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

Nina Maurer, curator at Old Berwick Historical Society and project humanist for Plains Speaking, will present the findings of new research into the Portsmouth Plains Massacre and its connection to other raids in the Piscataqua region. This presentation will also include a panel discussion with Seacoast historians: Sandra Rux, curator at Portsmouth’s Warner House and Stephanie Seacord, director of marketing at Strawbery Banke Museum. 

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.