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PHS Book Club

The Burning of the His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee: An Attack on Crown Rule Before the American Revolution, by Stephen Park
The Portsmouth Historical Society in partnership with the Portsmouth Free Public Library hosts regular discussions of books that bring our fascinating local history alive. The discussion will take place at the library.

January’s book selection, The Burning of the His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee: An Attack on Crown Rule Before the American Revolution, tells the story of the bold colonists who stood up to British rule and burned HMS Gaspee in Narragansett Bay in 1772.  It was one of the first acts of violent uprising against the British crown’s authority in America, preceding the Boston Tea Party by over a year, yet the Gaspee Affair is much lesser known. 

Our discussion will be led by Nancy Crawford, Head Curator of the Portsmouth Historical Society.  Our discussions are relaxed and fun and we always welcome new faces.  If you love learning more about our rich history through books, you have come to the right place!  

Copies of The Burning of the Gaspee will be available for checkout at Portsmouth Free Public Library well in advance of the meeting. This event is free and open to the public.  To ensure the library has on hand sufficient copies of the book, we recommend that you sign up in advance on the library’s website or by calling the library at 683-9457.  

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Tuesday, January 14
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6:00pm - 7:30pm
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Portsmouth Free Public Library
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Carolyn Magnus
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