Rye Historical Society
​and town museum

RHS in the News

Based on extensive research, Rye’s Battle of the Century: Saving the New Hampshire Seacoast from Olympic Oil, by Lisa Moll, reveals the town of Rye and its opposition activists were crucial in the debate and defeat of Aristotle Onassis’ attempted construction of a massive marine terminal, pipeline, and oil refinery along the Seacoast of New Hampshire in 1973-74. Rye’s Battle of the Century adds new insights and people to the story, including a closer examination of Rye activists who battled the attempted marine terminal along the Isles of Shoals, thwarting Olympic’s efforts to create an industrial gateway into the state of New Hampshire. The book reshapes the historical narrative in important ways. The book is available for purchase at the Town Museum.

American Impressionism on the Seacoast & Shoals

Wednesday, April 18 6:30 pm

​Rye Public Library - Free Event

A lecture on the art history of our area with Doug Nelson of Ledges Gallery

Rye History Trolley Tour:
​10:30am - 12 pm Reservations required
May 28th Memorial Day
​July 4th Independence Day
​Sept 3rd Labor Day

The History of St. Andrew's By The Sea Chapel - Rye Beach

Sunday, June 3rd, 3pm FREE 

Parishioner and chapel historian Greg Kann will tell of the history of this 1877 seaside summer chapel and the beautiful stained glass windows, including two stunning Tiffany pieces.

"Songs and Stories from World War I, One Hundred Years Later" 

Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 pm 

Rye Public Library FREE

Ramblin' Richard entertains in this commemoration of the centennial of the end of the war, and we remember the Rye residents who took part. 


Purchase the latest book on Rye's History

RHS Receives Grant

The "Access Rye History" committee of RHS (Rye Public Library, Rye Junior High and RHS) has received a grant from the NH Charitable Foundation to digitize primary sources from the museum's collection to be accessible online. This is an exciting prospect because many of the important documents we possess will now be available to students and the general public.

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