Moments In History

  1. Naval Medical Center

    During its first decade, the facility saw relatively few patients. But in 1847 the hospital treated its first war casualties during the Mexican American War.

  2. Portsmouth Public Library

    In 1914, a private women's study club opened a small library behind the courthouse. It had 1 librarian and was contracted by the city council to serve as the city's public library.

  3. Proclamation

    This proclamation was researched and written by members of the Portsmouth History Commission.