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A Convivial Social Feed

Happy Valentine`s Day!💖

This Valentine`s Day name tag reads, "In my pretty dress of yellow, I`m a match for any fellow," and it was used for an event attended by Marion Hackett Rogers (1886-1971) around February 14, 1912. Marion was the only daughter of Wallace Hackett (1856-1939) and Abbie Main Winchester (1862-1953). The Hacketts lived on the corner of Middle Street and Miller Avenue (now St. John`s Masonic Lodge), and during the summer, they stayed at Lawn Farm, the Winchester family`s sprawling country estate on Lafayette Road (the site of HIllcrest Estates).

Athenaeum Librarian Robin Silva has cataloged the ephemera in Marion`s three full scrapbooks (1903-1904, 1909 & 1911-1912), containing photographs, invitations, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, calling cards, letters, etc. It`s safe to say that Miss Hackett had a very active social calendar. Like many of the young Portsmouth area women mentioned in her scrapbooks, Marion married an United States Navy officer stationed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. On August 29, 1914, she wed Lt. Robert Emmet Rogers USN (1886-1971) of Ozark, MO, in the Hackett home. Within the year, the couple moved to Annapolis, MD, where they welcomed their first of two children. Marion`s parents also relocated to Annapolis.

The scrapbooks came to the Athenaeum from Beverly Powell-Woodward of Hampton Falls, who acquired them from Marion`s life-long friend Miss Frances Healey (1886-1962) of Hampton Falls.

[Gift of Beverly Powell-Woodward, E 331.443.]

#happyvalentinesday #marionhackettrogers #hackettfamily #yellowfellow #ephemera #collectpreserveshare📖 #localhistory #PortsmouthNH #nh #maine #seacoast❤️

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This Friday, February 16, please join us in the Randall Gallery for the opening reception of our new exhibit, "First in the Nation: New Hampshire Presidential Primaries - 1920 to 2020," by co-curators Mary-Jo Monusky, Ceal Anderson, and Mara Witzling. The reception runs from 4 to 7 p.m. At 5 p.m., retired Associated Press photographer Jim Cole will host a gallery talk on photographs in the exhibit. 🗣️🇺🇸

This Portsmouth Herald press photo of John F. Kennedy in Portsmouth was captured the day before the NH Primary on March 7, 1960. According to the Herald, one of Portsmouth`s oldest Democratic voters received a personal greeting when James T. Whitman, 91, was introduced to Sen. Kennedy by John Loughlin, center, at an event at the Rockingham Hotel. A former city councilor, Whitman worked as a building inspector for the city, and before that, he worked for 32 years as a cooper at the old Frank Jones Brewery. Sen. Kennedy and Republican candidate Vice President Richard Nixon set voting records in each of their respective parties in the 1960 NH Primary.

👉You can learn more about the exhibit by clicking the link in bio to read Sherry Wood`s latest "At the Athenaeum: All politics is personal" on

Our NH Primary exhibit is free, and after Friday night, it`ll be open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday thru Saturday. The exhibit open hours are dependant on volunteer gallery greeters, so please plan ahead by calling (603) 431-2538. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please email our volunteer and outreach coordinator Stephanie Hewson directly at

[Thomas C. Wilson Photograph Collection, P0001_1158]

#firstinthenation #nhprimary #100years #johnfkennedy #rockinghamhotel #collectpreserveshare📖 #localhistory #PortsmouthNH #nh #maine #seacoast❤️

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Good luck to the 49ers and Chiefs tonight! 🏈🏆

The dream of playing in the big game begins for some when they were young. Pictured are members of the Haven School Football team in 1956: Angie Katsanos, Eric Cunningham, Henry Pettiford, Richard Young, Eddie McCann, Jerry Bennett, and Joe Harris. The photograph comes from the Haven Athletic Committee scrap album owned by Arthur C. Clough Sr. (1913-2001), the coach and custodian for the Haven School at 50 South School Street, Portsmouth, NH.

At the end of the 1968-1969 school year, Haven closed after 123 years, and thereafter, South End elementary students attended Little Harbour School. In 1978, the Haven School was converted into condominiums.

[Haven School Project, P0062_017.]

#nh #maine

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Riding with style into 2024!🎆

We hope you and your family have a safe and happy New Year! This 1907 New Year greeting comes from the Woods Family photograph collection. In December 1906, Walter S. Woods (1875-1951) was in Newark, NJ, when he sent this postcard to his young son Wadleigh W. Woods (1904-2001) back home on New Castle Avenue in Portsmouth.

Born in Rye, Walter was a professional baseball player, playing in the National League from 1898 to 1900 and in the minor league from 1895 until 1914. While away, Walter often sent postcards to both his son and his wife, Mary Tucker Woods (1874-1953). Eventually, Wadleigh collected three postcard albums from his father and other members of the Woods-Tucker family.

Wadleigh was a tennis professional at Wentworth-by-the-Sea (1946-1981), and a teacher-coach in independent schools in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

This year, the albums and family photos were donated to the Athenaeum, and member Andy Jaffe is volunteering to digitize the postcards. Thank you, Andy!

Happy 2024!

[In Memory of Diane E. Woods, P0072_0121.]

#walterwoods #wadleighwoods #woodsfamily #postcardcollection #newcastleavenue #collectpreserveshare #localhistory #PortsmouthNH #nh #maine #seacoast❤️

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Time is running out to check over that list.🎅

In this Portsmouth Press newspaper photo, mall Santa Tom Field discusses Christmas wishes with Anthony Fisher of Eliot, Maine, at the old Newington Mall in Newington. Photographer Benjamin Thayer captured the photo for the short-lived newspaper on Dec. 17, 1989.

In 1966, J. M. Fields, a quality discount department store and grocery center, was built off Gosling Road and the Spaulding Turnpike in Newington. Within ten years, the department store became an anchor to the new Newington Mall, which opened in the summer of 1974. The 425,000 square foot mall included 44 stores “all under one roof” and always at 72 degrees. Fields would later be the site of Bradlees department store. Montgomery Ward`s was at the other end of the mall walk. A Shaws supermarket was built at the mall but had a separate entrance. Today, this area has been redeveloped as The Crossing at Fox Run or The Crossings.

Do you remember holiday shopping or holding that business summit with Santa at the Newington Mall? What did you ask for? Share a memory in the comments.

With both the Newington and Fox Run malls existing in most of our living history, it`s no surprise the Athenaeum has very little mall material in our archive, and we don`t want our researchers to be buggin, right?😳...We think. We are like totally clueless on our mallrat slang, but you can help change that! If you have photos or paper items related to the Newington Mall or Fox Run Mall to donate and preserve for future generations, please contact our photograph collections manager James at If you want to keep the photos, we can scan and return them.

[Portsmouth Press Photograph Collection, P0031_0105.]

#newingtonmall #foxrunmall #Santa #holidaywishes #newingtonnh #portsmouthpress #collectpreserveshare📖
#localhistory #PortsmouthNH #nh #Maine #seacoast❤️

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Thank you to the Portsmouth Brass Quintet (PBQ) from the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra for performing tonight`s Athenaeum Holiday Concert at the South Church.☃️

This was "Frosty the Snowman" by Walter "Jack" Rollins (1906-1973) and Steve Nelson (1907-1981), arranged by Luther Henderson.

The PBQ includes Adam Gallant and Greg Bechtold, trumpets; Michael Bellofatto, horn; Brandon Newbould, trombone; and Jim Griswold, bass trombone.

#letitsnow❄️ #holidayconcert #portsmouth400 #portsmouthbrassquintet #portsmouthathenaeum

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And the holiday season begins 😊❄️🎄🎁 ...

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