News : Balancing History, Innovation

Jun 4, 2012

Published in Portsmouth Herald

By Andrew Tiebout

PORTSMOUTH — The city's historic buildings make it an iconic destination for tourists, but preserving them is a challenge for a city that also wants to earn its place in the modern world.

The Portsmouth Historical Society faced such a hurdle five years ago when it moved its headquarters from the John Paul Jones House to the former public library on Islington and Middle streets. Today, the location is known as Discover Portsmouth and, along with the Historical Society, is home to the Seacoast African American Cultural Center and Star Island Corp.

Discover Portsmouth held its season opening on May 3. While the focus of the event was to draw attention to the building's wealth of information, artifacts and heritage, it also kicked off a new green focus for the two-centuries-old building.

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