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Unloved President Franklin Pierce Had Seacoast Connections Print E-mail
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Franklin Pierce  medal smallHISTORY MATTERS

 If he visited no other place, the departing President Franklin Pierce told a local crowd in 1856, he must come to Portsmouth. It was here that he spent some of the most agreeable years of his life, he said. Fresh out of Bowdoin College, the athletic and strikingly handsome dark-haired Pierce had studied law in Portsmouth three decades earlier with the enormously popular Judge Levi Woodbury. (Click headline for full article) 

2014 TEDxPiscataquaRiver Speakers Print E-mail
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The second annual TEDx event will take place on May 9th, 2014, at St. John's Hall on Chapel Street in downtown Portsmouth. A public lottery for 40 of the 100 tickets available will be open from April 1st–20th at The full-day event will also be available streaming live online. (Click headline for list)  

Law and Punishment Theme of Black Heritage Symposium Print E-mail
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Susan BurtonPORTSMOUTH MAY 3, 2014

The Coloring of Law and Punishment: Exploring the Role of Race, Ethnicity and Class in Incarceration is the theme of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail 10th annual spring symposium on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street. (Click headline for details) 

Shrek Selected as Arts Festival 2014 Musical Print E-mail
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Shrek the msuicalSUMMER 2014 

Catch all your favorite fairy-tale characters as they invade Prescott Park this summer! Shrek has been announced as the musical for Prescott Park Arts Festival's 2014 summer season. Wilcox Industries COO, Laurie Teetzel and CEO, Jim Teetzel, made the announcement. (Click headline for details) 

Why Superstitious Puritans Put Shoes in the Wall Print E-mail
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Shoes in the wallAPRIL 24, 2014 TALK


Historian Jan Eakins became interested in devices used by early New Englanders to ward off witches when she was director/curator of Fairbanks House, built in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1641. Puritans believed supernatural forces for good and evil shaped their daily lives. To ward off disaster, they placed old shoes in the walls of their houses and barns, hung a horseshoe over the door, or crossed their fingers – practices that continued long after the Puritan religion faded. (Click on headline) 

Ogunquit Museum Of American Art 2014 Season Print E-mail
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Andrew-Wyeth Ogunquit-Art-MuseumOPEN MAY 1- October 31 

Throughout the season the Ogunquit Museum of American Art features exhibitions of John Laurent, Andrew Wyeth, Richard Brown Lethem, Alexandra de Steiguer, Amy Stacey Curtis and Henry Strater, as well as recent acquisitions and works from the permanent collection.  

Build an Oyster Cat Sailboat with Your Family in Just Three Days Print E-mail
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As warmer days approach, families can spend the summer sailing in a boat they built together -- right now. Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Family Boat Building Workshop sponsored by the UNH Marine Docents.

Randall on Thaxter in Amesbury Print E-mail
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Peter E RandallLECTURE & FILM APRIL 3  

Author, photographer and filmmaker Peter E. Randall will present a program on Celia Thaxter's Island Garden at the Whittier Home Association’s annual dinner meeting on Thursday, April 3, at the Union Congregational Church, 350 Main StreetPoint Shore, Amesbury. (Click title for full article) 

All About 1879 Grace Darling Omnibus Print E-mail
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grace Darling smallMARCH 27 LECTURE

One of the most remarkable and gorgeous horse-drawn carriages in any museum collection in the United States, the Grace Darling omnibus, first used in 1880, transported tourists in style in South Berwick until 1904.  On March 27 the Long Island Museum's Chief Curator Joshua Ruff discusses the history of this beautifully-painted twenty-three foot long vehicle, now a star of his museum's collection. (Click title for full article) 

Those Dangerous Daily Newspapers Print E-mail
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Dailynews runningmanHISTORY MATTERS

George Lunt is nervous about the latest high-tech media. The news is coming out way too fast for anyone to keep pace, he says. Besides, most of what passes for news these days is trivial and irrelevant. Editors can't edit. Writers can't write. Worse yet, the media is creeping into our bedrooms, destroying our privacy, sucking up our valuable time, and focusing on lewd and violent topics.

