2016 Annual Appeal

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Please consider making a gift to our annual appeal and help us continue to bring History, Arts, and Culture to Portsmouth and the greater Seacoast! Individual contributions are critical and make up 50% of our operating expenses.

What a year! We cannot help but look back on this year with heartfelt gratitude and pride for the tremendous amount of support we have received from the community. The exhibition Illuminating Tarbell attracted record crowds of residents and tourists, garnered national and global media coverage, and motivated many new members to join PHS. The popular Wendy Turner: Island Light exhibition rounded out the summer season, inspiring guests to build a deeper appreciation of the beauty of our rugged coast. [Read more…]

John Paul Jones House Receives $27,500 Grant

New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program Awards $27,500 Grant to Portsmouth Historical Society for renovations to John Paul Jones House, a National Historic Landmark

LCHIP Grant 2016 John Paul Jones House Awarded

Reagan Ruedig (center), chair of Building and Grounds Committee for the Portsmouth Historical Society, receiving the grant award letter from Governor Maggie Hassan (left) and LCHIP Board Chair Doug Cole (right). Photo by Perry Smith


 
Portsmouth, New Hampshire… Governor Maggie Hassan and Senate President Chuck Morse joined together to congratulate LCHIP’s most recent grant recipients on their hard work and successful efforts toward protecting the special places that define New Hampshire. Governor Hassan observed that “The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is critical to protecting our natural, historical and cultural resources, and I am proud that we restored funding for LCHIP in 2013 and maintained that commitment in our current bipartisan budget. For every dollar invested by LCHIP, we see a significant return on investment through the economic activity generated by those conservation efforts. This year’s grants will support important projects across the state that will preserve our natural beauty and protect our rich history and vibrant culture.” [Read more…]

People’s Choice Winners Announced!

26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest –
through Friday December 23, 2016 at Discover Portsmouth

Free + open to the public
affordable family fun for the holidays!

Portsmouth, New Hampshire… After two weeks of voting by visitors, Portsmouth Historical Society staff announced the winners of the People’s Choice Awards out of 90 entrants for the 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest at Discover Portsmouth. The winners are:

Most Delicious Looking: “Maria’s Candy Land” by Children’s House Montessori

Most Attention to Detail: “Fantasy Cottage” by Joanne Nichols (who also won the judges award “Adult” category.)

Most Seacoast Spirit: “Knubble” Light” by Rachel Koch.

About the 26th Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit

A feature of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, the city-wide, month-long celebration anchored by The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum, the 26th Annual Gingerbread House exhibit is free and open to the public at Discover Portsmouth. Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, the gingerbread houses are nestled into a winter wonderland in the first floor gallery surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph. The exhibition can be seen every day through December 23 from 9:30am – 5pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm. Discover Portsmouth is located at 10 Middle Street. Come see these magical creations and find holiday gifts in the Museum Shop!

***More Family Fun at the 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest***

Daily activities in the gallery

Scavenger Hunt of the Gingerbread Houses
Color a Gingerbread House

Exhibition Sponsors

Devine Millimet     peoples-united-bank-logo

Season Sponsors

Devine Marketing     brown design

Also on display

· What Artists Look Like 2016
· Regional Landscapes & Local Scenes – collection of Robert Chase/Richard Candee

26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Gingerbread 2016 winner

Juror’s Selection: Youth Category – #53 Winter Log Cabin, Brett Starr. Snowy, pretzel cabin with ‘fieldstone’ fireplace, thatched roof and yard filled with evergreens.

Through Friday December 23, 2016 at Discover Portsmouth.

Free + open to the public

affordable family fun for the holidays!

Juror’s Selections:

Youth Category – #53 Winter Log Cabin, Brett Starr. Snowy, pretzel cabin with ‘fieldstone’ fireplace, thatched roof and yard filled with evergreens
Adult Category – #40 Fantasy Cottage, Joanne Nichols. Grey, shingled cottage with red trim and window boxes.
Family Category – #64 Penguin Palace, The DeCristofaro Family. Pretzel log cabin, with ‘fieldstone’ fireplace and penquins playing in snow.
Business Category – #36 Hilton Garden Inn – Robert Menard, The North Church. North Church with formed bricks, sitting on pedestal in left of gallery. [Read more…]

Discover Portsmouth Welcomes New Museum Shop Manager

2016 Museum Shop at Discover Portsmouth
Nov. 2016, Portsmouth NH: Cynthia Novotny uses the word “love” a lot. She loves her new job at Discover Portsmouth where she runs the Museum Shop. She loves Portsmouth and its history.

