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Our Museum shop is stocked with the perfect gifts:

  • Books about Portsmouth history – Portsmouth’s best titles!
  • Super cool stuff for kids
  • Keepsakes for your visitors
  • Unique jewelry and apparel from local artists and craftsmen

And, because we carry gifts that relate to our changing exhibitions, you’ll always find something new. This year, look for our Gertrude Fiske note cards, available in the shop opening April 1.
Exclusive boxed note cards, Gertrude Fiske: American Master.
Set of 20 cards, 5 each of 4 designs $18.95

Note: Members receive 10% off!

Special Shop events

Art ‘Round Town – the first Friday of every month from 5-8pm.

While you’re in shopping, let our Welcome Center staff help you and your visitors discover Portsmouth history, arts and culture!

For more information, call Discover Portsmouth at (603) 436-8433.

The Making of the Next Blockbuster Exhibition

Gertrude Fiske: American Master

By J. Dennis Robinson
Posted Feb 11, 2018, SeacoastOnline
Adam Brooks and Laney McCartney with Fiske painting
Photo: Adam Brooks, director of exhibitions at Portsmouth Historical Society, and curator Lainey McCartney, display one of 73 paintings in the upcoming Discover Portsmouth exhibition, “Gertrude Fiske: American Master.” This powerful work, “The Geranium” (c. 1924) has been recently conserved by Jeremy Fogg at Anthony Moore Painting Conservation in York, Maine, for the exhibition opening April 6 and running through Sept. 30. (Kathleen Soldati courtesy photo) [Read more…]

Portsmouth400

December 2017: Labrie Named Director, Portsmouth400

Susan Labrie

Susan Labrie

With the countdown to 2023 now six years away, Portsmouth Historical Society has named Susan Labrie director of Portsmouth400. Labrie was selected from a host of talented candidates by the Portsmouth400 Steering Committee, which was established as a cooperative effort between the City of Portsmouth and the Society. Labrie will work full-time for the Society as the liaison to the Steering Committee that will oversee fundraising and public outreach and coordinate events and programs leading up to and during the anniversary celebration. Read More (PDF). . .

Portsmouth Historical Society and the City of Portsmouth, NH, are gearing up for Portsmouth’s Celebrating 400 Years on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Please see below a powerpoint presentation explaining Portsmouth400 and a brief survey about your suggestions.

We value your input! Please share what you’d like to see included!

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New Book Reveals Lost African Lives in Maine

Lives of Consequence Cover

Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine

By Patricia Q. Wall

Portsmouth Marine Society Press, 2017
**Public Book Signing: Friday August 4 5-8pm at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH**

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Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail joins statewide group

The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail (PBHT), previously merged with the Portsmouth Historical Society, has a new home. The carefully researched walking trail originally designed by historian Valerie Cunningham is now part of a newly-formed statewide nonprofit organization, the Black Heritage Trail of NH.

Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail joins statewide organization

(from left) Portsmouth Historical Society President Ed Mallon, Rev. Robert Thompson, President, Black Heritage Trail of NH, Portsmouth Historical Society Executive Director Kathleen Soldati

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