Tag Archives: Portsmouth Historical Society

James Killavey (far right) plays the king of England as his son Kevin and wife Cindy look on. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth family brings history to life for students

Portsmouth family brings history to life for students

PORTSMOUTH — It was a family affair on stage in the Portsmouth Middle School Little Theater Friday, as three members of the Killavey family brought Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams to life in two assemblies for students in grades 4 to 7. Although the students were learning about two 17th century champions of religious freedom, the

Tiffany Giblin, the daughter of the late Sgt. Timothy Giblin, places a carnation on a memorial wreath to honor the nine Rhode Island Marines who lost their lives in the Beirut barracks bombing in 1983. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Marines killed in 1983 Beirut blast honored in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — “The Rhode Island Nine” who made the ultimate sacrifice when their Beirut barracks were bombed by terrorists 31 years ago were honored in a memorial ceremony this morning. In all, 241 Americans were killed in the attack on Oct. 23, 1983. The annual ceremony to honor their memory was held at the Portsmouth Historical


Beiruit bombing memorial set for Thursday

PORTSMOUTH — Ceremonies honoring the U.S. Marines killed in the 1983 bombing of their barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, are scheduled for Thursday morning, Oct. 23, the 31st anniversary of the attack. The Portsmouth Historical Society is again hosting the memorial service inside the society’s chapel, at 870 East Main Road, beginning at 10 a.m. Among

A gathering listens to Cindy Killavey recite poems as she portrays a friend of Mrs. Astors.  Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

History comes to life in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Some figures from Glen Farm’s past sprung to life during the debut of Heritage Day Saturday. The Portsmouth Community Theater, Portsmouth Historical Society and Preserve Portsmouth teamed up to organize the the family-friendly event, which was envisioned as a fun way to raise awareness of the special areas in town as well as the

The only known photograph. of Sarah J. Eddy

Have you met Portsmouth’s Sarah J. Eddy?

PORTSMOUTH — A few months ago, Robert Pimental, the reference librarian at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, got a call from the curator for the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., home of the famed abolitionist. The homestead displays a full-length portrait of Douglass dated 1883 and the curator was wondering whether the library

Letter: Thanks to Portsmouth 375th Steering Committee

To the editor: What an exciting year it was for Portsmouth residents celebrating the town’s 375th anniversary! From the Jan. 1 Polar Dive, an event which attracted hundreds of people, to the Dec. 31 Polar Plunge, the 375th Steering Committee offered a wife range of events for townspeople of all ages. James Garman’s series of

Portsmouth High School art student Annie Heffernan photographs the windmill at Prescott Farm.

Portsmouth High students preserve history in photographs

PORTSMOUTH — While they were toting their Nikons and Canons all over town during a recent class outing, Rose Escobar said she was surprised by how little her students knew about Portsmouth’s historical treasures. “Last week was kind of an introduction and to expose the kids on what we have today,” said Ms. Escobar, an art

Gloria Schmidt shows brothers Samuel and Mason Smith, ages 5 and 3 respectively, how students used to practice their penmanship inside the one-room Southernmost School. The Portsmouth Historical Society believes the building is the oldest surviving schoolhouse in the country.

Portsmouth Historical Society gets social

PORTSMOUTH — Isabella F. Fish was brought back to life on Sunday, and she had some words of caution for everyone who left the one-room Southernmost School that sits behind the Portsmouth Historical Society: “Have fun at recess. Don’t climb any trees!” warned Miss Fish, who was played by Society member Gloria Schmidt. Under the school’s