Jun 17, 2024 – PHS Receives $50k Grant for ADA Lift

The Portsmouth Historical Society is pleased to announce the award of a $50,000 grant from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust for the installation of an ADA-compliant vertical lift, which will allow visitors access to the second floor of the museum at 870 East Main Road. The project will include a weather-tight enclosure that will […]

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May 23, 2024 – Puritans, Pirates, and Portuguese

May 23rd – Stephen Luce talked on the subject of Puritans, Pirates, and Portuguese at the Museum. In 1630 Robert Rich, the 2nd Earl of Warwick, together with other prominent English Puritans, claimed the Spanish island of Santa Catalina, re-named it Providence, and started the Providence Island Company. They envisioned this small, isolated island as

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Mar 7, 2024 – Portsmouth Celebrates 2024 Founders’ Day

Mar 7, 2024 – The RI Secretary of State participate din Portsmouth’s celebration of Founders’ Day with Showing of the Original 1638 Compact and 1776 Southwick Copy of Declaration of Independence   The Portsmouth Historical Society hosted a celebration of the Town’s 1638 founding with a ceremony at the Town Hall on March 7.   The

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Dec 6, 2023 – Portsmouth Historical Society Annual Members’ Meeting and Holiday Gathering

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.

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Nov 16, 2023 Lecture on Indigenous People During the Colonial Period

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

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