Angling New England on to the Map
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Begin your history adventure by touring the fascinating, historical Athenaeum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Then embark on a journey to Star Island at the Isles of Shoals and step back in time to the early 17th century when Europeans began to sail to the New World and carry home tales of wondrous riches in the form of the obliging cod fish. Discover how early attempts to map this land both enticed adventurous settlers and led to confusion and brawling. Learn how Native American maps of the New England region were the forerunner of GPS mapping today. Explore what life was like for the intrepid cod fishermen who founded the economy of the New World. After the Historic Star Conference, keep your interest in New England history alive by invited attendance to the historical programs given at the Portsmouth Athenaeum throughout the year.
Guest Speakers: Dr. Matthew Edney & Dr. Nathan Hamilton, University of Southern Maine; Regional Historians
Minister of the Week: Rev. Rosemarie Smurzynski
Programming Fee: Full conference: $115 (age 12 and above); 3-night session: $80 (age 12 and above.) Although there is no separate children’s programming, Historic Star welcomes children of all ages under the supervision of their parents/guardians.
Scholarships: If aid is needed, please apply for financial aid through Star Island.
The Historic Star Conference is held in partnership with the Portsmouth Athenaeum.
The above per person room and board rates cover the entire 7-night or 3-night stays and include ferry transporation to and from Star Island on designated days.