The Portsmouth Bath House

By Photographic Collections Manager James Smith   Pictured here is the relic of the former Portsmouth Bath House in the North End, as identified in this c. 1898 photo album. [Small photograph collection, PS855] In the summer of 1804, the Portsmouth Bath House...

Statement from the Portsmouth Athenaeum

A plea for wisdom These are stormy days. Many of us mourn for friends and family lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. We mourn the cruel and senseless death of George Floyd. We also grieve for the deepening divides and ever-coarsening discourse in our society. We hope that...

The Perfume of Human Wisdom

By Proprietor Sherry Wood I miss (and worry about) my 7-month-old granddaughter Eleanor, who lives in Brooklyn with her RN mom and IT guru dad. But I also miss libraries, which closed in March when Gov. Chris Sununu’s stay-at-home order was issued. I was smitten at 6...

Book Review: Olive, Again

Review by Research Librarian Carolyn Marvin Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout features the return of her prickly character Olive Kittredge from the small town of Crosby, Maine. And we, the reader, are so grateful to Strout and so ready to revisit the many villagers she...

April New Books

This April, while there is a back-order on some new books, we still have added some, mostly by donation, to the library. Proprietors and Subscribers, click on the link below to discover the new books now available in the library:   April New Books 2020   Share...

Spring 2020 Newsletter

In case you missed the latest Athenaeum newsletter, here is the digital version:   Spring 2020   If you would like to receive the newsletter in paper form, please consider becoming a member of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. The newsletter is filled with...

2020 Program Series

**CANCELED/POSTPONED Series. We will alert you of a possible make up date for these events. Please check the Calendar of Events for updates to programming.**     Portsmouth Athenaeum Program Series 2020 Elections with a New Hampshire Twist   This is a...