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The Rye Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

we rely on support from the community to further our mission.

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Garden help needed in the spring. Contact Debbi Toohey if you'd like to help!

We invite anyone who is interested in preserving Rye history to join the society.

Through special exhibits and regular programs and museum hours, the society aims to engage people in the vital aspects of Rye's history so that current issues may be better understood and future plans respect the natural and human history of the town.
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Thursday, March 28, Rye Public Library at 6:30 PM

Michael Provost, member of the New Market Historical Society Board of Directors, will give an illustrated talk titled Adams Point, A Destination and History.

Thursday, April 25, Rye Public Library at 6:30 PM

Carol White of the Fort Stark Historic Site will tell tales of German submarines in Portsmouth waters in the midst of World War II.

Coming in May: New Exhibit: Farming, Fishing, and Fun

Watch for 400th Anniversary news, coming soon!

Visit our News & Events page for details!

Rye Historical Society
​and town museum

The Rye Town Museum houses a vast collection of items. Open Saturdays 10-12 or by appointment. Come visit us!

Our extensive image collection is available for viewing both online and in our museum.

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Our new hand-crafted Rye mugs are now available at the museum in three colors: $30 each