Iconic Legend Dick Gregory Keynote Speaker, 10th Annual Black New England Conference

October 21-22, 2016,
Politically Incorrect: Humor, Satire and Black Consciousness,
10th Annual Black New England Conference

Huddleston Hall Ballroom, University of New Hampshire, Durham

Dick Gregory, Keynote speaker, 10th Annual Black New England Heritage ConferenceBoundary-breaking comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory will deliver the Keynote Address and will receive the PBHT (Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail) Citizen Award on Friday, October 21, 2016, at the 10th Annual Black New England Conference.

2016 Conference Schedule

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“It’s Pastel!” National Juried Exhibition 2016

Strollers, Gwen Nagel

Strollers, Gwen Nagel

October 22-November 26th, 2016, The Pastel Society of New Hampshire’s Juried Exhibition is at Discover Portsmouth.

Opening Reception, 5pm, October 22nd. Refreshments will be served, and there will be an awards ceremony with over $5,000 in cash and merchandise awarded.

This is a major juried show with works by pastel artists from New Hampshire and numerous other states. The event is free and open to the public. [Read more…]

Third Grade Portsmouth History Program Celebrates Tenth Year

“Fun and accessible local history”

Third Grade History Program, Portsmouth Historical SocietyPortsmouth Historical Society created its Third Grade Portsmouth History Program in 2006 to increase understanding and enthusiasm for local history by sending our PHS educator into local classrooms for an-depth, year round educational experience. The educator develops relationships during nine visits with each class, culminating in a field trip through Portsmouth. This exposure and continuity helps children understand that local history is fun and accessible. Our solid program has strong credibility and substantial teacher support; and has the added benefit of preparing students for the state of New Hampshire’s fourth grade state history program. [Read more…]

Wendy Turner ~ Island Light Lecture Series

Wendy Turner Island Light

Lecture Series

First Lecture: June 23 – Last Lecture: September 28, 2016

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Postponed: Discover the Isles of Shoals through Art

Turner, Appledore

Tidepools Appledore, oil on linen, courtesy of Lainey and David McCartney.

with Wendy Turner ~ Day trip to Star Island & Appledore

CANCELLED due to High Swells


Portsmouth, New Hampshire… The Portsmouth Historical Society’s Wendy Turner ~ Island Light exhibition continues to bring fans to Discover Portsmouth to see the 35-year retrospective. Now, fans can travel with the painter to her muse – the Isles of Shoals – for a guided tour/day trip. [Read more…]

John Paul Jones House Fall Jubilee


Thursday, September 8, 2016, 5:30-8:30pm

A Fundraiser for John Paul Jones House, A National Historic Landmark
at Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH

Public Invited; suggested donation: Members $20 | Non-Members $30 [Read more…]

John Paul Jones House Exhibition: The Odd & The Elegant

John Paul Jones House Odd and Elegant

Open until October 10, 2016

John Paul Jones House 2016

Photograph by Ralph Morang

John Paul Jones House, a National Historic Landmark, is open seven days a week from 11 am-5 pm, until Columbus Day, October 10, with special one-day opening on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, when admission is free. New this year are renovations to the historic home, Lead Guide Jessica Kliskey, and a special exhibition entitled, The Odd & the Elegant, curated by Gerry Ward and Lainey McCartney. [Read more…]

Wendy Turner ~ Island Light Exhibition


Friday June 17 – Friday September 30, 2016.

Portsmouth Historical Society presents the Wendy Turner Retrospective Reflects “Island Light” Exhibition.

“Wendy Turner’s work establishes her as one of New England’s finest interpreters of the coast”
– Carl Little, former associate editor, Art in America [Read more…]

2016 Walking Tours of Historic Portsmouth, NH

Walking tour Sandy WalentMemorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day

“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 2016 Tour Offerings. Reservations strongly encouraged. Walk-ins welcome. Member discounts apply. [Read more…]

2016 Sankofa Guided Walking Tours, Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail.

Portsmouth African Burying Ground MemorialAll Sankofa Tours will start at the Liberty Flagpole on Marcy Street, across from Strawbery Banke Museum, unless otherwise noted. Each tour ends at the site of the colonial-era African Burying Ground, now identified by the city’s Memorial Park as a place to pause and contemplate this unfinished American story.

Tours are Saturdays, and most begin at 2pm.

The first tour this season is Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Tickets are $20 (prepaid), available at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH. Call 603-436-8433. Group size is limited to 25 people.
See the complete 2016
Tour Schedule