News : Modern Industry Preserves Portsmouth’s Historic Identity

May 24, 2012

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By Andrew Tiebout

Until two hundred years ago, Portsmouth was a bustling seaport that fueled prosperity throughout the region. Today, the brick and mortar relics of that era make Portsmouth an iconic destination for tourists from around the country, but preserving that historic spirit is a challenge for a city that also wants to earn its place in the modern world.

The members of the Portsmouth Historical Society found themselves facing just such a hurdle five years ago when they moved their headquarters from the John Paul Jones House to the site of the old public library on Islington and Maplewood. Today, that location is known at the Portsmouth Discovery Center and – along with the aforementioned Portsmouth Historical Society – is home to the Seacoast African-American Cultural Center (SAACC) as well as the Star Island Corporation...

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