Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail 10th Annual Spring Symposium, May 3, 2014

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The Coloring of Law and Punishment: Exploring the Role of Race, Ethnicity and Class in Incarceration

Saturday, May 3, 8-3PM at Discover Portsmouth

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Through productive dialogue, the symposium will explore the history of law and punishment in our state, the disproportionate incarceration of minorities and the range of social problems associated with incarceration. Presenters will examine the impact of incarceration on communities of color, the generalized criminalization of those communities most affected by poverty and racial discrimination and what a shift from punitive to restorative justice in the way our criminal system addresses crime would look like. [Read more...]

Bold & Brash! Gallery Talks

WhiteBellamyJoin us for this series of informative and thought-provoking talks that look at the legacy of John Haley Bellamy. Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy includes lectures by authors, curators and artists who have contributed to the highly anticipated exhibit. The retrospective marks the centennial of Bellamy’s death and is highlighted by the release of a comprehensive and colorful new hardcover book by exhibit curator James Craig. American Eagle: The Bold Art and Brash Life of John Haley Bellamy debunks many myths, uncovers the secrets, and explores the legacy of the successful Yankee artist from Kittery Point, Maine. Widely considered the pinnacle of American woodcarving, eagles by John Haley Bellamy (1836-1914) rank among such hallowed national symbols as the Statue of Liberty, the White House, and Old Glory. The exhibit is open from April 4 through October 3 at Discover Portsmouth.

Admission is $5 for Portsmouth Historical Society members/ $10 Non-members/ Children under 12 are free. Admission to the John Paul Jones House is included when you purchase a ticket to any gallery talk. All gallery talks begin at 11AM in the Academy Gallery at Discover Portsmouth. Gallery talk seating is limited- please call to reserve your seat (603) 436-8433. [Read more...]

NH’s Battle for Civil Rights: A 50 Year Retrospective by Valerie Cunningham on Apr 13, 2-4PM


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 will turn 50 on July 2, 2014. Its impact on the legal, education, economic and social systems in the United States has touched us all. As the world watched events in Birmingham, Alabama, that sparked the beginning of the end of a centuries-long struggle for freedom, New Hampshire was fighting its own battles for equality. This talk will outline local events in the years leading up to the federal Civil Rights Act and some of the city’s most courageous citizens who fought for a society in which all could live as equals. [Read more...]

The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail presents the Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks


2014 Schedule: Elinor Williams Hooker Winter Tea Talks

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 naming of its Winter Tea Talk lecture series, now in its second year, to honor Nashua resident and social activist Elinor Williams Hooker. In collaboration with the Seacoast African American Cultural Center the series of lectures will be held on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month from 2-4PM, at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St. [Read more...]

Portsmouth Historical Society’s 96th Annual Meeting, Thursday April 24th

Join us for the Season Launch and Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30-7:30PM

The Portsmouth Historical Society is presenting another year of exceptional exhibits, tours and lectures. With your support we will continue to tell Portsmouth stories!

April is Membership Month

Renew online or by phone by May 1 and be entered in a drawing for the entire series of Bellamy Gallery Talks by Jim Craig and guests, or win a free copy of American Eagle: The Bold Art and Brash Life of John H. Bellamy. Spread the word about the upcoming year at Discover Portsmouth, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, the John Paul Jones House, Portsmouth Advocates and the Portsmouth Marine Society Press and help us reach our goal of 97 new members in 2014.

To RSVP for the Annual Meeting please call the Front Desk (603) 436-8433.
The meeting will be held in the Special Events Room at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, NH.