Portsmouth Historical Society Museum Education Programs

Portsmouth Historical Society provides a variety of educational programs for people of all ages. For adults, the Society offers lecture series, historical walking tours, symposia, and guided lunchtime exhibition tours. Our popular Portsmouth Third Grade History Program runs in partnership with the local public school system and brings advanced knowledge about local and regional history directly into the classroom on a consistent schedule throughout the school year. An important component of this program are supervised visits to both Discover Portsmouth and the John Paul Jones House Museum and Garden, where students encounter and engage with art and artifacts from the past and present at first-hand. Other offerings are designed to highlight changing exhibitions and include the Art to Craft children’s craft program, story times, and our Sketching in the Gallery programs. An ornament-decorating event, held in conjunction with the popular Gingerbread House Contest in December, caps off the year.

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Our children’s educational initiatives can be found in local public schools, as well as on site at both Discover Portsmouth and the John Paul Jones House Museum and Garden. Our popular Portsmouth Third Grade History Program runs in partnership with the local public school system, and brings advanced knowledge about local and regional history directly into the classroom on a consistent schedule throughout the school year.

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2019 Family Programs

Sketching in the Gallery

All ages are welcome to join us on select Saturdays from 10am to 12pm to sketch in our upstairs gallery space.
2019 dates coming soon!

Folk Art – Weekend Family Programs

April 13, May 4, June 15, Sept 14

Folk Art – Writing Contest

April through September

Folk Art – Collaboration and Artwork Display with Portsmouth Middle School

Date TBD

Children’s Day – Jr. Historians and Kid Activity

Sunday, May 5

John Paul Jones House – Historical Games on the Lawn

Once in July and Once in August – Dates TBD

John Paul Jones- Tea Party and Short Museum talk on Teapots (using our collection) and Book Signing

Grades 3-5 / Date TBD

John Paul Jones – Collection Table Investigation

I’m not sure if this will work, but I would love to have a place where kids can explore artifacts and pretend to be a curator. This is very simple and I would love to chat about this with the team at JPJ.

Seacoast Collects – Story Time

Every Wednesday 9:45am – 10:30am – Oct. 30 through Dec, 18 (8 sessions)

Gingerbread House Contest – Family Craft

Sunday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 15

Family / Kid Friendly Walking Tour

Dates TBD

For more information on Portsmouth Historical Society’s Museum Education Programs, please call (603) 436-8433 or email: info@portsmouthhistory.org