Portsmouth Athenæum

A non-profit membership library, gallery, and museum, incorporated in 1817 and located in the heart of historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

New Hours: The Portsmouth Athenaeum is now open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Events at a Glance

March 21, 2018
  • Atlantic Heights, Portsmouth’s 1918 'War Village'

    March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth, NH 03801, USA

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    The 2018 Program Series: “Remembering the Great War, Homeand Abroad” begins as Richard Candee presents “Atlantic Heights, Portsmouth’s1918 'War Village'.” At the beginning of World War I, the federal governmentauthorized the establishment of shipyards to construct freighters. One suchcompany was the Atlantic Corporation of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Afterbuilding ten ships, the corporation went out of business but the unusualhousing development constructed for the workers remains. Follow the work of architect WalterKilham, who designed what has been called the finest industrial community ofthe era.

    A Proprietor of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, Richard M.Candee is Professor Emeritus of American and New England Studies at BostonUniversity. He has served as an architectural historian at Old SturbridgeVillage for a regional survey of New England textile mills and as a Trustee andofficer of the Portsmouth Historical Society. Dr. Candee has been awardedLife-time Achievement Awards by both Massachusetts and New Hampshire for hisservice in architectural preservation.

    Lecture begins at 7:00pm in the Research Library of thePortsmouth Athenaeum at 9 Market Square in Portsmouth, NH (unless otherwise noted.)Reservations for each program arerequired as seating is limited; please call (603) 431-2538, Ext. 2.Attendance at programs is free for Athenaeum Proprietors, Subscribers andFriends. Guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the entireseries by becoming a Friend of the Athenaeum for as little as $25 per year,payable at the door. Admission to an individual program is $10.

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Explore the Collection

The Athenæum houses an outstanding collection of documents and artifacts relating to local history. It also preserves what is undoubtedly the finest collection in the state of materials relating to the history of New Hampshire’s only major seaport.

Current Exhibit

What Hawthorne Read is a traveling exhibit from the Salem Athenaeum and will open with a reception on March 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Curator Elaine von Bruns explores the circulation records and the hundreds of books checked out of the Salem Athenaeum’s library by Nathaniel Hawthorne and then reveals how these specific titles influenced Hawthorne’s own writings in What Hawthorne Read.

The exhibit runs until June 9, 2018 in the Randall Gallery, Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m to 4 p.m.

On This Date: 100 Years Ago

The Portsmouth Bridge (also known as the Pile Bridge) was a wooden trestle bridge that carried both highway and railroad traffic across the Piscataqua River from Noble's Island to Kittery, Maine, in the vicinity of the old/new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.   According to...

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Hawthorne Exhibit Opening Reception!

Friday, March 16, 2018 5:00-7:00 p.m. Third-Floor Randall Gallery Come to the opening reception for What Hawthorne Read, a traveling exhibit from the Salem Athenaeum in Salem, MA. Curator Elaine von Bruns explores the circulation records and the hundreds of books...

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