Operation Mockingbird Lands in Newburyport Print E-mail
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mockingbird-coverMARK YOUR CALENDAR

Operation Mockingbird, a debut novel by Linda Baletsa, makes a perfect read for political thriller seekers, covert operation aficionados and anyone looking for a quick and dangerous escapade. Join the author at The Book Rack Bookstore, 52 State Street, Newburyport on Saturday, March 22nd at 3:00 pm for a book event. 

Portsmouth Seal Shows Changed City Print E-mail
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Portsmouth Seal Presents 
Historic Portsmouth #503

What better way to "keep Portsmouth Portsmouth" than to measure our progress against the city's official seal from the past? I scanned this one from an 1873 report on the "Return of the Sons and Daughters" celebration, but there's a larger seal hanging on the wall of the city council chambers. (Click headline for full article) 

Intelligent Theatre Festival Back in 2014 Print E-mail
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Playwright Harrison Monane and actor Indira Leal at the 2013 Intelligent Theatre Festival Photo by Genevieve AicheleMARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 21-30, 2014 

Back by popular demand,  The Intelligent Theatre Festival, which premiered in April 2013, is expanding to TWO weekends of provocative scripts and screenplays this year. (Click headline for schedule) 

When Old Ironsides Was Ours Print E-mail
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Old Ironsides in Portsmouth HarborHISTORY MATTERS  

A photograph discovered by a reader at a flea market sparks memories of the years when the USS Constitution was the hottest tourist site in Portsmouth Harbor. Was it the lowest ebb for the historic ship, or the end of a patriotic love affair? 

Music Hall March Film Lineup Print E-mail
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Rocket PosterFILMS FOR MARCH 2014


Ten films to beat the March malaise at the Portsmouth Music Hall and Loft theaters. Click the headline to see the entire March calendar and a breif summary of each film. 

Through the Lens Exhibit at Gallery 6 Print E-mail
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StevenHolt Bali BoyWithRoosterMARK YOUR CALENDAR

This spring, the walls of Gallery 6 at the Children’s Museum of NH will take visitors on a visual journey far beyond New Hampshire’s borders. The work of nine regional photographers is being shared in a new exhibit titled “Through The Lens – a Look at our Diverse World.” This exhibit will be on display from March 7 – May 26. (Click headline for full article) 

Thumbsucker Author at Loft March 26 Print E-mail
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The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series welcomes novelist and essayist Walter Kirn, author of Thumbsucker and Up in the Air, on Wednesday, March 26. Kirn will discuss his forthcoming memoirBlood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery and a Masquerade. (Click headline for full articles) 

Dance for Haiti March 22 Print E-mail
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Most of the 200 people who show up each year at the Caribbean Nights Dance Party really just want to dance to the contagious Latin and reggae tunes of Combo Sabroso, a band that comes up each year from BostonBut for five years, guests at the annual event have played a central role in paying teachers, buying uniforms and in general educating children at the Eben Ezer School in the rural town of Milot, Haiti. (Click headline for full article) 

YoYo People Show March 8 Print E-mail
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John Higby brings back that nostalgic toy, the YoYo, to the Portsmouth West End stage. Remember those old favorite tricks such as Walk the Dog and Rock the Baby? Be amazed be more March 8 at 2pm. (Click headline for full article) 

Amazing Rare 1745 Ship Model on Display Print E-mail
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HMS America model detailMARK YOUR CALENDAR

You have a rare chance to see the earliest item int he Porstmouth Athenaeum collection through May 16, 2014. This rare, large 1749 wooden model of the British ship HMA AMERICA was given to the Athenaeum in 1820 (when it was already an antique) and has been on display to proprietors for 200 years -- and now to the public. (Click headline for full article)  


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