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The Secret Room of Uncle Em Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   



The passageway from childhood to adult world may lie just behind a thin smoky curtain. On one side is the bustle of a family holiday in a little Massachusetts town. On the other side the author finds spies, detectives, crime and alien monsters.



David Thomson Vs the Pilgrims Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Pilgrims versus David Thomson/

To the winner goes the spin. If New Hampshire had been settled three years earlier, would we see America in a different light today? The Granite State was founded by a Scottish gentleman seeking, not religious freedom, but wealth and security. But David Thomson disappeared and the pilgrims – well you know that story. Instead of his own national holiday, Thomson got nothing but a stone marker and a footnote.


Whittier Died in New Hampshire Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Joh Greenleaf whittier / SeacoastNH.com13 AT DINNER IS BAD LUCK

American author Nathaniel Hawthorne came to New Hampshire for his health. He died here. The same thing happened to poet John Greenleaf whittier. Coincidence? Of course. But how else can we entice you to read the story of the death and burial of a minor romantic poet? Here is the story of the popular poets final days and journey home.


First Portsmouth Guidebooks Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

1876 Portsmouth Guide Book

Portsmouth, NH has had many historic walking guides over the years. The first and perhaps best in 1876 was the inspiration of Sarah Haven Foster, a local artist and writer. Her independent work inspired artist Helen Pearson to create her own fragile guidebook in 1913. Both have largely faded from memory, but deserve a new look.


Best Clam Chowder in the World Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Great Gramap John Scott / Photo courtesy of Scott Garland


That thick white stuff with the flecks of pink and tiny potato cubes may be chowder to you. We call it a seafood frappe. Around the Robinson house, clam chowder is grayish, filled with whole clams, fresh potato and made with milk. It contains nothing else. That’s the way our Grampa Scott made it, and that’s the way we make it still.




  • 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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