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.
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.
The Portsmouth 375th Legacy Group, working with the Portsmouth Free Public Library and the Portsmouth Historical Society, the goal of THE PORTSMOUTH HISTORY CENTER DIGITAL ARCHIVE PROJECT is to preserve our Town’s long and rich history.
In cooperation with The Digital Ark Corporation, the Center’s digitization program, allows close examination of historic documents and fragile artifacts without risking damage or deterioration of the originals.
The John T. Pierce, Sr., Historical Collection is a digital project started in 2007 by Portsmouth Free Public Library to preserve and provide public access to collected materials documenting the history of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Materials for this site were donated to the Library by retired Portsmouth Police Chief John T. Pierce Sr. and was funded by a grant from BankNewport.
Jim Garman is the Portsmouth Historian and the President of the Portsmouth Historical Society. During the Portsmouth 375th Celebration in 2013, he delivered a series of lectures on the history of the town. Videos of those lectures, as well as other 375th videos are available here.
As part of the Portsmouth 375th celebration funds were collected to conduct celebration events, but also to help the town preserve its rich history and afford the means to get information on our town heritage. The Portsmouth History Center Project that was managed by the Portsmouth 375th Steering Committee is now being managed by the Portsmouth 375th Legacy Group and is dedicated to the preservation of Portsmouth history.
This site is your “jumping off point” for information and resources for Portsmouth, RI’s rich history. Click on the sites above to be directed to the major sites that provide important information and services that support the preservation of our historical documents, artifacts and other important information.