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Bringing It Back: Conversations We Still Need in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Ave.
Portsmouth, NH 03801 United States

A virtual and in-person series | Sundays, February 5 – March 12 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

In 2023, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will celebrate 400 years as an incorporated town by honoring the city’s diverse and dynamic social, political, intellectual, cultural, economic, and spiritual history, from the time of the first Native American settlements to the present. Prior to European contact and Portsmouth’s incorporation in 1623, the land was home to the Wabanaki tribal nations, African traders, and European fishermen.

Commemorating this milestone, the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire will present a retrospective on popular conversations from our Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talk series which, over the years, has explored our history as the basis for dialogue about where we need to be. These community dialogues are particularly appropriate to revisit at this time of reflection. They are conversations we still need to have.

For the 2023 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks Series, together we will create a safe space for meaningful interchanges, grounded in history and lived experience between different segments of the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) community. We will also investigate the current issues that continue to create tension in the community.


All talks are from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

In-person talks are held in the Levenson Room at Portsmouth Public Library or at Temple Israel in Portsmouth. Please note the event location below.

Registration is required for both in-person and online participation.  Seating is limited to 100 people for in-person events.  If the in-person event is full, please call the BHTNH office to be put on a waiting list – 603-570-8469.

In case of inclement weather, talks will be virtual-only.