Free Lecture: From Joiner to Cabinetmaker: Early Furniture from the Seacoast

Banister-back armchair with carved crest. Possibly Portsmouth, 1725–35. Maple, ash. Photograph by Ralph Morang

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm

Doors open at 5pm; galleries open during the evening

with Gerald W.R. Ward and Hollis Brodrick
Gerald W.R. Ward, curator of the exhibition, and noted Portsmouth antiques dealer Hollis Brodrick will present an overview of the show in a brief lecture followed by an informal gallery tour. The evening offers an opportunity for close and in-depth study of several key pieces in the exhibition, particularly those from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, from several perspectives.
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Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail presents Spring Symposium

Underground Railroad

The Black Past Remembered and Reclaimed in New Hampshire

Saturday, May 6, 2017 (10 to 3 pm)
Strawbery Banke Lecture Hall, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth, NH

$35 Conference, Lunch & Tour || $25 Conference & Lunch || $20 Tour

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The North has historically basked in its participation in the Underground Railroad leaving untold, till recent times, its complicity in the slave trade.

The keynote address and panel discussion for this symposium will highlight stories of some Black New Hampshire heroes and present information on the state’s participation in the Atlantic slave trade and what became known as the Underground Railroad. [Read more…]

Regional Landscapes and Local Scenes

Regional Landscapes Portsmouth

From the collection of Robert Chase and Richard Candee.

Through Thursday, April 20, 2017, Upstairs in the Special Events Room at Discover Portsmouth

Regional Landscapes PortsmouthThis winter exhibition is a rare opportunity to see a unique exhibition of nearly three dozen works by regional artists of Seacoast scenes from the private collection of Robert Chase and Richard Candee. The exhibition includes watercolor and oil paintings, lithographic prints, and photographs; streets scenes by painters Harry M. S. Harlow, Russell Cheney, and contemporary printmaker Don Gorvett. Local artist Susan Ricker Knox is represented by a landscape from her York Harbor studio. Other works depict the hotels of ale tycoon Frank Jones, and scenes from Portsmouth, New Castle, Kittery, York, and Ogunquit.

Art ‘Round Town, Syrup By the Sea Tasting

Syrup by the Sea

Free & Open to the Public,
Friday, April 7, 5-8pm

Peruse our new exhibition, Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth, sip wine and stop by our Museum Shop for a special tasting of Maple Maker Cocktails with bourbon and little Danish pancakes known as belskivers. Part of the proceeds from the purchase of the maple syrup benefit Portsmouth Historical Society.

Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street, downtown Portsmouth, NH
(603) 436-8433

Portsmouth Historical ​ Society Annual Meeting & Centennial Celebration

Thursday May 4, 2017 5:30-7:30pm.

2017 Portsmouth Historical SocietyAfter a brief business meeting for members, Portsmouth Historical Society will be celebrating its Centennial and welcoming all those who have been a part of the organization. Join us for refreshments and tour the galleries featuring “Four Centuries of Portsmouth Furniture”, and get a sneak peek at an exhibition opening the next evening, “200 Years of Portsmouth Athenaeum: Collect, Preserve, Share.” For more information, please call 603-436-8433.

Evening Schedule

5:30-6pm: Business meeting for members
6-7:30pm: Centennial Celebration (Featuring Jeff Warner, Portsmouth musician)

Join us for refreshments and don’t miss out on our surprise collaboration with Liar’s Bench Beer Company!

Come meet other members and tour the galleries!

Open to the public from 9:30-5pm daily, Discover Portsmouth is located at 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 603-436-8433

Free Lecture: Perspectives on Contemporary Studio Furniture

Jeffrey Cooper Carved Chair. Photo by Bill Truslow

An Afternoon with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2-4pm
An Afternoon with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters PechaKucha-style: What Inspires Us?

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association is a select group of artists devoted to fine design and craftsmanship. In this event, several of the Masters will explore the inspiration and process behind their works in a fast-paced and concise format of 20 images x 20 seconds each. An event not to be missed by furniture makers and enthusiasts, amateur and professional alike.
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Portsmouth Historical Society Celebrates Children’s Day

Children's Day Portsmouth NH

Sunday, May 7, 2017, Noon-4pm.

Hands On History and “N is for New Hampshire”

book signing with Rebecca Rule
At Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street

As part of Pro Portsmouth’s annual Children’s Day, Portsmouth Historical Society is presenting two family friendly activities, Hands On History and a book signing with Rebecca Rule.

Join us in the Gallery at Discover Portsmouth from noon-4:00pm for a hands-on exploration of historical artifacts. Junior Historians from the third grade classrooms at Dondero Elementary School will guide visitors with their knowledge of Portsmouth history. [Read more…]

Discover Portsmouth is Now Open for 2017 Season!

Discover Portsmouth, Portsmouth NHThe Welcome Center and Museum Shop is now open! The exhibition – 400 Years of Portsmouth Furniture – will open Friday April 7.
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Members Opening Gala

with Ben Baldwin Trio

Thurs., April 6, 5 – 7:30pm
Admission: $20 (Members Only)

An opening celebration of The Portsmouth Historical Society’s newest blockbuster exhibition. Come help us celebrate the beginning of our 2017 season with a members’ tour of the furniture exhibition before it opens to the public. Have a glass of wine, savor delicious refreshments, and relax and mingle to the music of the popular Ben Baldwin Trio.

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