Mission: The mission of nscda-nh is to preserve and interpret historic properties and artifacts, increase public awareness and appreciation of american history and promote patriotism and love of country. The society provides educational opportunities through guided tours, informative programs, exhibitions, publications, and outreach to schools. The purpose of the moffatt-ladd house and garden is to interpret american, new hampshire, and portsmouth history through the lives of the inhabitants of the house. The society collects and preserves objects and manuscripts appropriate to this history.
Programs: Nscda-nh owns, operates, interprets, and maintains, according to the strictest standards of historic preservation, the moffatt-ladd house and garden at 154 market street in portsmouth, nh, as an historic house museum complex. Staff supervise the maintenance and display of the museum's decorative arts collection and research the collection and the history of the house and its inhabitants to constantly update tour content, present public programs, and prepare materials for publication. A national historic landmark, the house is open to the public for tours seven days a week from the beginning of june through the third weekend in october, and is a member of the portsmouth historic house associates and the portsmouth black heritage trail, and partners with other non profit organizations such as pro-portsmouth, the new hampshire film festival, the piscataqua maritime commission, girl scouts of the green and white mountains, and the portsmouth maritime folk festival. In 2014, 9,019 people visited the site, and we reached an additional 1,500 visitors through display and activities during the "sail portsmouth! " in august. In 2014, the most important museum-related activity was the continuation of the project to restore and conserve the window sash and window framing elements on the house. The repair and replacement of damaged clapboards and the painting of the house continues with the painting of the guides' room section of the ell. In 2014 we again held the our old house festival in june, and a benefit garden party in august (the soiree). We also held the first of what will become a biennial event - the celebration of wreaths and trees in november. We also had a variety of public lectures, tours, demonstrations, and performances, as well as school tours for students in 3rd grade through high school.
nscda-nh supports many projects sponsored through the nscda nationally. These include support for gunston hall plantation in lorton, va, friends of sulgrave manor; and the national headquarters at dumbarton house in washington, d. C. Nscda-nh also contributes to the indian nurse scholarship program, and the region iv history scholarship award to support a graduate student in history or american studies.
nscda-nh owns and provides for the perpetual care of the old odiorne point cemetery in rye, nh. , and partners with local volunteers to maintain the old settler's monument in odiorne state park. The old odiorne point cemetery is one of new hampshire's oldest burying grounds, and contains early graves marked only with rough field stone, as well as 19th-century gravestones marking the graves of members of the odiorne family, owners of the property from 1660 until 1942. The cemetery and monument are located adjacent to the walking trails of odiorne state park.