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Measuring the History Payback Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   


The past packs economic impact, but not for its front line troups. Portsmouth's growing history tour industry is held together with chewing gum and string while the city benefits on the rising "green" cultural toruism industry.




Misty Legends of Sam Haley Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Haley House

History Exclusive: 
King of the Isles of Shoals

He built an island kingdom, but only one house remains. Did he really find pirate treasure? Did he bury frozen shipwrecked sailors? Did his father spend the American Revolution isolated on Smuttynose Island?


The Brief Passage of Maydeth Scott Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   


Even a short life makes history

History ignores the young. But history also lives in the human heart, not just in textbooks. A vintage baby book discovered in an antique shop reveals the short life of a lost child.



Guess Who Came to Dinner Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

James Barker Smith

Black History of the Seacoast

Three years before Sidney Poitier confronted Spencer Tracey at the dinner table, two Seacoast men faced off. James Smith denied Emerson Reed his civil right to dine in a public restaurant. Reed fought back – and won.



What Martin Pring Was Really After Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   


The search for this tree led to the
discovery of Seacoast, NH?

Was Marting Pring the first white man to set foot in the Piscataqua region in 1603. If so, why had he traveled the Atlantic for to dig up trees? The true story of the European discovery of New Hampshire is one rarely whispered by the history books.





  • 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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