Portsmouth Historical Society restoration nears completion

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Historical Society exterior restoration is nearing completion, announced the society recently. 

Much needed repairs and repainting of the exterior of the Portsmouth Historical Society museum is nearing completion with the remainder of the exterior work to be finished later in September.

The last major renovation to the building’s interior and exterior was in 1996. This major renovation of the society museum building was made possible by society membership fees and donations, as well as grants from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, the 1772 Foundation, and the town.  

The work is being done by the Preservation Co-op of Warren, who will continue to work this fall on the inside first floor of the museum building, which will receive several new coats of paint as well.

Society board member and chair of the membership committee, Gary Gump, indicated that these repairs to the society’s main building show why membership fees and donations are so important.

“While the larger grants from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, the 1772 Foundation, and the town, have been vital to maintaining our facility, the local support demonstrated by our increasing membership make these grants possible,” said Gump.

The upstairs meeting room was repaired and repainted in 1996. 

The historical society is currently open to the public on Sundays, from 2 to 4 p.m.

See the Portsmouth Historical Society website at www.portsmouthhistorical.org for additional details and event schedules.

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