The Portsmouth Athenaeum, Portsmouth NH 400, the Friends of the South End and the Citywide Neighborhood Committee are collaborating on a Historic House Plaque Program for 2023.

The owners of any house, no matter the age or location in Portsmouth, can research the origins of their home and complete the application for approval to install a plaque that has been pre-approved by the City’s Historic District Commission.

On July 19, the Athenaeum will host at event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to explain the process building owners will need to go through to apply for a plaque. A staff member will show people around the space and point out how the research library can be used for house research.

Athenaeum member Talia Sperduto of the Portsmouth Historic House Sign Committee is heading the plaque program.

The signs are primed and painted white with black, hand-painted lettering on red cedar. A small plaque is $250 and a large plaque is $275.

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