2658 East Main Road | Portsmouth, RI | 02871 | (401) 683-9457 | Hours

The Library will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 

Our annual reading of the Declaration of Independence will be on the grounds of the Portsmouth Free Public Library at 9:00 a.m.
In case of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Mello Program Room, but all other library services will be unavailable.


A View of Portsmouth, 1898-1932, with Town Historian James Garman

This view of Portsmouth is a presentation by James Garman as glimpsed through the diaries of Abby A. Sherman who was the wife of Benjamin C. Sherman and the mother of former State Senator and Portsmouth Town Clerk Arthur Sherman. Abby kept a detailed diary from 1898 to 1932.  She died in1933 at the age of 86.  Her fascinating diary during those years was a record of a lot of activities back then.  Photographs of Abby's family and views of the town during her lifetime enhance this talk.   


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