“Don’t you love this?” Cynthia says, picking up a new mug with images from the Port City. She has spent months stocking the nonprofit gift shop for the holiday season. Everything is hand picked. [Read more…]

26th Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit Kickoff

Gingerbread House Exhibit at Discover PortsmouthDecember 2-23, 2016
Discover Portsmouth,
10 Middle St.,
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Kickoff party, Friday, December 2, 2016, 5 to 8pm

Discover Portsmouth celebrates Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth with the kickoff party Friday December 2, 2016, 5-8pm when visitors will have the first look at the popular 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest exhibit running until Friday December 23 in the first floor gallery. Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, the gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland in the first floor gallery surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph. The exhibition can be seen every day through December 23 from 9:30am – 5pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public at Discover Portsmouth, located at 10 Middle Street. [Read more…]

What Artists Look Like – 2016

Jay GoldsmithExhibition opens at Discover Portsmouth

Portraits of local artists & their work,
Friday November 4- Friday December 23, 2016
Opening Night – Art ‘Round Town Friday November 4 5-8pm

Portsmouth, New Hampshire…Jay Goldsmith’s latest exhibition, “What Artists Look Like,” is an homage to the days of crisp black and white. In an age of instant digital photography and high-speed inkjet printers, he missed his old darkroom. Goldsmith’s latest exhibition, “What Artists Look Like,” is an homage to the days of crisp black and white images and hand-made prints. The free exhibition features unique portraits of Seacoast artists, and runs from Friday November 4 to Friday December 23 at Discover Portsmouth. [Read more…]

Portsmouth Advocates to Host Annual Awards

Portsmouth Advocates 2015

2015 Portsmouth Advocates Award Receipients

5:30-7:00 Thursday, November 17, 2016,
Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth NH

Award presentations to begin at 6:00. Light refreshments will be served.

Since 1989 Portsmouth Advocates has honored individuals and projects which enhance the city’s unique historic character and make Portsmouth a better place to live and work. On November 17, Advocates will continue this tradition by presenting awards to exceptional individuals and projects completed over the last year.

Project-specific awards include the following: [Read more…]

Call for Entries! 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest

2016 Gingerbread House ContestDecember 2-23, 2016
Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Discover Portsmouth has issued a Call for Entries for the 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest, a feature of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, the city-wide, month-long celebration anchored by The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all entrants in four categories:

  • ADULT (open to individuals or groups 18 and over)
  • FAMILY (children under 18 working with adults)
  • YOUTH or YOUTH GROUP (child or children under 18 working without adult)
  • BUSINESS / NON-PROFIT

Entries must be registered no later than Saturday, November 19, 2016

… and delivered to Discover Portsmouth from Monday, November 21st to Monday the 28th between 10-4. We are closed Thanksgiving Day. Please read the Rules and Eligibility:

Download Rules for Entry!

Register Here

Discover Portsmouth celebrates Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth with the kickoff party Friday December 2, 2016 5-8pm when visitors will have the first look at the popular 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest exhibit running until Friday December 23 in the first floor gallery. Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, the gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland in the first floor gallery surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph. The exhibition can be seen every day through December 23 from 9:30am – 5pm with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public at Discover Portsmouth, located at 10 Middle Street. We’ll announce our jurors selections at the Kickoff Party; the public can continue to vote throughout the month. On Friday December 16 the People’s Choice Award will be announced. Come see these magical creations and find holiday gifts in the Museum Shop!

According to Lainey McCartney, Curatorial Associate who is overseeing the exhibit, “We are pleased to announce another year for a sweet local tradition. Get your family and friends and co-workers together and craft your own beautiful creation!”
Call 603-436-8433 or email info@portsmouthhistory.org

Sponsored by:
Devine Millimet     peoples-united-bank-logo

Family Fun at the 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest!

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Gingerbread Pirates – Matt Tavares, illustrator
Saturday, December 3, 2016

10am – Book reading and illustration demonstration by Illustrator Matt Tavares in the Gallery.
10:30am – 11:30am – Book Signing by Matt Tavares in the Museum Shop
10:30am – 12:00pm – Make a Gingerbread House Gift Bag in the Program Space


gingerbread-mouse

Gingerbread Mouse – Katy Bratun, author and illustrator
Saturday, December 10, 2016

10:30am – Book reading and Discussion on How to Write a Children’s Book with Author and Illustrator, Katy Bratun in the Gallery
11am – 12pm – Book Signing by Katy Bratun in the Museum Shop
11am – 12pm – Decorate a Paper Gingerbread Man in the Program Space

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Daily activities in the gallery
December 2-23, 2016

Scavenger Hunt of the Gingerbread Houses
Color a Gingerbread House

Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Open 7 days, 9:30am to 5pm through December 23rd. Call (603) 436-8433 for more information.

Exhibition Sponsors

Devine Millimet     peoples-united-bank-logo

Season Sponsors

Devine Marketing     brown design