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A Quick History of Gulls on the Shoals Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Attacking gull on Smuttynose by Rodman PhilbrickHISTORY MATTERS

It is not quite 5 a.m. The gull colony on the uninhabited tip of Smuttynose Island have begun to murmur as the surf beats rhythmically against the jagged white-streaked rocks. The place  stinks of guano. It is littered with dried bones and empty crab shells. There are no other humans here. Just me and a few hundred sleepy dinosaurs.

 
The Making of an Unprecedented Edmund Tarbell Art Exhibit Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Edmund C. TarbellHISTORY MATTERS

While the rest of us hibernate by the fire, binge-watching Netflix, a small team of art lovers are frantically counting down to March 4. That’s when the doors fling open on the biggest collection of paintings by New Castle artist Edmund C. Tarbell.  (Click on title to read more)

 
NH-born Publisher Enticed Charles Dickens Back to America in 1867 Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Charles DickenHISTORY MATTERS

Charles Dickens was not impressed with the United States during his first tour. But much had changed in America, and in Dickens, by his second arrival soon after the Civil War in 1867. Portsmouth, NH-born publisher James T. Fields, Dickens exclusive American publisher, convinced the world's most famous writer to give us another chance. (Click title to read more)  

 
Three Lives of the Portsmouth Marine Society Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Portsmouth Marine Society 1808HISTORY MATTERS

 

December should be spelled with a dollar sign. We will spend a bundle on consumer goods this month, but we will also be very generous to people in need. That blend of commerce and charity defines the holiday season. That also describes the Portsmouth Marine Society, founded in 1808. Three groups have borne that name. Their stories are rarely told. (Click title to read more)

 
Ben Franklin Installed New Hampshire Lightning Rod in 1763 Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

1763 Warner House lightning Rod still in use todayHISTORY MATTERS

 

Did Benjamin Franklin conduct lightning rod installation at the ancient Warner House in Portsmouth, NH while serving as Deputy Postmaster to King George III in 1763? Signs point to YES. But will Portsmouth restore damaged painting that honors the event? The jury is still out. (click title to read more) 

 

 

