Historical Society to hold 3rd annual Portsmouth School History Trivia night

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Historical Society will hold its 3rd annual Portsmouth School History Trivia night in March.

The event will be held on Thursday, March 14, from 6-8 p.m., at the Gulf Stream Bar & Grille in Melville.

Students from the Portsmouth Middle School and High School have been invited to form teams to compete in this event, which will focus on trivia questions relating to Portsmouth history.

Town Historian and Historical Society President Jim Garman, who will be the judge for the evening, has created more than 100 questions and answers for this event, although only 25 will be used for the contest.

Noting that a key element of the society’s mission is to build enthusiasm for preserving and promoting our local history, he says “There seems to be little time in our school curricula for local history, so a little competition provides an incentive for our students to investigate Portsmouth’s fascinating history.”

Jim Garman presents prizes to the 2018 1st Place Team
(Photo by Doug Smith)

“Our town has a fascinating history and contests like these, and other society events throughout the year, help Portsmouth residents of all ages learn more about our past and recognize the importance of supporting our Historical Society, whose mission is to preserve, protect, and promote Portsmouth’s history,” said Historical Society Vice President Doug Smith.

Last year’s school history trivia contest was well attended. Four student teams – three from the high school and one from the middle school – attempted to answer trivia questions about Portsmouth’s history.

This year, Cindy Perry from Portsmouth High School and Lori Stone from Portsmouth Middle School are organizing the teams from each school and supporting the event. Portsmouth High School teacher Joe Casaday will once again act as master of ceremony for the evening’s contest. Members of the Portsmouth Historical Society Board will help administer the contest and maintain the scores.

The contest itself will consist of five rounds of 5 questions each, with short breaks in between rounds for scoring. The team with the most points at the end of the contest will be the winners. Last year, additional questions were needed for a tie-breaker between two teams.

The historical society is supported in this event by the host, one of the owners and managers of the Gulf Stream Bar & Grille, Reada Evans. The Gulf Stream building itself is a part of Portsmouth’s history. The restaurant is housed in an original Quonset hut, which was built in 1942 as part of the US Navy’s PT-Boat Training Center at Melville.

The space was converted into a restaurant more than 30 years ago and began operation as The Gulf Stream Bar & Grille in May 2016.

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