Per our By-Laws, the Board may, by general resolution, delegate to committees such powers as they deem appropriate.
Each Committee shall have a chair appointed by the Board for a term determined by the Board. Committees shall meet as often as necessary to conduct their duties and not less than bi-monthly (except as otherwise specified below). Committee Chairs shall provide a status report for their respective committees either in writing or in person at each regular Board Meeting.
Any member may serve on the Society’s Committees .
Standing Committees :
The Curator’s Committee
Responsible for display, management and care of the historical collections of the Society aside from buildings, grounds and physical Infrastructure and is also responsible for arranging exhibits. (Email: PHSCurator@PortsmouthHistorical.org) . (Chair Nancy Crawford)
Responsible for greeting museum guests and explaining our exhibits. Docents are the core of the Society and vital to our mission of educating the public about Portsmouth’s history. ( Email: PHSDocents@PortsmouthHistorical.org ) (Acting Chair Nancy Crawford)
The Outreach and Education Committee
Responsible for outreach to Portsmouth schools, other community organizations and the community at large to educate the public about Portsmouth’s history. ( Email: PHSOutreach@PortsmouthHistorical.org)
The Membership Committee
Responsible for membership drives, collecting dues and assisting the Corresponding Secretary in administering the membership list. (Email: PHSMembership@PortsmouthHistorical.org ) (Chair Gary Gump)
The Programs/Events Committee
Responsible for scheduling and organizing Society public events and programs. (EMail: PHSPrograms@PortsmouthHistorical.org ) (Chair Doug Smith)
The Finance Committee
Responsible for reviewing and advising the board on Society financial, fundraising and grant management. (EMail: PHSFinance@PortsmouthHistorical.org ) (Chair Dave Faucher)
The Building/Grounds Committee
Responsible for maintenance and upkeep of Society buildings, interior furnishings and grounds. (EMail: PHSBG@PortsmouthHistorical.org ) (Chair : Vacant)
Public Relations Committee
Responsible for marketing Society memorabilia and promotional merchandise, and promoting Society events and activities. The Webmaster is a subset of this committee that manages the Society web page and e-media (e.g., Facebook, etc.) platforms and assists the Corresponding Secretary in electronic transmission of information. (EMail: PHSPR@PortsmouthHistorical.org ) (Chair Rich Talipsky)
Responsible for forming prospective nominee lists for election of prospective or re-election of present Board members and officers at ends of terms and when vacancies exist. They shall meet only as necessary. (EMail: PHSNominating@PortsmouthHistorical.org )
Special Committees or Sub-committees
Shall be formed by the Board for specific purposes. Special committees and subcommittees shall have specific requirements for dissolution (e.g., time or event).
The Governance Committee (Special Committee)
The Governance Committee was established by Board Vote at the January 2019. It is charged with developing a set of standard operation procedures for Society functions. It will be dissolved when the set of operating procedures is complete. ( E-mail PHSGovernance@PortsmouthHistorical.org )