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  1. Kittery Little Red Schoolhouse on Life Support
  2. The Man Who Dug Up John Paul Jones
  3. Miss Nancy Underhill Swept Off Star Island in 1848
  4. US WWII Ambassador John Winant Gets His Memorial at Last
  5. The Unexpected Portsmouth Art Gallery
  6. Inside the Wondrous Woodman Museum
  7. My Favorite Portsmouth History Books for Kids
  8. The Truth about Bricks and Mortar
  9. Understanding the Portsmouth African Burying Ground
  10. Saving the Old State Street Store
  11. George Orwell Taught Me to Write History
  12. New Monument for the Man Who Named New England
  13. Painting the First Picture of Portsmouth
  14. Tallest Tombstone in New Hampshire is 100 Years Old
  15. Portsmouth Builds Rare HMS America in 1749
  16. Unloved President Franklin Pierce Had Seacoast Connections
  17. Those Dangerous Daily Newspapers
  18. When Old Ironsides Was Ours
  19. Five Reasons to Skate at Puddle Dock Portsmouth
  20. Heavenly Days at the Hellish Portsmouth Naval Prison
  21. The Lost Interview with Dorothy Vaughan
  22. Tough Times for Tough Portsmouth Mayors
  23. Alemaker Frank Jones was Hero and Heel
  24. Repairing Sir Peter Warren
  25. The Brief Life of the First Oceanic Hotel
  26. Portsmouth 1814 Brick Act was Unpopular Law
  27. How Massachusetts Almost Ate New Hampshire
  28. 1847 Letter
  29. An 1847 Message from Hog Island
  30. Unraveling the 1694 Murder of Ursula Cutt
  31. The Day the Piscataqua River Exploded
  32. Gettysburg Concordance App Brings Battle to Life
  33. The Flags of John Paul Jones
  34. Rower Retraces Smuttynose Murder Route
  35. Reflecting on a Painted Wall
  36. The Fickle Fate of Tobias Lear
  37. Portsmouth and Dover Still Feuding Over 1623 NH Founding Date
  38. How Portsmouth Partied in 1923
  39. NH Governor Driven Out of Three Mansions
  40. New Book Will Fully Explore 1873 Smuttynose Island Ax Murders
  41. Black Heroes and Heroines of Portsmouth
  42. How John Paul Became John Paul Jones
  43. My First 50 Years With Computers
  44. Horrific Boon Island Wreck Has Portsmouth Link
  45. Reviving the Portsmouth Powder Alarm 1774
  46. Finding the First House in New Hampshire
  47. Atlantic Heights WWI Shipbuilder Neighborhood Story Told in Book
  48. Why I Hate Fake Pirates
  49. Predicting the Future of Kittery and Portsmouth
  50. Presidents Who Visited Portsmouth
  51. Experts Say Exhibit Not Reconstruction is Best Use of First NH State House
  52. New Ways to See the Old Portsmouth Seaport
  53. What We are Learning about the Isles of Shoals
  54. Facing Up to Facebook
  55. Edward Warren Clark was Magic Lantern Man
  56. Newspapers and History are Siamese Twins
  57. The Second Death of John Greenleaf Whittier
  58. George Washington Slept Here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  59. Did NH Governor John Langdon Own Slaves?
  60. How We Created the Isles of Shoals Exhibit
  61. Why George Wasson is Worth Remembering
  62. Recycling Old Portsmouth Tree Tales
  63. Recalling Portsmouth in the War of 1812
  64. Rare Photo of NH Revolutionary War Vet Featured in New Books
  65. Federal Fire Society Adds to Its Bucket List
  66. Teaching an Old Library New Tricks
  67. Discovering the History of Discover Portsmouth
  68. Mitt Romney and Poetry, UFOs and Trash
  69. Thomas Morton Abandoned at Isles of Shoals
  70. What Scrooge and the Grinch Learned and Santa Forgot
  71. American Revolution Began in New Hampshire
  72. NH Rejects Aristotle Onassis Oil Refinery in 1974
  73. State of the First NH State House Revealed
  74. Demystifying Witchcraft in Portsmouth and Salem
  75. The Lost Jaffreys Come Home at Last
  76. Who Needs Another Gundalow?
  77. Portsmouth Herald Seeks Its Own Birth Date
  78. Why John Smith Failed to Colonize New England
  79. Secret Portwalk Dig Yields Buried Treasure
  80. Henry Tufts Wrote First American Criminal Autobiography
  81. Reformer Frederick Douglass Spoke in New Hampshire
  82. The Making of Portsmouth's Greatest Maritime Art Exhibit
  83. Three Beebe Girls Buried at Isles of Shoals
  84. The Last Battle of Fitz-John Porter
  85. Inside the USS Kearsage Monument
  86. How the Tall Ships Really Came to NH
  87. Andrew Peabody Preached Against War in 1847
  88. New England Takes Fort Louisbourg in 1745
  89. William Morris Hunt Dies Mysteriously at Isles of Shoals
  90. NH Jewish Community Deeply Rooted in Portsmouth
  91. First Religious Newspaper Born in NH
  92. Robert Frost According to Joe Frost
  93. Primus Fowle Ran First NH Press
  94. Snow-Bound Poem Made Whittier Wealthy
  95. Prescott Park Created by Millionaire Sisters
  96. Seacoast Teen Abducted to Brothel
  97. Writing about History in 2011
  98. The Lost Christmas Classic of Celia Thaxter
  99. What Does Piscataqua Mean?
  100. Myles Standish Speaks Out on NH's First Settler

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  • 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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    178
  • As I Please

     

    HISTORY MATTERS

    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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    25

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