The Mayor's Blue Ribbon Cemetery Committee of Portsmouth, New Hampshire


October 10, 2006 - Signs tell histories behind the headstones
Visitors to the city's four historic cemeteries no longer have to wait for a tour to learn about the people buried there. The Mayor's Blue Ribbon Cemetery Committee recently installed signs to teach passers-by about the history lying beneath their feet. The durable blue placards highlight some of the famous and lesser-known people buried at North, Union, Pleasant Street and Point of Graves cemeteries.

July 6, 2006 - Cemetery volunteer honored
Her contribution to the city doesn't make headlines and her work that sits in the library won't ever make the best-seller list or win an award, but Louise Tallman's vital role in preserving Portsmouth history was honored on Tuesday by the city.

December 30, 2005 - Survivor strives to make a difference
"Tikkun Olam" is a Hebrew phrase that means "leave the world a better place." It's also Audrey Bierhans' life credo.

November 29, 2005 - Gravestones toppled (article from the Portsmouth Herald)

July 27, 2005 - Raising the Spirits of Portsmouth's Past (article from The Wire)

July 11, 2005 - Unearthing stories of deceased citizens (article from the Portsmouth Herald)

Portsmouth Cemeteries Tell Tales (article from

June 27, 2005 - The dead will speak at downtown event (article from the Portsmouth Herald)

June 13, 2005 - Eavesdropping on local history (article from the Portsmouth Herald)

March 21, 2005 - Public response enables growth of ‘Spirits 2005’ (article from the Portsmouth Herald)

February 10, 2005 - Grounds for education (article from the Portsmouth Herald)

February 10, 2005 - In search of actors, lecturers, musicians (article from the Portsmouth Herald)

October 25, 2004 - The spirit behind the debates (article from the Portsmouth Herald)

May 25, 2004 - Sprucing up Portsmouth burial grounds is a goal of Portsmouth cemetery committee (article from Foster's Daily Democrat)







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