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Which Bartlett is Bartlett Street? Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Josiah Bartlett? on


Remembering a reader email that sent us into a tailspin. Sometimes the simplest request can lead to bottomless research. Something as simple as a street name may not be simple at all.



Saga of the Jenny Lind Figurehead Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

POssible Jenny Lind Figurehead on Karl-Eric Svardskog

Was this carved statue once the figurehead of a Portsmouth Harbor clipper ship? That’s what Karl-Eric Svardskog believes after nearly two decades of study. But after taking Jenny Lind back to the USA from Norway, this infatuated collector now has to part from his beloved statue forever.



Snowbound With Mr Whittier Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   


A snowstorm can be threatening or a snowstorm can be peaceful. For John Greenleaf Whittier it was also profitable. His pastoral poem about a family farm hidden under a blanket of snow became his first bestseller. This childhood memory earned enough to pay off his Amesbury, Mass home – today a museum.



The Day They Took the Old NH Statehouse Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

NH Statehouse on Wheels/ Collage by J. Dennis Robinson (c) from NHHRD report illustration

Again they tried to move the battered 1760-era statehouse. This time it was an accident, a trucker thought it was a trailer full of junk. Others say it is a trailer full of treasure -- the last timbers of New Hampshire's provincial court house. We go back to the day it was first trucked away in 1836.



NH Coast Considered for National Park Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Portsmouth NH a National park?

The plan was to revive the crumbling Portsmouth, NH waterfront into a vibrant Maritime Village. The year was 1935. A famous architect and naval historian made a valiant attempt with a clever project – too clever, unfortunately, for Uncle Sam


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  1. George Orwell Makes CIA Movie
  2. Seeking Blackbeard’s Pirate Treasure
  3. A Yankee in the Desert, Part Two
  4. A Yankee in the Desert
  5. The Devil With Jonathan Moulton
  6. Atlantic Heights was Architecture for the Poor
  7. Webster Farm Calling All Angels
  8. With Apologies to Kittery
  9. How NH Was Settled by Mistake
  10. The Truth About Ocean Born Mary
  11. The Day Lincoln Died for Me
  12. 4000 Yankees Attack Canada
  13. Portsmouth Genealogy and History Research Archives
  14. Daniel Webster Lost in Portsmouth
  15. Who Really Started Strawbery Banke?
  16. The Secret Room of Uncle Em
  17. David Thomson Vs the Pilgrims
  18. Whittier Died in New Hampshire
  19. First Portsmouth Guidebooks
  20. Best Clam Chowder in the World
  21. How the Governor Lost Three Mansions
  22. The Prescott Sisters Kick Butt
  23. The Deadly Summer of 1912
  24. The Incident at Exeter High
  25. The Day Max Fell
  26. Unfurling the Flags of Paul Jones
  27. Hampton Viking Grave is Hoax
  28. A Big Bridge and a Little Girl
  29. Abbie Hoffman Smoked My Dorm
  30. The Newspaper Riot of 1865
  31. Did Haddocks Settle Maine in 1610?
  32. The Revolutionary Eyes of George Fishley
  33. Guilty Treasures
  34. The New Dying Words of John Wilkes Booth
  35. Rooming with the Love Generation
  36. Reflections on a Painted Wall
  37. Blood on the Snow in Portsmouth
  38. Portsmouth Needs a Visitor Center
  39. De Rochemont Discovers Docudrama
  40. In Search of Primus Fowle
  41. Presidents on Bottle Tops
  42. The Depositor's Tale
  43. Online at Last
  44. Frederick Douglass Comes to Town
  45. The Tarnished Tale of Robert Rogers
  46. Inside the Comic Carpet-Bag
  47. The Shot Not Heard Round the World
  48. How Santa Stole Christmas
  49. The Three Fires of Christmas
  50. The Imaginary Saint
  51. Tobias We Hardly Knew Ye
  52. The Grounding of Betty Hill
  53. The Coffins Under the Street
  54. Going Crazy in Portsmouth
  55. Tracking Passaconaway
  56. Measuring the History Payback
  57. Misty Legends of Sam Haley
  58. The Brief Passage of Maydeth Scott
  59. Guess Who Came to Dinner
  60. What Martin Pring Was Really After
  61. Tapping Old Spirits at Frank Jones Brewery
  62. The Comeback Kidder
  63. The Day History Died
  64. As I Please Index
  65. The Great Myths of Canada
  66. Save the Seal, Keep the Ship
  67. Seacoast Historical Societies


  • 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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