The city of Portsmouth, NH has had an organized Bahá'í presence as far back as 1929. At that time, the Bahá'í Faith was relatively obscure in this country; the first mention of the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh in this country occurred at the Chicago Parliament of Religions in 1893. Today in 2015, the Portsmouth Bahá'í community is a vibrant community with enrolled community members ranging in age from 18 months to 94 years old.

The first Local Spiritual Assembly (the local governing body in every community where there are at least nine enrolled Bahá'ís ) was formed in Portsmouth in 1929/1930. A photo was taken of the first Assembly's officers in 1930 (Photo courtesy of Green Acre Bahá'í School).
In the past, the Portsmouth Bahá'í community has sponsored noteworthy events in Portsmouth. Today, the community continues to welcome interest from those seeking to find a spiritual path and an opportunity to engage in service to advance the human race.