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The Day Lincoln Died for Me Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Abraham Lincoln/ Lib of Congress

Abraham Lincoln has a number of ties to Seacoast, NH. But Lincoln has ties to everywhere. Sometimes you just have to go to where history happened. No historic site in America, none is more powerful than the bedroom in the Peterson House in Washington DC. In April 1865 Lincoln was carried here from Ford’s Theater across the street. Today, it looks exactly the same.



4000 Yankees Attack Canada Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

French guard at Fort Louisbourg /


We won. But can you name the first major military victory in American history? It made England rejoice, France despair and set the wheels in motion for an American Revolution three decades later. And it all started here.



Portsmouth Genealogy and History Research Archives Print Email
Written by Portsmouth Guide   

Portsmouth, NH Genealogy

We get a lot of mail from readers looking for genealogical information about this region. We just cannot supply detailed research on their ancestors, but we can lead them to professional who do. Send us email if you want to hire a historian, or check out the following resources. The Web, of course, is the ideal place to learn about your past. Here are the key archives we use locally.


Daniel Webster Lost in Portsmouth Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Daniel Webster

New Hampshire's best known orator cut his teeth as a lawyer here in Portsmouth, NH. He lived in four houses, got married, kep an office and began his family. But times were tough and fame called him to Massachusetts. Here is the story of how Daniel Webster lived a decade in the state's only seaport, but has been all but forgotten inthe town he once loved.


Who Really Started Strawbery Banke? Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Strawbery Banke Museum view

Like Paul Revere, historian Dorothy Vaughan woke Portsmouth citizens to an invasion. Progress, she said, was destroying the colonial character. The city responded and preserved over 30 buildings in Strawbery Banke Museum. It all started in June 1957 – or did it? The simple truth is – there is no simple truth.



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  2. David Thomson Vs the Pilgrims
  3. Whittier Died in New Hampshire
  4. First Portsmouth Guidebooks
  5. Best Clam Chowder in the World
  6. How the Governor Lost Three Mansions
  7. The Prescott Sisters Kick Butt
  8. The Deadly Summer of 1912
  9. The Incident at Exeter High
  10. The Day Max Fell
  11. Unfurling the Flags of Paul Jones
  12. Hampton Viking Grave is Hoax
  13. A Big Bridge and a Little Girl
  14. Abbie Hoffman Smoked My Dorm
  15. The Newspaper Riot of 1865
  16. Did Haddocks Settle Maine in 1610?
  17. The Revolutionary Eyes of George Fishley
  18. Guilty Treasures
  19. The New Dying Words of John Wilkes Booth
  20. Rooming with the Love Generation
  21. Reflections on a Painted Wall
  22. Blood on the Snow in Portsmouth
  23. Portsmouth Needs a Visitor Center
  24. De Rochemont Discovers Docudrama
  25. In Search of Primus Fowle
  26. Presidents on Bottle Tops
  27. The Depositor's Tale
  28. Online at Last
  29. Frederick Douglass Comes to Town
  30. The Tarnished Tale of Robert Rogers
  31. Inside the Comic Carpet-Bag
  32. The Shot Not Heard Round the World
  33. How Santa Stole Christmas
  34. The Three Fires of Christmas
  35. The Imaginary Saint
  36. Tobias We Hardly Knew Ye
  37. The Grounding of Betty Hill
  38. The Coffins Under the Street
  39. Going Crazy in Portsmouth
  40. Tracking Passaconaway
  41. Measuring the History Payback
  42. Misty Legends of Sam Haley
  43. The Brief Passage of Maydeth Scott
  44. Guess Who Came to Dinner
  45. What Martin Pring Was Really After
  46. Tapping Old Spirits at Frank Jones Brewery
  47. The Comeback Kidder
  48. The Day History Died
  49. As I Please Index
  50. The Great Myths of Canada
  51. Save the Seal, Keep the Ship
  52. 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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