Portsmouth Athenaeum 2016 Speakers' Series

Keeping the Past Alive

Fall 2016 Speaker Series Program

On November 16, 2016, An Historical Societies Panel on "Collecting, Preserving and Interpreting Our Community History" will be moderated by Peggy Hodges, Portsmouth Atheaneum.

Several representatives of our local historical societies will discuss the state of the valuable organizations that collect, research, interpret and preserve historic information of our communities.

Peggy Hodges, an Atheaneum Proprietor, will lead this lively conversation which will include topics such as collection items, community programs, visitor interests, challenges and collaboration strategies.

Members of the historical society discussion panel will include:

Nancy Borden is a 5th generation resident of New Castle, NH and a founding member of the New Castle Historical Society. Ms. Borden has been President of the Society for four years, encouraging the involvement of the community in celebrating local historic sites.

Alex Herlihy is President of the Rye Historical Society and a charter member of the Society, founded in 1976. Mr. Herlihy is a retired high school history teacher and has been the director of the Rye Town Museum for the last decade.

Betty Moore is the Executive Director of the Tuck Museum and a Past President of the Hampton Historical Society. Ms. Moore's interest in small museums prompted her to enroll in the Museum Studies program at Tufts University.

Kathleen Soldati is the interim Executive Director for Discover Portsmouth, the museum and visitor center for the Portsmouth Historical Society. Ms. Soldati also promotes Portsmouth tourism for the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.

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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.