4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Stamp Out Old Barn Loss!

A Virtual Gathering on Barn History and Preservation Trends

Presented by the N.H. Preservation Alliance with National Barn Alliance, Preserve Rhode Island, Maine Preservation, Preservation Connecticut, Preservation League of New York State, Preservation Massachusetts, Preservation Pennsylvania, and Preservation Trust of Vermont.

Get together with other barn owners and enthusiasts to celebrate the U.S. Postal Service’s January 24, 2021 issuance of a new set of barn postcard stamps. Enjoy a discussion about what old barns mean to our communities and trends in barn preservation with three national barn experts and an award-winning fiddle player.

To register, click here or email The event is free, but donations are welcome to support barn preservation efforts in each state.

More about featured program participants:

  • Thomas C. Hubka, author of Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Architecture at the School of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

  • John Porter served New Hampshire as a Dairy Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension for over 30 years and continues to advise farmers on structures and farmstead planning. He is also the author of Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource.

  • Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki grew up with contra dance and Celtic music and has written soundtracks for audiobooks and television, appeared as a guest on over 75 albums, and performs throughout the Northeast.

  • Thomas D. Visser, Professor of Historic Preservation, is the director of the graduate Historic Preservation Program at the University of Vermont. His publications include the Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings and Porches of North America.

The program’s facilitator is Lorraine S. Merrill. Merrill and her family own and operate a dairy farm in Stratham, NH and she served as commissioner of the state’s Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food. Also a journalist and technical writer, Merrill and two collaborators produced a book and documentary in 2020 titled, Communities and Consequences II: Rebalancing New Hampshire’s Human Ecology.

Buy one or more of these books in advance here.


In 2020, Lippitt House Museum commemorated the Centennial of the 19th Amendment with programs that featured women and drew attention to the long struggle for universal suffrage. Ratified by the states in 1920, the 19th Amendment stated a person’s right to vote can’t be denied because of sex.  Throughout 2020, Lippitt House Museum highlighted this important milestone with themed programs, tours, concerts, and a special installation.


Our 2020 tour season has concluded. We look forward to seeing you again, beginning in May 2021. 



In an ongoing effort to assist the community in preventing the spread of

COVID-19, we ask everyone to observe health and safety guidelines: 

1.  Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of the virus.  

2.  Masks covering mouth and nose must be worn while visiting Lippitt House Museum and Garden. 

3.  Social distancing (6 feet) is required; parties may remain together.  

4.  The restrooms will be closed.   


A Special Website Collaboration Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Lippitt House Museum in partnership with Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities & Cultural Heritage.

2020 was the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which made it illegal to prevent a woman from voting based on her sex.  Lippitt House Museum commemorated this anniversary via its Women's Suffrage webpage. 

No refunds on Lippitt House Museum or Preserve Rhode Island ticket purchases.
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