Portsmouth Arts and Historical Collaborative, 1993-1998 – S1512
Provenance: The papers were donated to the Portsmouth Athenaeum as part of Pontine Movement Theatre’s collection (MS116).
Citation: Portsmouth Arts and Historical Collaborative, 1993-1998 (S1512), Portsmouth Athenaeum
Size: 2 folders
Access: No restrictions
Processed by: Roland Goodbody, 2017
Scope and Content:
The collection includes minutes of meetings from 1993-1998, related correspondence, and two copies of the brochure created by the collaborative to spread the word about its existence and its mission. The materials cease with the minutes of September 23, 1998, although an October meeting was planned.
The Portsmouth Arts and Historical Collaborative was formed in 1993 with the mission of promoting Portsmouth as a cultural destination. Its twelve member organizations were all not-for-profit 501c3 and were represented by their CEOs. These included The Music Hall, Strawbery Banke Museum, Pro Portsmouth, The Children’s Museum, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, The Player’s Ring, Pontine Theatre, Ballet New England, The Warner House Association, the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, and Historic Associates, Inc. (Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities).
The main idea behind the collaborative was to entice tourists to come to Portsmouth and the seacoast and capture their interest in the arts and culture once they were here. The kiosk in Market Square was an initiative that came from the PAHC as well as monthly calendar listings of arts and cultural events in the Portsmouth Herald. Disappointingly, five years after the collaborative was formed, the minutes reveal that some of the same things were being mooted that were brought up in its early days.