The Portsmouth History Center
This is the Hub to Gain Access to Portsmouth History Resources
The Portsmouth Historical Society’s long term vision is to protect and promote Portsmouth’s cultural heritage by creating a secure and sustainable facility, where, in conjunction with other local organizations, it stores, maintains, and displays a collection of historic artifacts, offers lectures and research assistance to the public, and stimulates the study of the town’s history for future generations.
Free Public Library
The Portsmouth Free Public Library is part of the statewide library system. It is open to the public and residents may obtain library privileges and access to the state library system. The library has many historical collections and also displays selected collection items from the Portsmouth Historical Society. The Portsmouth History Center is located in the library.
To honor the founding of our town and its subsequent history, the community of Portsmouth conducted a series of public events and observances over the course of the year. In planning for these events, much work was done and many volunteers participated in developing and conducting these civic events. Many friends and neighbors joined to help celebrate Portsmouth’s 375th year.
The Atlantic Compact was formed on an agreement between the municipalities of Portsmouth England, Portsmouth New Hampshire, Portsmouth Rhode Island and Portsmouth Virginia to enhance economic, educational and cultural opportunities. We have formalized the compact and, in the coming months, plan to expand on the basic precepts on which the alliance will be built.