Does Someone Need a Hug?

Send an Obama Hug for Valentine’s Day AND Black History Month!

The Seacoast African American Cultural Center is teaming up with the Historical Society to offer these funny and heartwarming cards, featuring the friendly grin of our huggiest-ever president!

This unique and oversized card (those hands are nearly life-sized!) is sure to brighten someone’s day. We can add a message and mail this collectible card directly to your valentine!

Available at our online shop!

Rock Rest Rocking Chair

Rocking chair, America, ca. 1900-1920. Retailed by Margeson Brothers, Portsmouth. Oak, replaced leather seat; H. 42 1/4 in., W. 27 1/4 in., D. 33 in.
Portsmouth Historical Society; Gift of Bob Shouse, 2014

This chair was used at Rock Rest in Kittery Point, Maine, in operation from 1946 to 1977 as a summer retreat by Hazel and Clayton Sinclair for an African American clientele, providing a safe and congenial haven for Black travelers. Through the efforts of historian Valerie Cunningham and the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, the Rock Rest archives are now at UNH, and the site is featured in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Writing While Black: The Afrofuturistic Writer

This Sunday, the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is hosting another online edition of the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks. Featuring some big names in contemporary fiction, “Writing While Black: The Afrofuturistic Writer” will explore Black writers and characters in a genre where they have not been expected to excel.

Registration in advance is necessary, so sign up now!

Illustration by Freddy Carrasco

There may be snow in the forecast, but spring is coming soon! We’ll be open again before you know it, with some incredible works of art on the walls!

Keep warm with your Valentine and stay tuned!

History. Arts. Culture.