures and their habitats. Supported by the Friends of the Libby Museum, Natural Encounters is also free of charge.

Director of the Museum Hammond is excited to get visitors of all ages involved in the Libby's Butterfly Garden Project. The beautiful garden, designed and sponsored by the Wolfeboro Garden Club, lies on the lawn in front of the Museum. Hammond is hoping the garden will generate interest in individuals or groups of people who would enjoy studying, journaling, and/or sketching the garden to see what changes occur over time. In time, the garden, whose purpose is to support the lifecycle of butterflies, will be a great place to investigate butterflies in their natural habitat.

Another exhibit is the New Hampshire Forest exhibit created by Steve Berry. This display presents animals native to New Hampshire such as raccoons, bears, pheasants, and fishercats and is new to the Museum.

The adult lecture series, Humanities to Go, will return this season as well. Featuring talks titled, "Old Man on the Mountain: Substance and Symbol," "Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, Or Did She?" and the "2012 Fraud: Misreading the Maya and Their Calendars," by speakers Maggie Stier, Annette M. Holba, and R.P. Hale respectively, this series is fun and caters to a wide array of interests.

Dr. Robert Goodby, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University will return for the Museum's Indian Artifact Identification Night and there's always artworks displayed in the Patricia F. Smith Art Gallery, featuring an artist of the month.

The current artist of the month, Erin Sweeney, combines fibers, text, and the book form to make truly original art. In her honor a Book Arts workshop and meet the artist reception will be held on June 25.

Lastly, there will be several fundraisers for the museum where participants can create their own Pandora-style bracelet to benefit the museum.

All of these programs in conjunction with the Libby's everyday displays of animals and artifacts from around the world are enough intrigue anyone.

So, check out the "footprints" along the walkway leading to the museum, eat lunch in the beautifully shaded pavilion, have fun completing the museum scavenger hunt and remember to contribute to the Museum's "Draw the Community" picture book before you leave.

Until then however, look for the Libby Museum 100th Anniversary Celebration committee's entry in this year's Fourth of July parade.

For more information, program schedule or to register for any of the Museum's classes call the Libby Museum at 569-1035 or visit its Web site at www.wolfeboronh.us (look for the Libby Museum link) and "like" it on Facebook for updates.

The museum is located at 755 North Main St. (Route 109) in Wolfeboro and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

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