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Happy Holidays! We wish you a Merry Christmas and warm tidings to all this holiday season.❄️🎄

Pictured is an advertising trade card for A. P. Wendell & Co., a Market Square hardware store, which was located a few doors down from the Athenaeum.👋

[Ephemera Collection, E 0242J]

Andrew Peterson Wendell (1844-1926) was born in Portsmouth, the son of Abraham Quincy Wendell (1813-1882) and Olivia Simes Wendell. A graduate of Portsmouth High school in 1859, Andrew worked in the family hardware firm in Market Square, which his father and uncle began in 1834. Briefly he left the business to work for two leading Boston hardware businesses. In 1864, he returned as a partner in his father’s firm along with his younger brother, Henry Wendell (1849-1917).

Andrew and his wife, Ruth A. Osgood, raised four daughters. Upon his death, he was remembered as a greatly respected "old time businessman" in Portsmouth.

You can learn more about Andrew P. Wendell and his life in Portsmouth through mostly 17 pocket diaries (1872-1922) found in our manuscript collection, MS070. According to the finding aid, Andrew always recorded the weather, sometimes adding temperatures and snowfall measurements. He also regularly reported the comings and goings of his household and how business in his store was doing. He rarely recorded national events or self-reflection. He noted the events in the city of Portsmouth – fire alarm bells, state election results, evening entertainment, alderman’s meetings, and other local events.

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With trumpets, horn, and trombones, the Portsmouth Symphony Brass Quintet will herald all that's glorious about the season of Advent, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. ❄️🎄🕎🕯❤️

On Friday, December 16, 2022, come one, come all, to celebrate and be filled with a joyful mix of traditional music, seasonal favorites and music from the Renaissance to pop at 7:30 p.m. at the South Church, 292 State Street in Portsmouth.

All are invited. This FREE concert is the Athenaeum's gift to its membership and to the community at large, although contributions will be gratefully accepted at the door.

[Courtesy photo of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet members including Adam Gallant (trumpet), John Cardin (trumpet), Tracey Crain (horn), Brandon Newbould (tenor trombone), and Jim Griswold (bass trombone).]

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