This companion exhibition to the recent publication A History of Portsmouth NH in 101 Objects encourages visitors to explore our shared past. From first being the home of the Abenaki, who have inhabited the area for thousands of years, through European settlement, Portsmouth’s generations of families have defined the area in myriad ways.
This exhibition includes dozens of objects featured in the book, as well as provides its own episodic glimpse into the shadows of our past. From maps to landscape paintings, commemorative items and objects of daily life, our exhibition demonstrates Portsmouth’s history in expressive ways that expand on the typical historical narrative.
We challenge visitors to think about the objects that will define “a sense of place” for Portsmouth over the next 400 years.