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The Unexpected Portsmouth Art Gallery Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

library ceramic dragonHISTORY MATTERS

 

Hidden in plain sight, a fascinating collection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and photographs are on display at the Portsmouth Public Library. (click title ro read more)

 
Inside the Wondrous Woodman Museum Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

woodman1HISTORY MATTERS

The closest you will ever get to a ten-foot tall polar bear is on Central Avenue in Dover, New Hampshire. He’s waiting inside the front door of Annie Woodman’s house. Annie Woodman died almost 100 years ago, but it wasn’t the polar bear’s fault. He’s dead too, stuffed and standing upright in a huge glass case. (Click title to read more) 

 

 
My Favorite Portsmouth History Books for Kids Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

boy reading book
HISTORY MATTERS

A New Hampshire historian shares his fears and favorite local history books for children. Includes a list at the end of two dozen vintage-to-modern books for parents and kids. (Click title to read more)

 
The Truth about Bricks and Mortar Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

wastrom2 openEditor's Note: This is the second of a two-part interview with masonry consultant John Wastrom.

"There are not many of us," John Wastrom sighs.  "We're rarer than hen's teeth. And when we're gone, there aren't any more of us coming." 

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Understanding the Portsmouth African Burying Ground Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

African Burying Ground01HISTORY MATTERS

Like many of you, I was there when Portsmouth city workers uncovered the ancient coffins in the fall of 2003. We stood at the corner of Chestnut and Court streets, peering down past a thin crust of asphalt into the earthen world below. (Click title to read more)

 

More Articles...

  1. Saving the Old State Street Store
  2. George Orwell Taught Me to Write History
  3. New Monument for the Man Who Named New England
  4. Painting the First Picture of Portsmouth
  5. Tallest Tombstone in New Hampshire is 100 Years Old
  6. Portsmouth Builds Rare HMS America in 1749
  7. Unloved President Franklin Pierce Had Seacoast Connections
  8. Those Dangerous Daily Newspapers
  9. When Old Ironsides Was Ours
  10. Five Reasons to Skate at Puddle Dock Portsmouth
  11. Heavenly Days at the Hellish Portsmouth Naval Prison
  12. The Lost Interview with Dorothy Vaughan
  13. Tough Times for Tough Portsmouth Mayors
  14. Alemaker Frank Jones was Hero and Heel
  15. Repairing Sir Peter Warren
  16. The Brief Life of the First Oceanic Hotel
  17. Portsmouth 1814 Brick Act was Unpopular Law
  18. How Massachusetts Almost Ate New Hampshire
  19. 1847 Letter
  20. An 1847 Message from Hog Island
  21. Unraveling the 1694 Murder of Ursula Cutt
  22. The Day the Piscataqua River Exploded
  23. Gettysburg Concordance App Brings Battle to Life
  24. The Flags of John Paul Jones
  25. Rower Retraces Smuttynose Murder Route
  26. Reflecting on a Painted Wall
  27. The Fickle Fate of Tobias Lear
  28. Portsmouth and Dover Still Feuding Over 1623 NH Founding Date
  29. How Portsmouth Partied in 1923
  30. NH Governor Driven Out of Three Mansions
  31. New Book Will Fully Explore 1873 Smuttynose Island Ax Murders
  32. Black Heroes and Heroines of Portsmouth
  33. How John Paul Became John Paul Jones
  34. My First 50 Years With Computers
  35. Horrific Boon Island Wreck Has Portsmouth Link
  36. Reviving the Portsmouth Powder Alarm 1774
  37. Finding the First House in New Hampshire
  38. Atlantic Heights WWI Shipbuilder Neighborhood Story Told in Book
  39. Why I Hate Fake Pirates
  40. Predicting the Future of Kittery and Portsmouth
  41. Presidents Who Visited Portsmouth
  42. Experts Say Exhibit Not Reconstruction is Best Use of First NH State House
  43. New Ways to See the Old Portsmouth Seaport
  44. What We are Learning about the Isles of Shoals
  45. Facing Up to Facebook
  46. Edward Warren Clark was Magic Lantern Man
  47. Newspapers and History are Siamese Twins
  48. The Second Death of John Greenleaf Whittier
  49. George Washington Slept Here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  50. Did NH Governor John Langdon Own Slaves?
  51. How We Created the Isles of Shoals Exhibit
  52. Why George Wasson is Worth Remembering
  53. Recycling Old Portsmouth Tree Tales
  54. Recalling Portsmouth in the War of 1812
  55. Rare Photo of NH Revolutionary War Vet Featured in New Books
  56. Federal Fire Society Adds to Its Bucket List
  57. Teaching an Old Library New Tricks
  58. Discovering the History of Discover Portsmouth
  59. Mitt Romney and Poetry, UFOs and Trash
  60. Thomas Morton Abandoned at Isles of Shoals
  61. What Scrooge and the Grinch Learned and Santa Forgot
  62. American Revolution Began in New Hampshire
  63. NH Rejects Aristotle Onassis Oil Refinery in 1974
  64. State of the First NH State House Revealed
  65. Demystifying Witchcraft in Portsmouth and Salem
  66. The Lost Jaffreys Come Home at Last
  67. Who Needs Another Gundalow?
  68. Portsmouth Herald Seeks Its Own Birth Date
  69. Why John Smith Failed to Colonize New England
  70. Secret Portwalk Dig Yields Buried Treasure
  71. Henry Tufts Wrote First American Criminal Autobiography
  72. Reformer Frederick Douglass Spoke in New Hampshire
  73. The Making of Portsmouth's Greatest Maritime Art Exhibit
  74. Three Beebe Girls Buried at Isles of Shoals
  75. The Last Battle of Fitz-John Porter
  76. Inside the USS Kearsage Monument
  77. How the Tall Ships Really Came to NH
  78. Andrew Peabody Preached Against War in 1847
  79. New England Takes Fort Louisbourg in 1745
  80. William Morris Hunt Dies Mysteriously at Isles of Shoals
  81. NH Jewish Community Deeply Rooted in Portsmouth
  82. First Religious Newspaper Born in NH
  83. Robert Frost According to Joe Frost
  84. Primus Fowle Ran First NH Press
  85. Snow-Bound Poem Made Whittier Wealthy
  86. Prescott Park Created by Millionaire Sisters
  87. Seacoast Teen Abducted to Brothel
  88. Writing about History in 2011
  89. The Lost Christmas Classic of Celia Thaxter
  90. What Does Piscataqua Mean?
  91. Myles Standish Speaks Out on NH's First Settler
  92. Poet Foss Spoke for the Common Man
  93. Mark Twain Loved Aldrich but Hated Portsmouth
  94. Creepy Characters from History
  95. The Unsung Columbus of New Hampshire
  96. Portsmouth Goes Whaling
  97. The Lost WPA Murals of Gladys Brannigan
  98. Waging Peace in 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth
  99. Subversive Nathan Parker Founded Unitarian Church in NH
  100. What the Cushing Family Left Us

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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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  • 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.

    Article Count:
    88
  • 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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    2
  • 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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