PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) – Birthday cakes made from antique recipes are just one way the Strawbery Banke museum plans to celebrate its 50th year.

The museum consists of 37 historical homes on 10-acres that range from 175 to 310 years old. Unlike other open-air museums that focus on a specific time period, Strawbery Banke teaches about life in a 17th century settlement, its transformation to a thriving seaport in the 18th century and the struggles of a failing maritime industry in the late 19th century.

Museum officials say anniversary events will include a weekend bash this summer and a party next November. Visitors also will be able to sample birthday cakes representing the different time periods the museum represents.

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