August New Books

This season, the Athenaeum added new books you could add to your late summer and fall reading lists. Proprietors and Subscribers, click on the link below to discover the new books now available in the library:     August New Books 2020   Not a Proprietor or...

Message from a lost colony

By Keeper Tom Hardiman   In 2011, the Portsmouth Athenaeum received a remarkable bequest from the estate of long-time Athenaeum Proprietor Dudley Stoddard (1915-2009). Dudley descended from Portsmouth’s Warner family, and he left to the Athenaeum a collection of...

Wentworth Cheswill Documents

By Archivist Susan Kindstedt   The Athenaeum has two documents signed by Wentworth Cheswill (or Cheswell), a biracial Revolutionary War veteran born in Newmarket, NH, in 1746. Wentworth Cheswill was the son of Hopestill Cheswill and his wife, Katherine Kennison....