“Mr. Potato Head” – Michael Stasiuk

Check out this short video on Michael Stasiuk, produced and exhibited as part of Seacoast Sculpture – Material to Masterwork.

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“Trouble as a child” – Jane Kaufmann

Check out this short video on Jane Kaufmann, produced and exhibited as part of Seacoast Sculpture – Material to Masterwork.

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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…]

Call for Art 2017

“What Artists Look Like 2017”

Submission Date Extended to June 15, 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…]

John Paul Jones House Now Open with The Odd & The Elegant Exhibition.

John Paul Jones House 2016     Portsmouth Historical Society     Portsmouth Historical Society

Open for the 2017 season

Monday, May 29 to Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, 2017
and Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017
Daily 11-5

New this year are renovations to the historic home, and the return of a special exhibition entitled The Odd & the Elegant, curated by Gerry Ward and Lainey McCartney.

Gerry Ward, curator, said, “It is a great pleasure to open the doors of the John Paul Jones House for the summer season. Once again, our visitors will have access to this grand Georgian mansion, built in 1758 and filled with collections pertaining to four centuries of Portsmouth’s history. This year, in addition to the several galleries devoted to John Paul Jones, the Russo-Japanese Peace Treaty signed in Portsmouth in 1905, Portsmouth’s maritime history, and local paintings and decorative arts, we are again featuring a special exhibition of amazing objects ‘discovered’ in storage, treasures that rarely see the light of day.” [Read more…]

New History Walking Tour Focuses on Portsmouth Women

Tour Guide Lauren Gianino in front of Celia Thaxter portrait inside Portsmouth Public Library.

Tour Guide Lauren Gianino in front of Celia Thaxter portrait inside Portsmouth Public Library.

The Portsmouth Women Tour leaves from Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 24, June 28, August 23, September 27, and October 25, 2017.

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Sankofa Guided Walking Tours 2017

presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, Inc. and the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail. The PBHT, now under the umbrella of the BHTNH, was founded in 1995 to preserve, celebrate and honor the history and culture of the African-American community in Portsmouth and the New Hampshire region. With distinctive bronze plaques that identify the community from its colonial-era African Burying Ground to the modern Civil Rights Movement, the Trail is proud to serve as a model across the country on what it means to raise public awareness and appreciation for a region not known for its Black history.

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