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


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

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)

Saving the Old State Street Store Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

102-State Street in 1930s by John Meade HowellsHISTORY MATTERS

History lover Karen Bouffard steps up to preserve one of the last wooden buildings in downtown Portsmouth. Built as an exception to the Brick Act of 1814, this 1 1/2 story wooden cape almost met the wrecking ball. Now it's history, and that of the silversmiths Samuel and TP Drown are back in the news.  


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


  • 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



    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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