Portsmouth Athenaeum 2014 Speakers' Series

Putting New England on the Map:  400th Anniversary of Captain John Smith’s Voyage

Proudly sponsored by:


Each program begins at 7:00pm in the Research Library of the Portsmouth Athenæum at 9 Market Square in Portsmouth, NH.

Attendance at programs is free for Athenæum Proprietors, Subscribers and Friends.  Guests and members of the public are welcome to attend the entire series by becoming a Friend of the Athenæum for as little as $25 per year, payable via mail or at the door. Admission to an individual program is $10.

Reservations are required. Please call (603) 431-2538, Ext. 2 for reservations. 

Also Visit:
“Mapping the Piscataqua from John Smith to Google Maps,” a Portsmouth Historical Society exhibit at the John Paul Jones House, May 1st through October 31st, portsmouthhistory.org

“Interactive History Days on Star Island: John Smith’s 1614 Voyage to New England,” June 25th, July 23rd and August 27th, starisland.org

October 15, Wednesday
“English Fishing Stations of Monhegan and Damariscove: "Right Against Us in the Main was a Ship of Sir Frances Popphames."  Neill De Paoli

In the early 17th century, the islands of Monhegan and Damariscove were home to dozens of English and French fishermen who worked the coastal waters teeming with much sought after cod.   These fishing stations served as the foundation for the permanent English settlements that began emerging on the mainland in the early 1620s.  This program draws on historic documents and archaeological research to explore these seasonal operations and the difficult lives of the men who manned them.

For the last thirty years, historian and archaeologist Neill De Paoli has been studying and writing about English settlement and Anglo-Indian and English-French relations in early northern New England.


November 19, Wednesday 
“The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail”   Jeffrey Bolster

Based on the Bancroft Prize winning book of the same title, this program explores the age of sail drama of “men against the sea” in a new light, and reveals long-term human impacts on marine ecosystems in the North Atlantic from the Age of the Vikings to the 20th century. This richly illustrated program illuminates the previously unknown back-story to today’s crisis in the fisheries.

Jeff Bolster is Professor of History at UNH. The author of several prize-winning books in maritime history, including Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail, he was also editor of the local best-seller, Cross-Grained and Wily Waters: A Guide to the Piscataqua Maritime Region.