Calling all history buffs, Portsmouth Junior High School is seeking volunteers and historic items for their celebration of Portsmouth day, to be held May 19.
Teachers Stephanie Warren and Jessica Smith have set out to inspire a love for history in their students.
In February, the pair invited members of the community to host presentations for Black History month. More than 60 community members volunteered for the job, each sharing a different aspect of African-American history.
Now, Warren and Smith have embarked on a new venture: organizing a day devoted to the local history of Portsmouth. In order for the day to be a success, support from the community is needed.
The students will be chaperoning the downtown area to explore and tour local businesses close to the school. According to Warren, tour guides and local businesses are still needed. The businesses must be located within walking distance of the school.
“We’re hoping that the students learn to have a greater pride in their community,” said Warren. “And how Portsmouth’s past is relevant to our future, when they take the tours in the morning they will not only visit historical sites but a few new ones like the Lofts. This give the students a chance to see how the current generations are changing the city for the better, while also preserving the past.”
They will also be housing historic artifacts in the old school gymnasium to make a mini-museum of Portsmouth-centric items. Warren and Smith also invite historical reenactment groups to perform.
Warren said anyone with any Portsmouth memorabilia is welcome to bring their items. They can also stay and share with the students if they’d like. Anything from sports memorabilia to historic photographs are welcome.
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