Previous 2018 Events

Thursday, May 10th at 6:30pm

David Moore, Small Town, Big Oil

We are excited to bring author David Moore to town for this great book about recent Portsmouth history!

Small Town, Big Oil  retells the story of three incredible women-Nancy Sandberg, Dudley Dudley, and Phyllis Bennett-who fought again Aristotle Onassis’ bid to build an oil refinery in the town of Durham, NH and ultimately won.

In the fall of 1973, Aristotle Onassis arrived on the New Hampshire Coast to scout out plots of land. Greek oil shipping tycoon and the husband of President John F. Kennedy’s widow, Aristotle was one of the world’s richest and famous men who was convinced his plan would go off without a hitch. His project had already received the support of governor, Meldrim Thomson and by William Loeb, publisher of the Manchester Union Leader. 1,254 residents, when faced with the decision to support the plan that would decimate the beauty of the seacoast town, resounded with a strong no to the plan.
Join us at The Portsmouth Athenaeum, right in Market Sq., for this great event.