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Unfurling the Flags of Paul Jones Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

John Paul Jones Flag /

Flags, bits of colored cloth, carry awesome emotional power. Americans take comfort in patriotic flag displays. Images of Old Glory are among the most memorable American icons -- with George Washington at Valley Forge, frozen in the vacuum of the Moon or fluttering from a piece of Japanese drainpipe above the hills of Iwo Jima.


Hampton Viking Grave is Hoax Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Viking Hoax in Hampton

For decades Hamptonians were convinced that the brother of the most famous Viking explorer in history had died on their shores. They had his tombstone, after all. How did they know? Well the stone was covered with ancient writing. But experts now say that Thorvald’s Rock is clearly – well – just a rock.


A Big Bridge and a Little Girl Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Eileen Foley Aged 5 and 80 / and

Ghostly movie images from 1923 show a 5-year old future mayor at her first ribbon-cutting. Not only did Eileen Dondero Foley dedicate the Memorial Bridge as a child, but she rededicated it 75 years later with her grand-daughter. The second girl’s name? You guessed it – Eileen Foley.



Abbie Hoffman Smoked My Dorm Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

May 5, 1970
CAMPUS CHAOS May 5, 1970

When you stand too close to history sometimes all you see is smoke. That's how it was for many University of New Hampshire students the day after the Kent State shottings when American colleges were set to explode. In the middle of the chaos, three members of the Chicago Seven arrived late to lay out their radical plan for student revolution.


The Newspaper Riot of 1865 Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   


All hell broke loose in Portsmouth, NH on April 10, 1865. A mob of upstanding citizens fresh from 50 local bars were celebrating the end of the Civil War. Someone suggested that it was time to teach old Joshua Foster a lesson. Foster was a "Peace Democrat" and editor of the local STATES AND UNION newspaper. Here, in detail, is what happened that day.




  • 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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