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A Convivial Social Feed

Happy Mother`s Day from the Portsmouth Athenaeum! 🫄🪻🌷

Take a trip through our archives to meet some Seacoast moms from the past in our monthly At the Athenaeum column. Athenaeum member Sherry Wood @editorofthenight chose some tender images of mother love, from the North End to the South End to Atlantic Heights, and out to the Isles of Shoals.

To read Sherry`s article on, link in bio.

The collage includes from top right and clockwise: Rosa Moroncelli Bizzocchi (1883-1980) with eldest child Maria C. Bizzocchi Genestreti (1909-2006) in about 1910; Sarah Bissell "Bessie" Whitman Benson (1868-1938) with her firstborn, Marjorie, in 1895; Marie Leonard MacDonald (1912-1989) with her son Kenny, 5 1/2 months, and dog Kimmie in 1938; Mary G. Badger with her three-month old daughter Mary Ann Badger Mitchell (1907-2001) in 1910; Mabel Gray Freeman Thaxter (1858-1952) with children Catherine, Elizabeth, Edmund, and Charles Eliot Thaxter; and at center, Verna Carleton Card (1904-1990) with son Louis, 4 months, in 1928.

📸 North End Neighborhood Collection, P0045_201; John Prentiss Benson Collection, PS2651.012; MacDonald-Leonard Collection, PS1936; Badger Family Photographs, P0032_015; Isles of Shoals Collection, P0025_1876; and Card Family Photograph Albums, P0053_429.

#happymothersday #collectpreserveshare📖 #localhistory #Portsmoutnh

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We hope all your Easter weekend plans landed well with your loved ones.🐣✈️

This early 20th-century ouef-plane design comes from a Joyeuses Paques [🇫🇷Happy Easter] name placard that 26-year-old Marion Hackett used during a bridge party on May 17, 1911.🎴🃏

The Hacketts lived in Portsmouth in what is now known as the St. John`s Masonic Lodge at 351 Middle Street on the corner of Miller Avenue.

Cataloged by Athenaeum Librarian Robin Silva, Marion Hackett Roger`s (1886-1971) three scrapbooks are now in our online catalog. The scrapbooks are also featured both in our Spring 2024 newsletter and in a more in-depth look at Marion`s very busy social life in our latest "At the Athenaeum" column, available @seacoastonline. Link in bio.

Our fantastic member Sherry Wood @editorofthenight volunteers her time and expertise as both the editor and writer for our monthly articles, and she`s also the Athenaeum newsletter editor. Thank you, Sherry!!

Happy Easter!🐰

[Name tag adhered to the third and final scrapbook of Marion Hackett Roger`s, S0513c, E 3312.289]

#happyeaster #marionhackettrogers #ephemera #collectpreserveshare #PortsmouthNH

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Happy St. Patrick`s Day! 🍀

This 1987 city map for Portsmouth, NH, and Kittery, Maine, was an inset found in a Portsmouth City Directory in our Shaw Research Library.

Sponsoring the map was Regan Electric Co., Inc., of 236 Union Street, which was started by Daniel Vincent Regan (1922-2004) in 1954.⚡

Born in Portsmouth, Daniel was the youngest child of immigrants Michael Regan (1873-1936) of Caheragh, County Cork, Ireland, and Mary Elizabeth Connor (1880-1937) of Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the 1890s, Michael arrived in America as a young man, and he worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard powerplant until retirement in 1935. The couple had 11 children, and they lived at 24 Woodbury Avenue in the Creek (pronounced Crick) Neighborhood. The Crick was a predominantly Irish and Irish-American tight-knit neighborhood along Islington Creek (North Mill Pond). Around 1900, many of the residents were employed in the nearby Jones and Eldredge breweries as well as factories on Islington and the shipyard. Descendants still call the Crick home today. 💚

Daniel Regan graduated from Portsmouth High School, class of 1941. According to his obituary, he served in the Submarine Service for the U. S. Navy during WWII. After the war, he worked as an electrician with Edgar Casey Electric, learning the trade.

In 1947, he married Beatrice A. Holt (1921-2011), and the couple raised nine children: two daughters and nine sons. In 1953-1954, he opened his own business, Regan Electric Inc., which is still owned by the family today, now at 94 Langdon Street.

#happystpatricksday #luckoftheirish #danielregan #reganelectric #creekneighborhood #thecrick #maps #citydirectories #collectpreserveshare #localhistory #PortsmouthNH #nh #maine #seacoast❤️

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