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Teaching an Old Library New Tricks Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Langdon_Library_1893HISTORY MATTERS

Here’s a hot winter tip. The Langdon Library is selling off a great collection of audio books and videotapes for $2 each. Where is the Langdon Library, you ask? Well, it’s right smack in the heart of historic Newington Village, five miles from downtown Portsmouth. What say? You didn’t know there was a downtown Newington? (Continued below)

Discovering the History of Discover Portsmouth Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

The Portsmouth Public Library moved to its expansive new facility on Parrott Ave six years ago. Yet now and then a very delinquent borrower stops by the old brick library building at the corner of Middle and Islington streets with some very-overdue books. He peers through the windows of what is now the Discover Portsmouth Center. What he sees is a building turned inside out. Wires dangle from an exposed ceiling and the floor is littered with lighting fixtures, heating ducts, and coiled cables. (Continued below)

Mitt Romney and Poetry, UFOs and Trash Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   




Last week a caller told me that what I do for a living is trivial. I tend to agree. I write about obscure historical topics, he pointed out, focused on the smallest seacoast in the nation. What could be less important? That’s exactly my point. Out of the tiny mustard seed, according to the ancient parable, big things grow. (Continued below)


Thomas Morton Abandoned at Isles of Shoals Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   


And you think you have a hangover. One minute Thomas Morton and his friends were happily drinking and dancing around an 80-foot maypole in Massachusetts. The next minute he was all alone on a deserted island off the New Hampshire coast. Was he just a rabble-rouser or a visionary founding father beaten up by the Boston area Puritans? (Complete article below)


What Scrooge and the Grinch Learned and Santa Forgot Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   



Someone has to be held accountable. Who started this outrageous rush to holiday gift giving? How did we devolve to the point where consumers camp outside mall stores and slug it out in the toy aisle?  Let’s blame John Harvey. (Continued below)



More Articles...

  1. American Revolution Began in New Hampshire
  2. NH Rejects Aristotle Onassis Oil Refinery in 1974
  3. State of the First NH State House Revealed
  4. Demystifying Witchcraft in Portsmouth and Salem
  5. The Lost Jaffreys Come Home at Last
  6. Who Needs Another Gundalow?
  7. Portsmouth Herald Seeks Its Own Birth Date
  8. Why John Smith Failed to Colonize New England
  9. Secret Portwalk Dig Yields Buried Treasure
  10. Henry Tufts Wrote First American Criminal Autobiography
  11. Reformer Frederick Douglass Spoke in New Hampshire
  12. The Making of Portsmouth's Greatest Maritime Art Exhibit
  13. Three Beebe Girls Buried at Isles of Shoals
  14. The Last Battle of Fitz-John Porter
  15. Inside the USS Kearsage Monument
  16. How the Tall Ships Really Came to NH
  17. Andrew Peabody Preached Against War in 1847
  18. New England Takes Fort Louisbourg in 1745
  19. William Morris Hunt Dies Mysteriously at Isles of Shoals
  20. NH Jewish Community Deeply Rooted in Portsmouth
  21. First Religious Newspaper Born in NH
  22. Robert Frost According to Joe Frost
  23. Primus Fowle Ran First NH Press
  24. Snow-Bound Poem Made Whittier Wealthy
  25. Prescott Park Created by Millionaire Sisters
  26. Seacoast Teen Abducted to Brothel
  27. Writing about History in 2011
  28. The Lost Christmas Classic of Celia Thaxter
  29. What Does Piscataqua Mean?
  30. Myles Standish Speaks Out on NH's First Settler
  31. Poet Foss Spoke for the Common Man
  32. Mark Twain Loved Aldrich but Hated Portsmouth
  33. Creepy Characters from History
  34. The Unsung Columbus of New Hampshire
  35. Portsmouth Goes Whaling
  36. The Lost WPA Murals of Gladys Brannigan
  37. Waging Peace in 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth
  38. Subversive Nathan Parker Founded Unitarian Church in NH
  39. What the Cushing Family Left Us
  40. Fannie Sprague Murder Still Unsolved
  41. A Dangerous Love Affair with Fireworks
  42. Pirate Gold Recovered at Isles of Shoals
  43. Spreading the Gospel of Historic Portsmouth
  44. The First Perilous Voyage of Privateer Lynx
  45. When Playwrights Play With History
  46. How Harvard Helped Portsmouth and Vice Versa
  47. Fishing Adventures at the Isles of Shoals
  48. Vampire Lincoln Vs the Texas School Board
  49. Rare Photo Shows NH Revolutionary
  50. In Search of Black Yankee Imagery
  51. The Fall and Rise of Max Maynard
  52. Turning Seacoast Fact into Historical Fiction
  53. Writing History in the 21st Century
  54. Top 10 Seacoast Natural Disasters
  55. The Truth about Vintage Christmas
  56. NH Merchants Mint Their Own Money
  57. Privateer Lynx Heads East
  58. Best Clam Chowder Recipe is Our Family Heirloom
  59. Shifting Street Names is Portsmouth Tradition
  60. Thomsons were First NH Settlers in 1623
  61. Captain of Ironsides Starts Navy Yard
  62. Inside the Media Morgue
  63. How the Coolidge Family of Boston Saved Wentworth Mansion
  64. The Perils of Privateer Andrew Sherburne
  65. The Agony and the Ecstasy of James Kennard Jr
  66. What Happened to Portsmouth North End?
  67. Prehistoric Artifacts Discovered at Isles of Shoals
  68. Little Girl Opens Big Bridge
  69. Memoir of a Clever New England Girl
  70. Lincoln Supporters Trash Copperhead Newspaper
  71. Stamp Act Agent Burned in Effigy
  72. The Many Homes of Daniel Webster
  73. Louis de Rochemont in Hollywood NH
  74. Black Man with Washington Crossing the Delaware
  75. Ruth Blay Hanged Here in 1768
  76. Ice Storm Photos Frozen in Time
  77. Fire and Ice in Downtown Portsmouth
  78. York Indian Legend Might be Real
  79. White Men Invented Saint Aspinquid
  80. No Thanks Given to NH Founders
  81. The Fall and Rise of Portsmouth NH
  82. Tales of a Real Ghostbuster
  83. Letter to Portsmouth in 2123 AD
  84. Time Capsule Buried in 1998
  85. Love Letters of Dorothy Vaughan
  86. Maine Yankee Escapes Confederate South
  87. Bicycles on the Water
  88. The Elusive Trail of Lucy Hale
  89. Was 1981 NH Bomber Crash Pilot Error?
  90. The Stones of Monhegan
  91. The Day the FB111A Crashed
  92. Like Father, Unlike Son
  93. Dartmouth Conceived as Indian School
  94. Eccentric Pilgrim Stranger Preached to Congress
  95. The UFO Romance of Betty and Barney Hill
  96. Almost Famous in a 1969 Cover Band
  97. Bad Boy Book Genre Born in NH
  98. Collecting John Paul Jones
  99. Why Old NH State House Should Not Be Restored
  100. Why Louis Wagner Was Smuttynose Slayer


  • 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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