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Portsmouth Compact unified town’s early settlers

By   /  March 8, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Local historian James Garman inspects the Portsmouth Compact at Town Hall Thursday, "I was impressed by the condition of it," he said later. "I thought it was in pretty good shape." To his right is Tracey Croce, local government records analyst for the secretary of state's State Archives Division.

PORTSMOUTH — It doesn’t look like much: a nearly indecipherable scrawl of just 76 words, followed by 23 signatures. Like Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, however, the document’s brevity is one of its strengths. What’s undeniable about the Portsmouth Compact is that it established the settlement of this town 375 years ago this week — March 7, 1638, to […]

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Portsmouth Compact visits hometown after 374-year absence

By   /  March 7, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Barbara Ripa, the town's administrative secretary, gets a sneak peek of the Portsmouth Compact in the town clerk's office before the ceremony.

PORTSMOUTH — In her first appearance here since 1639, the Portsmouth Compact made a brief but memorable visit before more than 200 adoring fans today. After a ceremony in the Town Council chambers, curious onlookers gathered around to take a peek at the treasured document, which established the settlement of Portsmouth 375 years ago today: […]

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No more tickets for Portsmouth Compact lecture tonight

By   /  March 7, 2013  /  Things to Do  /  No Comments

PORTSMOUTH — All tickets for Jim Garman’s lecture tonight, March 7, about the Portsmouth Compact and the town’s founding, have been taken. The lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Free Library. But don’t fret. Due to the high demand, according to the Portsmouth 375th steering committee, a second free lecture has been added for […]

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Original Portsmouth Compact coming Thursday

By   /  March 4, 2013  /  News  /  1 Comment

The original Portsmouth Compact of 1638 will be at Town Hall Thursday, March 7.

PORTSMOUTH — The original Portsmouth Compact, a document signed on March 7, 1638 that marked the town’s founding, will be on display Thursday at Town Hall. “It’s coming,” Town Clerk Kathleen Viera Beaudoin confirmed today. The document, which is in the possession of the state archives under the secretary of state’s office, will also be […]

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Three mayors from sister cities to visit Portsmouth

By   /  February 22, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Lynne Stagg, who will be installed as lord mayor of Portsmouth, England in May, will be visiting town Labor Day weekend.

PORTSMOUTH — With an English lord mayor coming on top of historical lectures, tours, concerts and dances, claim boils and tractor pulls, canon salutes and parades, Portsmouth 375th celebration volunteers have their work cut out for them. At their meeting Thursday, volunteers shored up plans for numerous events while suggesting ideas for more. Their first […]

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