How Would You Celebrate Portsmouth400?

Portsmouth NH Masons 1923 Arch

Middle Street arch in 1923 during 300th anniversary celebration. (Photo courtesy Portsmouth Athenaeum Collection)

JULY 2018

Portsmouth400 held two public input sessions at Portsmouth Public Library in June 2018. Attendance was great and we received hundreds of ideas. If you were unable to attend but have some ideas, Please “Share Your Thoughts” at the link below. The ideas we receive through August 2018 will be combined to formulate a strategic plan. We will share the results of the June 2018 public input sessions on this webpage and enews in September.

Additional public input and informational sessions will be scheduled for the fall. We value everyone’s ideas and look forward to hearing from you!

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We value your input! Please share what you’d like to see included!

Share Your Thoughts

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.