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Did Haddocks Settle Maine in 1610? Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

South Berwick Before Plymouth?

Family legends can be fun, but are often impossible to authenticate. Take this fishy tale about the Haddock Family. Some relatives swear that their ancestors arrived here 10 years before the Puritans. And they lived under a big rock in nearby coastal Maine.



The Revolutionary Eyes of George Fishley Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

George Fishley (c) Portsmouth Historical Society

Since "broke" this story, George Fishley has been gaining in fame. He was recently featured in a major national history publication with other Revolutionary War veterans. This is story of one artifact discovered inside one local museum. Imagine how many more stories could be told, if we had your help.



Guilty Treasures Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Historic Portsmouth houses / Wentworth-Gardener


They are all around us. But how many historic houses have you actually been inside? You don't want them torn down. You like to look from a distance, but are you supporting them? are you visiting them? Use it or lose it. Don't feel guilty. Go.



The New Dying Words of John Wilkes Booth Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

John Wilkes Booth
April 1865

Behind the curtain of the Lincoln assassination is a strange New Hampshire love story. Lucy Hale, daughter of an abolitionist senator, was reportedly engaged to the man who killed President Lincoln. Whether it wasa real love or a manipulative game, no one knows. It was real, at least, from Lucy's view. But what it is was real from the other side too?



Rooming with the Love Generation Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

IN 1969

It was the season after the summer of love. The Beatles were breaking up. A man was walking on the moon. The author, in the middle of it all, was starting college.No comingling after 8 pm. No room at all for the Boomers, crammed into an overcrowded campus as the world was coming apart at the seams.



  • 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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