A Booklover’s Day Trip to Portsmouth, NH
On Sunday, August 28th, spend the day with your fellow Ticknorites touring three bookish sites in Portsmouth, NH. Our first stop will be the Portsmouth Athenaeum for a tour led by the library’s director, Thomas Hardiman. We’ll break for a quick lunch before walking to the Portsmouth Historical Society’s Academy Galleries to see the “Imagine That!” exhibition of children’s book art by New England illustrators. The curator of that exhibit, Nina Maurer, will meet us there and give a short talk before letting us loose in the gallery space. We’ll end the day at the Rundlet-May House, a historic home that is part of Historic New England and features a third floor smoking room/library and original furnishings from the nineteenth century.
11 am – Portsmouth Athenaeum
12:15 pm – Lunch
1:15 pm – Portsmouth Historical Society
3:30 pm – Rundlet-May House
Attendance is limited to 20 people, and RSVPs are required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that there will be quite a bit of standing and walking on this trip, both within and between the venues. Lunch will be on your own, with plenty of cafés and fast casual restaurants located in the three blocks between the Athenaeum and the Historical Society. There are two municipal parking lots close by the Historical Society and a garage near the Athenaeum. For more on parking, see the Park Portsmouth website. Email email@example.com if you have extra seats in your car or would like to request to carpool with others.
The Portsmouth Athenaeum is located at 9 Market Square, and admission is free. RiverRun Bookstore is less than a block away, if you want to make a stop there before or after the events of the day.
The Portsmouth Historical Society’s Academy Galleries are located at 10 Middle Street, three blocks west of the Athenaeum down Congress Street. Admission is $10 per person for adults; guests over 70 are free, as are children 17 and under.
The Rundlet-May House is located at 364 Middle Street, four blocks south down Middle Street from the Historical Society. Admission is $15 per person for adults, $13 for seniors, and $7 for students (admission is free for Historic New England members).