Legendary Locals of Portsmouth
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Written by Chuck McMahon

Chuck McMahon



The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Legendary Locals series is Legendary Locals of Portsmouth from author Charles McMahon. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images. Chuck is well-known as a key reporter for the Portsmouth Herald. (Check below for author events) 



Charles will be participating in the following book signings:(Always check with venue in advance to confirm date before attending since dates and times may change.)




Summer Sessions
75 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

October 29, 2013
6:00-8:00 PM 


Barnes & Noble
45 Gosling Road
Newington, NH 03802

November 2, 2013
1:00-4:00 PM




Portsmouth Book & Bar
40 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
November 4, 2013
7:00-8:00 PM 


Portsmouth Historical Society
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

November 17, 2013
2:00-5:00 PM




Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801

December 9, 2013
7:00-8:30 PM 


RiverRun Bookstore
142 Fleet Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801

February 5, 2014
7:00-9:00 PM 


Legends of Portsmouth2From its beginnings as an English settlement to its evolution into a postwar tourist destination filled with restaurants, shops and historic infrastructures, Portsmouth has seen its fair share of famous residents and local legends. The prominent people of Portsmouth range from the infamous Frank Jones, a merchant who became a world-famous brewer and eventual political playboy, to the lesser-known but equally influential Constance Bean, an administrative assistant in the city’s recreation department who changed the lives of countless children through her care and compassion.

While mindful of the past, Legendary Locals of Portsmouth focuses heavily on the city’s contemporaries. Today’s legendary locals include the likes of Frank Catalino, a local businessman whose love for pizza and people earned him a slice of his success on State Street; and Jim Splaine, a lifelong local politician who led the charge to legalize same-sex marriage and solidify New Hampshire’s lead role in the presidential primaries. The story of Portsmouth could not be told without these people and other such notable names as “Sal the Barber,” Evelyn Marconi, Celia Thaxter, Joe Shanley, Valerie Cunningham and Macy Morse.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online

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