Plains Speaking: Portsmouth's 1696 Massacre in Fact and Fiction

Lisa Brooks, Abenaki scholar, historian and professor of American Studies at Amherst College will provide a Native perspective of historical documents pertaining to the aggressions and outbreaks that took place in New England following King Phillip's War. 

During the months of September and October, Pontine Theatre presents Plains Speaking: Portsmouth’s 1696 Massacre in Fact and Fiction, a series of events exploring the history and legacy of the massacre that occurred on the Portsmouth Plains on June 26, 1696. Pontine’s present home at the 1845 Plains School is located on this site. Our community’s longstanding interest in place-based history and historic preservation gave rise to the development of this program examining this important and overlooked part of Portsmouth’s history.  Plains Speaking is made possible through a grant from New Hampshire Humanities.  All activities are free and open to the public.

Due to limited space, preregistration is required. Reservations may be made by contacting Pontine Theatre via or 603.436.6660.