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Tallest Tombstone in New Hampshire is 100 Years Old Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Tucke MonumentHISTORY MATTERS

The late Rev. John Tucke had been moldering just below the surface in the damp thin soil of Star Island for 27 years when Rev. Dudley Tyng stumbled over his grave. A minister from Newburyport, Massachusetts, Tyng had come to the Isles of Shoals in 1800 to observe first-hand the wretched condition of the fishermen and their families living there.  (Click title to read more) 

 
Portsmouth Builds Rare HMS America in 1749 Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

HMS America00HISTORY MATTERS  

"I think it's unique, absolutely unique," says Rob Napier of Newburyport. He is talking about the wooden ship model of HMS America on display in the Reading Room of the Portsmouth Athenaeum. (Click headline for full article) 

 
Unloved President Franklin Pierce Had Seacoast Connections Print Email
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 BowdoinCollege, 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) 

 
Those Dangerous Daily Newspapers Print Email
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.

 
When Old Ironsides Was Ours Print Email
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? 

 

More Articles...

  1. Five Reasons to Skate at Puddle Dock Portsmouth
  2. Heavenly Days at the Hellish Portsmouth Naval Prison
  3. The Lost Interview with Dorothy Vaughan
  4. Tough Times for Tough Portsmouth Mayors
  5. Alemaker Frank Jones was Hero and Heel
  6. Repairing Sir Peter Warren
  7. The Brief Life of the First Oceanic Hotel
  8. Portsmouth 1814 Brick Act was Unpopular Law
  9. How Massachusetts Almost Ate New Hampshire
  10. 1847 Letter
  11. An 1847 Message from Hog Island
  12. Unraveling the 1694 Murder of Ursula Cutt
  13. The Day the Piscataqua River Exploded
  14. Gettysburg Concordance App Brings Battle to Life
  15. The Flags of John Paul Jones
  16. Rower Retraces Smuttynose Murder Route
  17. Reflecting on a Painted Wall
  18. The Fickle Fate of Tobias Lear
  19. Portsmouth and Dover Still Feuding Over 1623 NH Founding Date
  20. How Portsmouth Partied in 1923
  21. NH Governor Driven Out of Three Mansions
  22. New Book Will Fully Explore 1873 Smuttynose Island Ax Murders
  23. Black Heroes and Heroines of Portsmouth
  24. How John Paul Became John Paul Jones
  25. My First 50 Years With Computers
  26. Horrific Boon Island Wreck Has Portsmouth Link
  27. Reviving the Portsmouth Powder Alarm 1774
  28. Finding the First House in New Hampshire
  29. Atlantic Heights WWI Shipbuilder Neighborhood Story Told in Book
  30. Why I Hate Fake Pirates
  31. Predicting the Future of Kittery and Portsmouth
  32. Presidents Who Visited Portsmouth
  33. Experts Say Exhibit Not Reconstruction is Best Use of First NH State House
  34. New Ways to See the Old Portsmouth Seaport
  35. What We are Learning about the Isles of Shoals
  36. Facing Up to Facebook
  37. Edward Warren Clark was Magic Lantern Man
  38. Newspapers and History are Siamese Twins
  39. The Second Death of John Greenleaf Whittier
  40. George Washington Slept Here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  41. Did NH Governor John Langdon Own Slaves?
  42. How We Created the Isles of Shoals Exhibit
  43. Why George Wasson is Worth Remembering
  44. Recycling Old Portsmouth Tree Tales
  45. Recalling Portsmouth in the War of 1812
  46. Rare Photo of NH Revolutionary War Vet Featured in New Books
  47. Federal Fire Society Adds to Its Bucket List
  48. Teaching an Old Library New Tricks
  49. Discovering the History of Discover Portsmouth
  50. Mitt Romney and Poetry, UFOs and Trash
  51. Thomas Morton Abandoned at Isles of Shoals
  52. What Scrooge and the Grinch Learned and Santa Forgot
  53. American Revolution Began in New Hampshire
  54. NH Rejects Aristotle Onassis Oil Refinery in 1974
  55. State of the First NH State House Revealed
  56. Demystifying Witchcraft in Portsmouth and Salem
  57. The Lost Jaffreys Come Home at Last
  58. Who Needs Another Gundalow?
  59. Portsmouth Herald Seeks Its Own Birth Date
  60. Why John Smith Failed to Colonize New England
  61. Secret Portwalk Dig Yields Buried Treasure
  62. Henry Tufts Wrote First American Criminal Autobiography
  63. Reformer Frederick Douglass Spoke in New Hampshire
  64. The Making of Portsmouth's Greatest Maritime Art Exhibit
  65. Three Beebe Girls Buried at Isles of Shoals
  66. The Last Battle of Fitz-John Porter
  67. Inside the USS Kearsage Monument
  68. Andrew Peabody Preached Against War in 1847
  69. New England Takes Fort Louisbourg in 1745
  70. How the Tall Ships Really Came to NH
  71. William Morris Hunt Dies Mysteriously at Isles of Shoals
  72. NH Jewish Community Deeply Rooted in Portsmouth
  73. First Religious Newspaper Born in NH
  74. Robert Frost According to Joe Frost
  75. Primus Fowle Ran First NH Press
  76. Snow-Bound Poem Made Whittier Wealthy
  77. Prescott Park Created by Millionaire Sisters
  78. Seacoast Teen Abducted to Brothel
  79. Writing about History in 2011
  80. The Lost Christmas Classic of Celia Thaxter
  81. What Does Piscataqua Mean?
  82. Myles Standish Speaks Out on NH's First Settler
  83. Poet Foss Spoke for the Common Man
  84. Mark Twain Loved Aldrich but Hated Portsmouth
  85. Creepy Characters from History
  86. The Unsung Columbus of New Hampshire
  87. Portsmouth Goes Whaling
  88. The Lost WPA Murals of Gladys Brannigan
  89. Waging Peace in 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth
  90. Subversive Nathan Parker Founded Unitarian Church in NH
  91. What the Cushing Family Left Us
  92. Fannie Sprague Murder Still Unsolved
  93. A Dangerous Love Affair with Fireworks
  94. Pirate Gold Recovered at Isles of Shoals
  95. Spreading the Gospel of Historic Portsmouth
  96. The First Perilous Voyage of Privateer Lynx
  97. When Playwrights Play With History
  98. How Harvard Helped Portsmouth and Vice Versa
  99. Fishing Adventures at the Isles of Shoals
  100. Vampire Lincoln Vs the Texas School Board

