Discover Portsmouth Exhibits, Programs & Events

Ona Marie Judge: A Historical Novel, Sunday, March 1 at 2PM

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Ona Marie Judge: A Historical Novel

Presenter: Tammi Truax
Sunday, March 1 at 2PM

Tammi Truax presents a New Hampshire woman’s journey in researching and bringing to life the story on Ona Marie Judge a self-emancipated woman formally enslaved to Martha Washington.

Black Girl in Maine: living in one of the whitest states, Sun, March 8, 2pm

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Black Girl in Maine: Musings of a black woman living in one of the nation’s whitest states

Presenter: Shay Stewart-Bouley
Sunday, March 8 at 2PM

Award-winning writer and blogger Shay Stewart-Bouley will share insight and commentary on her work and the connections she has made since moving to Maine in 2002. A graduate of both DePaul University and Antioch University New England, Shay is the Executive Director of Community Change Inc., a 45 year-old civil rights organization in Boston, MA, that has been educating and organizing for racial equality since 1968.

Welcome to the Third Annual Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks

Join us for a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail is proud to announce the the Winter Tea Talk lecture series, now in its third year, to honor Nashua resident and social activist Elinor Williams Hooker. The series of lectures will be held on Sundays at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St. Free and open to the public. Donations are gladly accepted.

Emancipation Trail: Civil Rights for All, Sun. March 15, 2pm

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Emancipation Trail: Civil Rights for All

Presenter: Vincent Licenziato
Sunday, March 15 at 2PM

Vincent Licenziato, creator of the new Emancipation Trail in Boston, will discuss his new guide for the historic trail that individuals and families can use to help them appreciate and discuss the rich culture of emancipation to which Bostonians and others have contributed. The trail goes beyond Boston’s familiar Black Heritage Trail, which is mostly confined to Beacon Hill. It complements the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, and dips into the American Revolution, when American colony was “emancipated” from England, and expands the celebration of Black emancipation to the Back Bay, the South End, Roxbury, Mattapan and Boston City Hall Plaza with its towering statue of Bill Russell.

Welcome to the Third Annual Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks

Join us for a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail is proud to announce the the Winter Tea Talk lecture series, now in its third year, to honor Nashua resident and social activist Elinor Williams Hooker. The series of lectures will be held on Sundays at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St. Free and open to the public. Donations are gladly accepted.

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Edwin and Mary Scheier Exhibit Opens April 30th

Edwin and Mary Scheier: Mid-century Modern New Hampshire Artists

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April 30th – October 2nd, 2015 

The Scheiers were prolific in New Hampshire from 1940 to 1968. During that time their styles, with Mary’s utilitarian ware and Ed’s sculptural vessels, gained world-wide recognition.

They were lured by NH architect, David Campbell, to teach and expand the pottery program at the University of New Hampshire. At the time, the League of NH Craftsmen, the State of NH government, and the University system, collaborated to highlight high quality crafts, recognize their economic development potential, as well as recognize the importance of preserving heritage. These players are all part of the post war, modernist experimental movement, which pushed the limits of utility and art and stressed the benefit of the hand made.

The exhibition will include examples of Scheier art from ten institutions and private collections. The focus is on the mid-century years, from the late 1930s to the late 1960s, when Mary and Ed worked in NH, as well as their later work from Mexico and Arizona.

Pieces will be set in the context of Mid-century modern décor. Mid-century modern is recognized worldwide as a significant movement and is sure to draw scholars, architects and furniture aficionados alike.

 

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We are dedicated to increasing public understanding and enthusiasm for local history. Our trustees, staff, sponsors, and members believe strongly that the uniqueness of Portsmouth is defined by the city’s past. Our mission is to provide a central location where, in cooperation with other groups, we can introduce, interpret, and stimulate the study of Portsmouth history.