Tag Archives: Portsmouth Historical Society

The only known photograph. of Sarah J. Eddy

Have you met Portsmouth’s 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