Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

5:30 p.m.

Research Library


Longtime Athenaeum proprietor J. Dennis Robinson wants to tell you about the “making of” his latest history gift book now available. Instead of a reading, Dennis will present a 30-minute slideshow highlighting his most interesting discoveries during two years of research on MUSIC HALL: How a City Built a Theater and a Theater Shaped a City (Great Life Press). A full-color hardcover with 288 illustrations, MUSIC HALL traces the evolution of the performing arts through 400 years in New Hampshire’s only port city.


Dennis will donate $10 for every book purchased (retail $35 cash or check) to the Portsmouth Athenaeum for books purchased at the event. His companion books on Strawbery Banke Museum, Wentworth by the Sea, and the Isles of Shoals will also be available with the same donation to the Athenaeum. Stock up now. This will be Dennis’ final history lecture for 2019.

Attendance is free; however, space is limited and reservations are required. Please call (603) 431-2538 ext. 2 and reserve your spot(s) today.

“Like so many cities, Portsmouth owes much of its economic vitality and cultural fabric to the performing arts. This book is a joyful and important tribute, not only to one of this city’s most iconic structures, but to the art of entertainment itself.”

Genevieve Aichele, Executive Director, New Hampshire Theatre Project

Image credit: David J. Murray,