How Would You Celebrate Portsmouth400?

June 2018

Since 1823 our forebears have been celebrating the 1623 arrival of the first European settlers at what is now Odiorne’s Point in Rye. Previous anniversaries featured elaborate floral arches, parades newly published books, grand speeches, poems, elaborate pageants, and all manner of souvenirs–often prepared at the last minute.

This time we are planning ahead and we want your input. Portsmouth Historical Society and the City of Portsmouth, NH, are gearing up for a very special 2023. Portsmouth400 is also an opportunity to create programs that will keep our unique history alive and relevant for generations to come.

To get the ball rolling, Portsmouth400 will hold two public input sessions at Portsmouth Public Library. Following introductory remarks and a brief slide presentation, we’ll break into groups to brainstorm ideas. What can you, your group, or your company do to make history matter? Please RSVP below if you plan to attend. And use the SHARE button below to offer ideas any time via this webpage. We value everyone’s ideas and look forward to seeing you in June.

Attend one of our Public Forums

June 12, 2018 6:30 – 8:00 pm
June 26,2018 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH

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DEC. 2017

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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