Portsmouth Historical Society
Portsmouth Historical Society (c) 2015; 870 East Main Road (at Union St), PO Box 834, Portsmouth, RI 02871

What’s Been Going On?

PHS Hosts 37th Beirut Bombing Ceremony

On October 23, 2020, the Portsmouth Historical Society hosted the 37th annual ceremony honoring the Marines that lost their lives during the 1983 terrorist bombing of the American Embassy in...

Portsmouth Historical Society Celebrating Portsmouth Women’s First Vote 1920 Oct 14, 2020

  Presentation set for October 14, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the Museum As the country celebrates the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the U.S....

A “Look Back to 1920” Lecture

On Sept 24, 2020, the Portsmouth Historical Society is hosted a brand-new lecture, “Portsmouth in 1920: An Illustrated Look Back” by Town Historian Jim Garman replete with images depicting the...

Book Club Session – Mayflower

During this 400th anniversary year of the arrival of the Mayflower in Plymouth harbor, the Portsmouth Historical Society Book Club, on Oct 5, 2020, discussed “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community,...

PHS Annual Members’ Meeting Sept 14, 2020

The Portsmouth Historical Society held its Annual Meeting on Monday September 14, 2020 at the museum building Anne Northup Burns, President, presented the Society’s Annual Report, highlights of the recently-adopted...

Ft Butts Battle of RI Event

In August 1778, the Revolutionary War Battle of Rhode Island was fought at Butts Hill Fort.  Butts Hill Fort is the largest remaining Revolutionary War fortification in southeastern New England....

PHS On-the-Road

PHS will be out on the road,visiting places of historic significance around town.  Tune to “PHS On-the-Road” at our Web Video Theater.

The Gaspee Affair – June 9, 1772

June 9, 1772 colonist in Rhode Island burn revenue cutter HMS Gaspee in Narragansett Bay. This would be one of the first acts of open defiance leading up to the American...

Happy Birthday Julia May 28, 1819

Born on this date in 1819, Julia Ward Howe is best known today for writing the words of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (“Mine eyes have seen the glory...

Friends Meeting House Open House

The Society coordinated an Open House with Kirby Realtors on Saturday March 7th. The Open House showcased the Church and facilities to the community. The event was attended by over...