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Reflections on a Painted Wall Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Market Square Mural by Ralph Morang

In 1982, although few people noticed, a tiny rift appeared in the time-space continuum. It happened in Market Square in Portsmouth, NH. The author was there and so was photographer Ralph Morang who captured the quickly fading phenomenon. If you were not there, here is how the anomaly went down. The past, you see, is studying us, not the other way around.


Blood on the Snow in Portsmouth Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Snowball Fight

Every city has its turf wars. Young boys especially like to stake out their territory. Two winter battles, based in Portsmouth, have been immortalized in 19th century novels. One focuses on the bloody snowball fight on Slatter’s Hill. The second is about a death defying sled race down Mason’s Hill. Both speak volumes about being a boy.



Portsmouth Needs a Visitor Center Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Portsmouth Ponders


Portsmouth stands on the brink of becoming one of the best "heritage centers" in America -- or so say we. The city can boast more historic houses open to the public than any New England town its size. But something is missing. We think we know what it is. What do you think?



De Rochemont Discovers Docudrama Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

1847 Docu-drama

Did you know that maverick film producer Louis de Rochemont won two Academy Awards? After his lengthy success with March of Time, the Seacoast NH filmmaker merged documentaries with factual dramas. We call him the "Father of the Docu-drama". De Rochemont's films were "ripped from the headlines" long before the made-for-TV movie made this genre a hot property.


In Search of Primus Fowle Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

NH Gazette (c)

New Hampshire's first black printer worked his life away at "the nation's oldest newspaper". Although he likely printed the stirring words of the Americn Revolution, Primus Fowle was born and died a slave. What little we know of him shows a fascinating and strong character, well known in his seaport home.





  • 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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