Portsmouth Athenaeum 2016 Speakers' Series

Keeping the Past Alive

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Each program begins at 7:00pm in the Research Library of the Portsmouth Athenæum at 9 Market Square in Portsmouth, NH.

Attendance at programs is free for Athenæum Proprietors, Subscribers and Friends.  Guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the entire series by becoming a Friend of the Athenæum for as little as $25 per year, payable via mail or at the door. Admission to an individual program is $10.

Reservations are required. Please call (603) 431-2538, Ext. 2 for reservations up to 48 hours in advance. 


On Wednesday, February 17, join Cynthia Walker to hear of the "Impressions of a World Traveler". Learn of Edith Barry, the remarkable founder of the Brick Store Museum located in Kennebunk, ME, who was born in 1884, trained in France as an Impressionist artist, and spent the remainder of her life traveling as a single woman. Never married, Barry visited every continent in the world (except Antarctica) before her death in 1969. View Barry's photograph scrapbooks showing Africa, China and the Middle East at the turn of the century, as well as her souvenirs (now somewhat strange to us). Discover what is being done today to continue Barry's forward-thinking legacy.

Cynthia Walker is the Executive Director of the Brick Store Museum. She earned her B.S. in Public History at Northeastern University and M.A. in Museum Studies from Cooperstown Graduate Program. She champions the use of history to bring an understanding to today's events and inspire change for a better future.



March 16, 2016 brings Julie Hall Williams to tell the story of the American Independence Museum in Exeter, N.H. The Independence Museum was the holder of New Hampshire's first copy of the Declaration of Independence and one of the few remaining original purple hearts that George Washington was awarded during the Revolutionary War.

The Museum has seen a rebirth of interest and excitement after a closusre due to financial difficulty in the fall of 2012. Learn about the Museum's new approach on a path toward a more stable future.