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.
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.