Proprietors We Lost in 2019

Due to the pandemic this year, there will be no Memorial Concert for Proprietors who passed during 2019. To celebrate their lives, Performance Committee Chairman Bill Wieting assembled a pictorial and written tribute. “Instead of reading the obituaries of our...

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....