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How the Governor Lost Three Mansions Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Gov House, Halifax/ Canadaian National Archives


He had the common touch, at least as a young man. But from Portsmouth to Wolfeboro to Halifax, New Hampshire’s last royal governor had ritzy tastes in real estate. Here, for the first time that we know of, is a look at all three governor’s mansions and the racy Portsmouth couple that lived there.



The Prescott Sisters Kick Butt Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

The Prescott Sisters / Portsmouth Athenaeum


This is the story of two elderly ex-teachers who knocked down four city blocks. They turned a former "combat zone" and immigrant neighborhood into a family garden park. But first they had to win a legal battle that made them millionaires. All this happened  while the rest of America struggled through the Great Depression.



The Deadly Summer of 1912 Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Murder in 1912

The South End of New Hampshire’s only seaport was in "a state of siege". In just 10 days in August of 1912 four marines were found dead in the region. Residents were angry. President Taft was on his way. When the smoke cleared, the police marshal was out and the city’s flesh trade was shut down. Reform was in the air, and Portsmouth’s water front would never be the same.


The Incident at Exeter High Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Beyond the Incident at Exeter/ Art by


Forty year ago, Norman Muscarello saw something weird above a field near Exeter, NH. Fifteen years later he talked about that day to a group of high school journalists. Norman is gone now, but his 15 minutes of fame will never die. Read the exclusive story here and no where else.



The Day Max Fell Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Untitled portrait by Max Maynard / Winchester Galleries, Victoria, BC


Brilliant and hard-drinking UNH literature professor Max Maynard never achieved the fame he craved. His daughter Joyce, however, landed on the cover of the New York Times Magazine at age 18. In 1973, as one family career shot skyward, the other fell like a stone.




  • 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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