The Shaw Research Library is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday. No appointment necessary. Masks are required during your visit.
Reading Room Tour
July 2, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tour the historic first-floor Reading Room. Donations suggested.
Shaw Research Library &
Tuesday through Saturday
1 to 4 p.m.
Prevent the Spread: A History of Smallpox Inoculation in Eighteenth-Century Portsmouth (part 1 of 2)
Athenaeum Archivist Katy Sternberger discusses the smallpox inoculation in Portsmouth, using the Henzell’s Island Inoculation Ledger, 1782, from the archives.
Join us Sunday, June 12, 2022 for a memorial concert honoring Athenaeum Proprietors who passed away in 2021. The concert will be at 3 p.m. in St. John’s Church on Chapel Street in Portsmouth.
Proprietor Ed Caylor reviews “Mona Passage” by local author Thomas Bardenwerper who will discuss the book on June 9th at 5:30 p.m. in the Athenaeum’s Sawtelle Reading Room.
We, the Proprietors of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, associate to promote learning and advance useful knowledge among our constituents and the wider community by facilitating convivial interchange and intellectual discourse; maintaining our historic buildings and library; and collecting and preserving materials relevant to the history and culture of Portsmouth and the Piscataqua Region.