Thursday August 10, 6:30 PM
​Rye Public Library

Historic Rye Beach: An Illustrated talk by RHS researcher Jen King with Audience Participation

This program has been inspired by the presenter's research and development of a mobile app walking tour of Rye Beach
Co sponsored by Rye Historical Society and Rye Public Library

Monday September 4   10:30 - noon

​Rye History Trolley Tour​

Leaves from Rye Public Library parking lot

$20 PP RHS members, seniors and under 18 $18

Take a journey around Rye and learn about its fascinating history from the early settlers to the heyday as a summer resort.

Space is limited and reservations are required by email to:


RHS in the News

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.

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.

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​and town museum