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Yesterday marked the 116th anniversary of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty.🕊️

The signing of the Peace Treaty on Sept. 5, 1905, ended the Russo-Japanese War where the two countries had been fighting for control over Korea and Manchuria.🇷🇺🇯🇵

Negotiations took place across the river at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Here is the "Peace Conference" at the Yard captured from this glass-plate negative by William Mather Lamson. [William Mather Lamson Photograph Collection, P36.035.]

Search our catalog for so much more on the Portsmouth Peace Treaty. Link in bio.

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On this date in 1945, Japan formally surrendered to the United States and Allied Forces, ending World War II.  President Harry Truman officially declared September 2nd "Victory Over Japan Day" or V-J Day. #onthisdate

In Portsmouth, the V-J Day parade was held on September 10, 1945.

Pictured is Evelyn Penney Lyle (1914-1998) of 143 Gates Street with her patriotic float "The Boys From Our Street" as seen on Parrott Avenue. According to the Portsmouth Herald, Evelyn's float "contained a picture of every boy in the service who lived on Gates Street."🇺🇲

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#wherewasthiswednesday🤔 brings us to a house no longer standing downtown BUT it is still standing. #historyonthemove

Built circa 1760, this Georgian-style house is known today as the Col. Joseph Whipple House. The son of Mary Cutt and Capt. William Whipple, Joseph Whipple (1737-1816) was a Portsmouth merchant, first as an apprentice with merchant Nathaniel Carter of Newburyport and later as partner with his brother William in a store along the waterfront here at Spring Hill. Whipple most notably was the Collector of Customs for Portsmouth.

Joseph and his wife Hannah Billings (c.1736-1811) never had children. The couple lived here at 363 State on the corner of State and Chestnut streets.

Here is the house pictured about 1900. The woman with the bicycle ❤

From 1961 to 1968, the Piscataqua History Club & Library occupied the Whipple carriage house on Chestnut Street. Led by Thomas C. Wilson, the history club would then move to the Portsmouth Apartments on Rockland Street. Eventually the club's collection of books, manuscripts, and photographs (ahem, like this one) would all come to the Athenaeum archives.😊

In 1967, the house was planned for demolition as the Portsmouth Savings Bank next door had plans for a parking lot and a drive thru window. Such an architecturally significant property, the Portsmouth Historical Society even considered moving the house to the front garden of John Paul Jones House. Thankfully, within two years, the house was saved by Frank Reynolds who traded in the wrecking ball for a flatbed truck, and the house was moved 0.6 miles away to a vacant lot. Today, the Col. Joseph Whipple House stands as a multi-unit at 599 Middle, corner of Middle and Park streets.

[From the Garland W. Patch Collection in the Thomas C. Wilson Photograph Collection, P0001_1043.]

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Portsmouth is inching closer to its 400th anniversary in 2023.🤯

Nearly 50 years ago, HRH Charles, the Prince of Wales, visited Portsmouth during the city's 350th anniversary. Prince Charles was an officer aboard the HMS Minerva docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from August 13-19, 1973, and he attended several events.👑

Mayor Arthur F. Brady hosted a reception for his Royal Highness in the Gov. Goodwin Mansion @strawberybankemuseum on August 16, 1973. According to newspaper reports, Prince Charles shook hands with nearly 300 people who attended the event. Pictured is the Prince in the Goodwin parlor with James Barker Smith (1908-1990) and Margaret Tasher Smith (1907-1995), then owners of the Wentworth-by-the-Sea Hotel in New Castle.🤴

Perhaps Prince Charles or other Royals would be interested in RSVPing to Portsmouth 2023? 🤔📮🇬🇧🎉🤯x400

Image: Photograph by Julie Warn, Thomas C. Wilson Photograph Collection, P0001_2438.

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