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  • Back by Popular Demand: Sold-Out Walking Tour, ''Portsmouth Women,'' Returns for Second Year

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    May 07, 2018
    For interviews, please contact Erika Beer Erika@portsmouthhistory.org
    For images, please see http://portsmouthhistory.org/phs-media/
    For more information and to purchase tickets:
    Visit:  http://www.portsmouthhistory.org
    Or call 603-436-8433
    Portsmouth Historical Society announces
    2018 Walking Tours
    of historic Portsmouth, NH
    May – October
    Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street
    Portsmouth, New Hampshire…Portsmouth Historical Society has just announced its Walking Tours for 2018 which include three different offerings: a 75-minute Historic Downtown Tour offered daily at 10:30am, Historic Preservation Tours with local historian Dr. Richard M. Candee, author of Building Portsmouth select Saturdays at 10:30am; and Portsmouth Women, the fourth Wednesday of the month at 4:30pm and the 4th Sunday of the month at 11am.
    According to Erika Beer, Tour Manager for Portsmouth Historical Society, “the
    inspiration for our walking tours began several years ago with Marianne
    Pernold’s 2010 book “Portsmouth Looking Up,” which included 30 original photographs of unique, and easily missed, architecture around Portsmouth.”  Pernold donated the book to the Society allowing the organization to jump-start the tours by giving each person who attended the original tour a copy of the book that first year.
    Says Kathleen Soldati, Executive Director of the Society, “To this day, even as we have expanded to include daily and specialty tours, our historic walking tours are based on her book and the sites she photographed. Our walking tours have exploded in popularity and we owe such a debt of gratitude to Marianne for this.”
    Updated tour information is as follows:
    Historic Downtown Tour: Daily 10:30am/75-minute 
    Our experienced and engaging tour guides, long time Portsmouth enthusiasts, cover the streets, stories and architecture of historic downtown.

    Portsmouth Women Tour: Fourth Wed, 4:30pm, Fourth Sunday, 11am /75-minute
    Hear the untold stories of navigators, preachers, artists, authors, tavern keepers and madams who defied stereotypes and shaped Portsmouth.
    Historic Preservation Tours: Select Saturdays, 10:30am/75-minute
    Our Portsmouth Advocates present a series of guided walking tours led by local historian Richard Candee, author of Building Portsmouth. Taking place on select Saturdays from May through September, these tours showcase our famous neighborhoods and explore the unique architectural landscape of Portsmouth and the stories embedded in bricks and mortar.
    May 12                     Portsmouth Landmarks
    June 2                       North End: Lost Neighborhood
    June 30                    South End Preservation
    July 21                     Brick Act
    August 4                  Federal West End
    August 18                Victorian West End
    Sept. 1                                   Piscataqua Waterfront
    Sept. 15                     Industrial Portsmouth
    Walking tours kick off Sat. May 12 with Richard Candee’s Historic Preservation Tour entitled Portsmouth Landmarks. The Historic Downtown Portsmouth tour begins will be offered daily starting Sun. May 13.  All tours depart from Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street. Tours range from $12-25/person. Online reservations encouraged. Walk-ins welcome.
    “Portsmouth and its pleasures are smaller scale.
    They’re also best approached on foot.”
    • New York Times
    For more information on tours (including private, group tours) and/or to purchase tickets, visit www.portsmouthhistory.org or emailerika@portsmouthhistory.org or call (603) 436-8433.
    For NH Black Heritage Trail Tours, visit http://blackheritagetrailnh.org/tours/ please contact: 603-380-1231 for reservations.
    Portsmouth Historical Society @ Discover Portsmouth
    Interested in Portsmouth history, arts and culture? Beyond our own on-site museum exhibitions, lectures and shop filled with unique Portsmouth gifts (including numerous books on Portsmouth), and our 1758 John Paul Jones House National Historic Landmark across the street, our Welcome Center is a cultural gateway to the City. We can send you out on any number of themed Tours and guide you through all that our city has to offer – from historic homes to performing and visual arts. Ready to Discover Portsmouth? Stop here first! Discover Portsmouth is open daily from 9:30-5pm (and until 8pm for Art Round Town, the first Friday of each month). For further information on exhibitions, publications, gift shop, lectures, rentals, and tours, please call 603-436-8433 or visit PortsmouthHistory.org.
    Also available through Portsmouth Historical Society
    At the John Paul Jones House Carriage House
    Port City Bike Tours
    Now offering daily guided and self-guided bike tours starting at the John Paul Jones Carriage House, 43 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH. Guided tours (2-6 riders) range from 7 to 25 miles, 90 minutes to 3 1/2 hours, and each offers amazing scenery, history and local insights. Private custom tours for your family, friends or corporate group are also available. Tours include your guide, custom fit 21-speed bike, helmet, water and snack. To reserve call 603-969-1866 or visit www.portcitybiketours.com