Portsmouth honors founding mothers

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The Portsmouth Historical Society celebrated Anne Hutchinson’s birthday on Sunday with a brief talk by society President Jim Garman on her life and times in Portsmouth.

The talk was followed by a discussion of the lives of several other notable women who accompanied Hutchinson. This talk was given by society member and local historian, Gloria Schmidt.

Noting that these women played a significant, but largely unsung part in the early history of Portsmouth, Schmidt asked the audience to read the names of these “founding mothers” aloud to honor their contribution to Portsmouth. 

These discussions were held outdoors in front of the society’s “Old Town Hall” building and were followed by the sharing of a birthday cake inside the society’s museum in honor of Anne Hutchinson’s 426th birthday.

The Portsmouth Historical Society celebrated Anne Hutchinson’s birthday and honored other 'founding mothers' on Sunday at the society’s 'Old Town Hall.'

About 40 people attended the ceremony, including a contingent of out-of0town guests, who were researching their Tripp family relatives.

In the coming weeks, the Portsmouth Historical Society will host artists from the Portsmouth Arts Guild at the Society from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6, and a lecture by local historian, Fred Zilian, on “Life on Aquidneck Island during the Revolutionary War” at the Portsmouth Free Public Library on Aug. 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

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