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Experts Say Exhibit Not Reconstruction is Best Use of First NH State House Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

NH State House imagined drawing HISTORY MATTERS

The 1758 colonial State House that once stood in the middle of Portsmouth’s Market Square should not be reconstructed from its surviving bits and pieces now stored in a trailer in Concord. At least, that is not the “best use” of the artifacts according to a seven-year $250,000 study by the NH Division of Historic Resources.  (Continued below)

New Ways to See the Old Portsmouth Seaport Print Email
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Astronaut_jetpackHISTORY MATTERS

Portsmouth has earned bragging rights for preserving a large number of historic sites.  If you know another little city of 20,000 souls with more nonprofit house museums, let me know and I’ll move there. Now the Old Port is angling for a record number of ways to visit its heritage spots.  (Continued below)

What We are Learning about the Isles of Shoals Print Email
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Projectile_point_2012HISTORY MATTERS

Consider yourself warned. My exhibit “Under the Isles of Shoals” closes forever on August 31 at Discover Portsmouth. The good news is that Cornell University has asked to move the displays and artifacts to its museum for a run in Ithaca, New York. I truly hope you will bring the family – kids especially – before we dismantle this important exhibit and ship it out of town. Why important? Let me count the ways. (Continued below)

Facing Up to Facebook Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

J. Dennis and Phyllis Robinson in the early 1950s

Kicking and screaming. I just joined Facebook. Last week I was one of us. Today I am one of them. I got “friended” 200 times in the first five days. It was exhausting. I have been assimilated, and my life will never be the same. (Continued below)

Edward Warren Clark was Magic Lantern Man Print Email
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Although he was born in Portsmouth in 1849, Edward Warren Clark was a thoroughly modern man. He was an entrepreneur, a photographer, and a globetrotter with a taste for high-tech equipment and media attention. “Professor Clark,” as he liked to be called, held a lifelong passion for the people and culture of Japan. He became well known for his illustrated lectures on Asian culture using a “magic lantern,” the Victorian equivalent of a slide or video projector.(Full feature below)



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  1. Newspapers and History are Siamese Twins
  2. The Second Death of John Greenleaf Whittier
  3. George Washington Slept Here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  4. Did NH Governor John Langdon Own Slaves?
  5. How We Created the Isles of Shoals Exhibit
  6. Why George Wasson is Worth Remembering
  7. Recycling Old Portsmouth Tree Tales
  8. Recalling Portsmouth in the War of 1812
  9. Rare Photo of NH Revolutionary War Vet Featured in New Books
  10. Federal Fire Society Adds to Its Bucket List
  11. Teaching an Old Library New Tricks
  12. Discovering the History of Discover Portsmouth
  13. Mitt Romney and Poetry, UFOs and Trash
  14. Thomas Morton Abandoned at Isles of Shoals
  15. What Scrooge and the Grinch Learned and Santa Forgot
  16. American Revolution Began in New Hampshire
  17. NH Rejects Aristotle Onassis Oil Refinery in 1974
  18. State of the First NH State House Revealed
  19. Demystifying Witchcraft in Portsmouth and Salem
  20. The Lost Jaffreys Come Home at Last
  21. Who Needs Another Gundalow?
  22. Portsmouth Herald Seeks Its Own Birth Date
  23. Why John Smith Failed to Colonize New England
  24. Secret Portwalk Dig Yields Buried Treasure
  25. Henry Tufts Wrote First American Criminal Autobiography
  26. Reformer Frederick Douglass Spoke in New Hampshire
  27. The Making of Portsmouth's Greatest Maritime Art Exhibit
  28. Three Beebe Girls Buried at Isles of Shoals
  29. The Last Battle of Fitz-John Porter
  30. Inside the USS Kearsage Monument
  31. How the Tall Ships Really Came to NH
  32. Andrew Peabody Preached Against War in 1847
  33. New England Takes Fort Louisbourg in 1745
  34. William Morris Hunt Dies Mysteriously at Isles of Shoals
  35. NH Jewish Community Deeply Rooted in Portsmouth
  36. First Religious Newspaper Born in NH
  37. Robert Frost According to Joe Frost
  38. Primus Fowle Ran First NH Press
  39. Snow-Bound Poem Made Whittier Wealthy
  40. Prescott Park Created by Millionaire Sisters
  41. Seacoast Teen Abducted to Brothel
  42. Writing about History in 2011
  43. The Lost Christmas Classic of Celia Thaxter
  44. What Does Piscataqua Mean?
  45. Myles Standish Speaks Out on NH's First Settler
  46. Poet Foss Spoke for the Common Man
  47. Mark Twain Loved Aldrich but Hated Portsmouth
  48. Creepy Characters from History
  49. The Unsung Columbus of New Hampshire
  50. Portsmouth Goes Whaling
  51. The Lost WPA Murals of Gladys Brannigan
  52. Waging Peace in 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth
  53. Subversive Nathan Parker Founded Unitarian Church in NH
  54. What the Cushing Family Left Us
  55. Fannie Sprague Murder Still Unsolved
  56. A Dangerous Love Affair with Fireworks
  57. Pirate Gold Recovered at Isles of Shoals
  58. Spreading the Gospel of Historic Portsmouth
  59. The First Perilous Voyage of Privateer Lynx
  60. When Playwrights Play With History
  61. How Harvard Helped Portsmouth and Vice Versa
  62. Fishing Adventures at the Isles of Shoals
  63. Vampire Lincoln Vs the Texas School Board
  64. Rare Photo Shows NH Revolutionary
  65. In Search of Black Yankee Imagery
  66. The Fall and Rise of Max Maynard
  67. Turning Seacoast Fact into Historical Fiction
  68. Writing History in the 21st Century
  69. Top 10 Seacoast Natural Disasters
  70. The Truth about Vintage Christmas
  71. NH Merchants Mint Their Own Money
  72. Privateer Lynx Heads East
  73. Best Clam Chowder Recipe is Our Family Heirloom
  74. Shifting Street Names is Portsmouth Tradition
  75. Thomsons were First NH Settlers in 1623
  76. Captain of Ironsides Starts Navy Yard
  77. Inside the Media Morgue
  78. How the Coolidge Family of Boston Saved Wentworth Mansion
  79. The Perils of Privateer Andrew Sherburne
  80. The Agony and the Ecstasy of James Kennard Jr
  81. What Happened to Portsmouth North End?
  82. Prehistoric Artifacts Discovered at Isles of Shoals
  83. Little Girl Opens Big Bridge
  84. Memoir of a Clever New England Girl
  85. Lincoln Supporters Trash Copperhead Newspaper
  86. Stamp Act Agent Burned in Effigy
  87. The Many Homes of Daniel Webster
  88. Louis de Rochemont in Hollywood NH
  89. Black Man with Washington Crossing the Delaware
  90. Ruth Blay Hanged Here in 1768
  91. Ice Storm Photos Frozen in Time
  92. Fire and Ice in Downtown Portsmouth
  93. York Indian Legend Might be Real
  94. White Men Invented Saint Aspinquid
  95. No Thanks Given to NH Founders
  96. The Fall and Rise of Portsmouth NH
  97. Tales of a Real Ghostbuster
  98. Letter to Portsmouth in 2123 AD
  99. Time Capsule Buried in 1998
  100. Love Letters of Dorothy Vaughan


  • 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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