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  • History Matters

    J. Dennis Robinson writer logo by Reggin LoganHISTORY MATTERS

    Seacoast History by author / editor J. Dennis Robinson, presented biweekly in collaboration with The Portsmouth Herald. (check the Monday Herald every other week for printed version). In "History Matters" Robinson explores regional history and its connection to modern issues in a dramatic and highly readable style. The author has been writing about the "America\'s Smallest Seacaost" (sm) for over two decades.For up to 100 original aritlces by JDR also click here to visit AS I PLEASE. For the latest news see the Portsmouth Herald online web site just click here.    

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    155
  • As I Please

     

    HISTORY MATTERS

    The editor ponders history, mostly, in this popular Seacoast column. This index contains over 100 original columns by J. Dennis Robinson. The author has been writing about the "America's Smallest Seacaost" (sm) for over two decades.

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  • Historical Societies


    You will find a small historical society building in almost every town in the Seacoast region. Each is unique, run by its own cluster of local history fans and filled with curios. Most are in great need of funds and volunteer help. If you have more updated links, please send them along, and please -- help preserver your town history before it is too late.

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  • Jesse James Films

    Jesse James by J. Dennis RobinsonTHE DINGUS PROJECT
    Jesse James in the Movies

    At least 50 American films and documentaries include the character of outlaw Jesse James. The Dingus Project is one man\'s attempt to view ALL of those films. Writer J. Dennis Robinson began this project after writing a biography of Jesse James for children -- Jesse James, Legendary Outlaw, published in hardcover and paperback by Compass Point Books.The goal, besides watching a lot of movies, is to provide a quick databse that shows how few of these films are based on fact, and how widespread the "imaginary" view of Jesse James has grown. Thanks to Hollywood, the historic Jesse James has all but disappeared. So far we\'ve obtained copies of over 30 films and documentaries related to Mr/ James and we\'re posting them like crazy in anticipation of the Brad Pitt film to be released in 2007. Sure, it\'s crazy, but so was Jesse.

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    25

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