Wednesday, September 20, 2023
5:30 p.m.
Shaw Research Library & Zoom


The Athenaeum lecture series, Portsmouth, NH: Evolution 1623-2023 Part 2, continues with with Ed Caylor’s talk, Trading on the Gundalow. For more than 200 years, gundalows sparked the economic growth of the Piscataqua region. One hundred years after their appearance here, they were also in use in southern New England, the Delaware Bay, and the Chesapeake. They were instrumental in three American victories in the Revolutionary War. They were the key to America’s expansion across the Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys. Even in 2023, the gundalow is still a force for the environment and for education in the Piscataqua region.

The lecture series continues to celebrate our city’s significant anniversaries in Portsmouth’s quadricentennial year. This year, the talks shine a light on Portsmouth’s commerce over 400 years, the historic interiors of those who lived here, and finally, the impact of climate change as evidenced at Strawbery Banke.

Each program begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Shaw Research Library of the Portsmouth Athenaeum at 9 Market Square in Portsmouth, NH (unless otherwise noted). Reservations for each program are required as seating is limited. Please call (603) 431-2538 to reserve. If unable to keep a reservation, please call again to release the seat for someone else. If you are interested in attending virtually, please e-mail

Attendance at programs is free for Athenaeum Proprietors, Subscribers and Friends. Guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the entire series 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.
Every presenter in this year’s lecture series is a Proprietor of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, suggesting the breadth of knowledge and interest in its dissemination that characterizes Athenaeum members. Each lecturer looks forward to engaging our audience with their knowledge.



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