Mar 1, 2024 – Craig Clark, Society President appeared on the local TV series Portsmouth This Week
Feb 29, 2024 -Ten teams gathered at the Gulf Stream Bar & Grille for the 2024 PHS History Trivia Contest. It ended in a first place tie with the ‘The Northenders’ beating out ‘Patriots Posse’ in a sudden death playoff . The winning team was Lois Ryan, Bob Hamilton , Dave and Deb Duggan, Gerry
Dec 6, 2023 Historical Society held its 2023 Annual Meeting and Holiday Gathering The Society held its annual meeting and holiday gathering that featured showing of recently-digitized color and black and white films of Glen Farm and the Newport County Fairgrounds from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Also, official Portsmouth flag were unveiled.
RIPBS is filming a segment for their very successful series Treasures Inside the Museum at PHS. We can’t wait to see the final results sometime this spring.
Many people may be unaware of the influences and contributions of Indigenous peoples, such as the Narragansett and the Pokanoket, in the early history of Portsmouth. There is a general feeling and misconception that once Aquidneck Island was transferred to the English, Indigenous peoples were no longer a part of Portsmouth history. This lecture shed
Some future historians from the 2nd grade at Highland Charter School in Warren came to visit. The Goodwife (Schoolteacher) talked to them about attending a one-room schoolhouse and they got to ring the old schoolbell. Spending time in the Old Town Hall helped them learn about Portsmouth’s agricultural past and they enjoyed our collection in
The Portsmouth Historical Society Museum hosted a remembrance ceremony of the tragic event. On Sunday, October 23, 1983, at about 6:20 a.m., a yellow Mercedes stake-bed truck crashed into the lobby of the barracks of the 1st Battalion 8th Marines before the driver detonated a suicide bomb. The bomb was the equivalent of about 12,000
Oct 19, 2023 – NY Times Best Selling Author Lectures on the War Between the Colonists and Native Americans
NY Times Best Selling Author to Lecture of the War Between the Colonists and Native Americans NY Times bestselling author Michael Tougias gave a presentation on the war between the Colonists and Native Americans in 1675-76 at the Portsmouth Historical Society on October 19th. Tougias is the author of the acclaimed Until I Have No
Aquidneck Island has been subjected to a number of devastating hurricanes since colonial days. Over 70 people heard Town Historian Jim Garman talk about what it was like in the aftermath of the ‘38 and ‘54 hurricanes on the 85th anniversary of the 1938 hurricane. This lecture included numerous photographs showing the serious damage done to
September 10, 2023. The Portsmouth Historical Society sponsored a Family Fun Day at the Museum. The free event included a ’living history’ display in the Society’s 1725 “Southermost” Schoolhouse as well as colonial games with prizes. They met Schoolmaster James Preston who served as the first teacher and lived in the cellar of the school