Portsmouth Naval Prison

Author to discuss book and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

At the next Wright Museum lecture on Tuesday, September 11 from 7 to 8 p.m., author Katy Kramer will discuss the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and her book, The Portsmouth Naval Prison.

Part of the Wright Museum’s Lecture Series, sponsored by Ron Goodgame and Donna Canney, the lecture and book signing will provide insight into what is often referred to as “the Castle,” or “the Rock.” With a deceptively appealing exterior, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has enthralled both visitors and New Hampshire residents since opening in 1908 and its decommissioning in 1974.

“Myth and lore have always surrounded the Shipyard,” said Mike Culver, museum executive director. “It will be fun to learn more about it through Kramer’s research, which spans more than a decade.”

Currently freelancing and teaching college composition, Kramer has written features for magazines, university publications, and local newspapers.

The Portsmouth Naval Prison will be held at the Wright Museum from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is $3 for members and $8 for non-members. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made by calling 603-569-1212.

The Wright Museum’s Lecture Series takes place every Tuesday through Oct. 31., which marks the end of the museum’s season. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m.

The region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages on World War II, Wright Museum features more than 14,000 items in its collection that are representative of both the home front and battle field.