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Portsmouth Historical Society Plans Historical Book Series Discussion

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Historical Society in partnership with the Portsmouth Free Public Library will hold a historical book series discussion entitled “The Burning of the His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee: An Attack on Crown Rule Before the American Revolution.”

The event will be held at the Portsmouth Free Public Library on Tuesday Jan. 14, at 6 p.m.

The historical society in partnership with the library hosts regular discussions of books that bring our fascinating local history alive.

The next book selection, The Burning of the His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee: An Attack on Crown Rule Before the American Revolution by Stephen Park, tells the story of the bold colonists who stood up to British rule and burned HMS Gaspee in Narragansett Bay in 1772.

It was one of the first acts of violent uprising against the British crown’s authority in America, preceding the Boston Tea Party by over a year, yet the Gaspee affair is much lesser known.

The discussion will be led by Nancy Crawford, Head Curator of the Portsmouth Historical Society.

The  discussions are relaxed and fun and new faces are always welcome.  If you love learning more about our rich history through books, you have found the right place!

Copies of the book are available for checkout at Portsmouth Free Public Library.  This event is free and open to the public.

Signing up in advance is suggested on the library’s website (www.portsmouthlibrary.org) or by calling the library at 683-9457.

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