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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) 

 
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.

 
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? 

 
Five Reasons to Skate at Puddle Dock Portsmouth Print E-mail
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Skaters00HISTORY MATTERS

I have a brilliant new idea. Let's build a skating rink in the middle of  Strawbery Banke Museum. What say? Someone already thought of it? And you say a few people don't approve? Hmmm. I'm not much for politics, but I can tell you why this idea makes sense, a lot of sense, from an historian's point of view. (Click headline for full article) 

 
Heavenly Days at the Hellish Portsmouth Naval Prison Print E-mail
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Thomas Mott Osborne demonstrating head restraintHISTORY MATTERS

Secrets breed rumors and no seacoast spot is more enigmatic than the towering cement prison at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Shuttered now for 40 years, it is off-limits to all visitors on a secured island inside a guarded federal facility. There it crumbles and rusts, unlikely ever to be used again.  (Click title for entire article.) 

 
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