Portsmouth Naval Prison Program on Sunday

Please join the Friends of the Jackson Public Library as they host award-winning filmmaker Neil Novello with his presentation about the history of the Portsmouth Naval Prison (aka The Castle). This free program will take place on Sunday July 19th, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Public Library, located at 52 Main Street in Jackson, NH.

The Naval prison has been a fixture on a bluff overlooking the Piscataqua River adjacent to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, ME for 107 years.

Mr. Novello’s presentation will be a combination of historic photos along with video clips to help chronicle the 66 year history of the Navy’s only maximum security prison in the world where as many as 50,000 sailors and Marines spent time.

He includes the beginning when construction of the prison started in 1904, when it opened in 1908 and ends when it closed in 1974. Many of these historic photos in the presentation are not part of his DVD documentary video anthology called, The Castle: Stories of the Portsmouth Naval Prison.

There will be video clips from those documentaries that cover three different time periods starting with the end of World War I, highlighting the controversial commander of the prison who brought scandal, prison reform, and a movie crew. There is 90 year-old footage of the prison from a silent Hollywood movie where Naval prisoners were used as extras.

From the World War II era, Mr. Novello will show a video clip filmed in May 1945 which features rarely seen footage of captured German U-Boat crews escorted to the Naval prison. Lastly there are interviews with Navy and Marine personnel stationed at the prison during the Vietnam War era along with footage of the prison produced in 1971 by the Navy.

Mr. Novello has produced a wide range of productions for over 25 years specializing in documentaries, family biographies, Internet business videos and non-profit fundraising- videos.

To find out more about his background, and more about the DVD documentary video anthology The Castle: Stories of the Portsmouth Naval Prison please visit his website at www.iguanadivision.com

The presentation is free and open to the public although a $5.00 donation is welcome to offset speaker expenses. For more information, please contact the Jackson Public Library at 603-383-9731

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