Upcoming Society-Sponsored Events
25 – Murder at the Coal Mines – 7 PM at the Common Fence Point Community Center
“Murder at the Coal Mines” an original play based on an actual event in Portsmouth history, will be presented at 7 PM at the Common Fence Community Center on Friday, May 25th. This performance is presented by the Portsmouth Community Theater in collaboration with the Portsmouth Historical Society. Most of us think of Portsmouth as an agricultural community and we have little memory of the industrial community of the Coal Mines area around Arnold’s Point. If you would like more background on this area of Portsmouth, go to the link below on the Coal Mines community.
27 – Annual Museum Grand Re-Opening
Annually on the Memorial Day Weekend Sunday we have our Museum Grand Re-opening. Our Curators have been working hard at developing our special exhibit for this year. See out newly repainted interior and new museum layout.
11 – Portsmouth Historical Society Book Series #2, “The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe”, 6-7:30 PM at the Museum.
This is the second of a series of book club discussions on books about local history selected by the Portsmouth Historical Society. Copies of this title will be available for checkout at Portsmouth Free Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Please sign up on the library’s website or by calling the library at 683-9457.
(The book is available for checkout at the Portsmouth Free Public Library 401-683-9457)
Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was an heiress who married a handsome accomplished doctor who worked with the blind and deaf. They had a summer home on Union Street in Portsmouth. Showalter tells the story of Howe’s determined self-creation and brings to life the society she inhabited and the obstacles she overcame. The Civil War challenged nineteenth-century ideas of separate and unequal spheres for men and women. In Howe’s case, she fought a second “Civil War” at home and discovered ways to combine domestic chores with creativity and politics. “She righteously battled her husband and society, and finally saw the glory she always believed she deserved” (The Boston Globe). She became an social advocate, particularly for women’s suffrage. She also wrote the words to probably the most famous anthem in the country’s history—the Civil War anthem, “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
18 – Members Annual Meeting. 7 PM at the Museum
Come join us to hear what has been going on at the museum. Meet all the great volunteers and hear reports from our committee chars on what has been going on.
TBD – Anne Hutchinson Birthday Event – Anne Hutchinson: Founding Mother of Religious Freedom in America, by Fed Zilian
Date TBD – Return visit by Christian McBurney and his talk about the Battle of Rhode Island
Date TBD – Visit by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth UK
Date TBD – Beirut Bombing Remembrance Ceremony