Discover Portsmouth Exhibits, Programs & Events

Call for Art 2017

“What Artists Look Like 2017”

Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, May 31, 2017

For details call 603-436-8433 or email callforart@portsmouthhistory.org (see below for guidelines)
Online Submission Form

Portsmouth Historical Society is now accepting submissions for its third annual “What Artists Look Like” exhibition. Photographer Jay Goldsmith is once again teaming up with the Society to host this widely popular exhibition. The selected artists will be photographed by Goldsmith in their studios. The portraits will be on display at the Academy Gallery at Discover Portsmouth from November – December 2017. All chosen artists will have two works of art accompanying their portrait. 3-d art is encouraged. What is your art? [Read more…]

Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth

—with the NH Furniture Masters

Friday, April 7 – Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Discover Portsmouth.

Members Opening Gala: Thursday April 6, 2017, 5-7:30pm (More Info Here)
Exhibition Catalogue

An accompanying exhibition catalogue has been generously underwritten by Craig & Alison Jewett, and the Jewett Family. For more information, please call 603-436-8433; or purchase online.

Organized by Gerald W.R. Ward and Lainey McCartney, with the NH Furniture Masters

Portsmouth Historical Society is preparing dual exhibitions for the spring of 2017 to celebrate and document the important history of furniture in Portsmouth during the past four centuries, and to present outstanding work by some of today’s premier woodworkers. [Read more…]

2017 Walking Tours of Historic Portsmouth, NH

Walking tour Sandy WalentMay Through October

“Portsmouth and its pleasures are smaller scale. They’re also best approached on foot.” –New York Times.

Portsmouth is the hub of the New Hampshire Seacoast. Its downtown streets are reminiscent of a small English market village. Portsmouth’s unique, historical character can be fully captured on foot. If you’re visiting Portsmouth for a meal, an afternoon or a weekend consider taking a Discover Portsmouth walking tour!

Portsmouth Historical Society presents 2017 Tour Offerings

Reservations strongly encouraged. Walk-ins welcome. Member discounts apply.

All tours leave from Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH [Read more…]

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail presents Spring Symposium

Underground Railroad

Mapping the 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

Register Online

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…]

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…]

Portsmouth Historical Society Announces 2017 Exhibitions

at Discover Portsmouth and John Paul Jones House.

Back-to-back exhibitions feature Seacoast history, arts & culture

Portsmouth, New Hampshire…Following record-breaking attendance at last year’s acclaimed art exhibitions, Portsmouth Historical Society plans another blockbuster year at Discover Portsmouth and the John Paul Jones House.

four centuries of furniture“Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth” kicks off the 2017 spring season (April 7-June 18) with 50 fascinating works from the colonial and federal periods. This classic exhibition will demonstrate why the fine craftsmanship of Portsmouth artisans is universally respected and sought after. Featured objects in the historic 1810-era Academy Gallery will be drawn from a wide range of private and public collections. Upstairs in the balcony, the exhibition includes unique contemporary works by members of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters. Participants include expert woodworkers Jon Brooks, Jeffrey Cooper, David Lamb, Richard Oedel, and many more. READ MORE…

“Seacoast Sculpture, from Material to Masterwork,” (July 7-October 1). The second major exhibition will focus on works by three renowned locals in three different media–ceramics by Jane Kaufmann, metal sculpture by Sumner Winebaum, and woodworks by Michael Stasiuk. The companion exhibition in the balcony will feature the works of two dozen ceramic sculptors, all members of the New Hampshire Potters Guild. [Read more…]

Four Centuries of Portsmouth Furniture Lecture Series

Portsmouth Historical Society presents this FREE lecture series open to the public. All lectures take place at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For information, call 603-436-8433

From Joiner to Cabinetmaker: Early Furniture from the Seacoast

Gerald W.R. Ward and Hollis Brodrick
Thursday April 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm
Doors open at 5pm; galleries open during the evening
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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New Portsmouth Marine Society Title 2017!

Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth

Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth, with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters

by Gerald W. R. Ward, with assistance from Hollis Brodrick and Lainey McCartney

Softcover, 88 pgs, full color, 8.5 x 9, ISBN: 978-0-915819-45-4. $24.95

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For many years, the early furniture of Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Seacoast has been of interest to collectors and connoisseurs. This catalogue, featuring about sixty works from many public and private collections, re-visits some of the classic pieces of Portsmouth furniture, including works by Robert Harrold and the firm of Judkins and Senter. READ MORE