PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 Portsmouth, Rhode Island has a proud history of amazing men and women. Although it may be easier to trace the lives and influence of the Portsmouth men, our community has had women who shaped our character.\n\nAs we remember the birthday of Anne Hutchinson, the Portsmouth Historical Society will celebrate some of these women on Sunday, July 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Portsmouth Historical Society museum. This is our third annual celebration of Portsmouth women.\n\nThe museum doors open at 2 p.m. and visitors will be able to view a special display of artifacts for many of the women from the Society\u2019s collection.\n\nItems will be on display for this day only. At 3 PM in the upstairs meeting room there will be a \u201cround robin \u201c presentation on these women who have contributed to Portsmouth. There will be a brief description of each woman\u2019s role in the Portsmouth community. Cards for each woman will be read by audience members. Those who have a special connection with a woman are encouraged to read her card. After the presentation there will be an opportunity to continue viewing displays. The booklet \u201cPortsmouth Women,\u201d with more detailed information on each of the women in our past celebration, will be available for a donation ($5 is the suggestion) to pay for printing costs.\n\nA brochure on this year\u2019s honorees will be added to the booklet. Only one of our women, Dorothea Dix, could be considered famous. Some of the women have had quiet yet influential roles in our Portsmouth community. The story of Fannie Brent Scott came to light when the Society received the generous donation of a portrait of her which was painted by noted Portsmouth artist Sarah Eddy.\n\nFannie\u2019s story, from freed slave in Virginia to well loved Portsmouth community member, makes us aware of the diversity of experiences Portsmouth women have encountered.\n\nThis year we honor:\n\nTeachers: Edna Griffin Fitzgerald and Edna Brophy\n\nCommunity Workers: Alice Anthony Webb, Gertrude Macomber Hammond, Ruth Lunan and Fannie Brent Scott\n\nReformers: Dorothea Dix, Eunice Greene, Lillian Collins Borden\n\nFaithful Women: Ada and Elizabeth Trout, Ellen Gustin\n\nFarmers: May Chase Hanks\n\nThe Portsmouth Historical Society continues to look for suggestions of more Portsmouth women to research and celebrate. The society is a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Portsmouth, Rhode Island\u2019s history.