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Author LecturesYOU ASKED FOR IT!
The author unchained takes to the podium.  Winner of two awards for history writing and now uathor of 11 books, SeacoastNH.com editor and publisher J. Dennis Robinson lectures frequently. He's been called "the funniest history lecturer in New Hampshire." Maybe that's because people expect history to be dry stuff, but Robinson says -- no way. "History is about people first, and people are pretty darn funny," he says. " Click to see latest talks below.

 

 

 

J. Dennis Robinson books:

T
wo new ones out in 2012

AMERICA'S PRIVATEER: Priavteer Lynx and the War of 1812 tells the story of two fast tall ships named LYNX, one built 200 years ago and captured by the British, the sails today. The new schooner LYNX was built at Rockport , Maine in 2001 and is registered in Portsmouth, NH. This is the one bicentennial book you won't want to miss.

UNDER THE ISLES OF SHOALS: Arhcaeology in & Discovery on Smuttynose Island is a colorful over-sized paperback with nearly 200 pictures. It focuses on the 250,000 artifacts discovered recently at the Isles of Shoals and the impace they have on local history.

SEE & BUY SIGNED JDR BOOKS (CLICK HERE)

 

ALSO BY JDR

 

- MARITIME PORTSMOUTH: The Sawtelle Colelction

 

- STRIKING BACK: The History of Child Labor Explitation (for kids)

 

 

 

- STRAWBERY BANKE: A Museum 400 Years in the Making

 

 

 

- JESSE JAMES: Legendary Rebel and Outlaw (for kids)

 

 

 

- WENTWORTH BY THE SEA: THe LIfe & Times of a Grand Hotel

 

 

 

- RICH WITH CHILDREN: AN Italian Family Comes to America 
- LORD BALTIMORE: Founder of Maryland ( for kids)

 

 

- NEW ENFGLAND: A Photographic Portrait

 

- PORTSMOUTH & COASTAL NH: Photographic Portrait
 
AND DON"T MISS THE NOVELLA DOWNLOAD
KILL ALL THE VAMPIRE WRITERS (just $1.99)
Download from Amazon.com

 


 

 

J. Dennis Robinson live lectures, talks, book signings

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LECTURES IN 2012
(subject to change, updated in July 2012. Many events at 7pm, but check with venue for actual times and dates. Some events are private or require admission fee, but many are sponsored free to the public by the NH Humanitie Council)
 

Updated August 1

 

March 7

Derry

Strawbery Banke

Questars

April 10

Milford

War of 1812

Wadleigh Library

April 12

Nottingham

Strawbery Banke

Blaisdell Library

April 19

Wilmot

“Bad Boy” Novels

Wilmot Library

May 8

Canterbury

Strawbery Banke

Historical Society

May 10

Epping

Strawbery Banke

Library Friends

May 17

Rye

War of 1812

Webster at Rye

June 1

Portsmouth

TV interview

Fox 25 TV Zip Trip

June 7

Amesbury

Whitter & the Shoals
(with Maryellen)

Whittier House Garden (2 pm)

June 9

New Castle

400 Years of Seacoast History

College of Trial Lawyers (private)

June 27

WMUR-TV

Shoals Archaeology

NH Chronicle TV show

July 14

Portsmouth

Shoals Archaeology

Discover Portsmouth
(11 am)

July 28

Eliot, ME

Shoals Archaeology

Piscatqua Pioneers (members event)

August 1

Exeter

Shoals book signing

Water St Books

August 2

Portsmouth

Shoals Archaeology

Gundalow Company
(pay event, early eve)

August 15

Dover

Collecting Paul Jones

Wentworth Home

August 18

Portsmouth

Signing Books

USS Albacore 2-3pm

September 6

Plaistow

Strawbery Banke

Plaistow Library

September 11

Wakefield

Collecting Paul Jones

Historical Society

September 12

Portsmouth

War of 1812

Ports. Athenaeum

September 22

Portsmouth

Smuttynose Murders

Concord Reads Group
(members event)

FALL TBA

Newington

“Under the Shoals”
book signing

Barnes & Noble

FALL TBA

Groveland, MA

“Treasure at the Isles of Shoals”

Langley-Adams Library

October 4

Gilmanton

“Bad Boy” Novels

Library, 6:30pm

November 7

Lee

“Bad Boy” Novels

Lee Library

December 12

Portsmouth

Shoals Treasure

Kremple Center, 1pm

April 9, 2013

Plaistow

“Lively Boys”

Library

TBA 2013

Bedford

John Paul Jones

Bedford Library

 

REALLY OLD STUFF

April 10, 2011
2 pm, Sunday
America’s Smallest Seacoast
MOSES GREELEY PARKER LECTURE SERIES
Lowell, MA
Public invited

May 11, 2011
6:30pm, Wednesday
History of Strawbery Banke
DERRY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Public invited / NH Humanities

May 18, 2011
12:45 pm, Wednesday
History of Portsmouth
KREMPLE CENTER
Portsmouth, NH
Private meeting

July 15, 2011
5pm, Friday
America’s Smallest Seacoast
CAVANAUGH FAMILY REUNION
Private meeting

Summer 2011
Date TBA
Collecting John Paul Jones
PORTSMOUTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Gallery Talk /public

Summer 2011
Date TBA
Maritime Portsmouth
DISCOVER PORTSMOUTH CENTER
Author Talk / public

August 9, 2011
7pm, Tuesday
Who Won 1812 War?
NEW CASTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Public invited

September 22, 2011
7pm, Thursday
Who Won 1812 War?
OLD BERWICK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Berwick Academy, Maine
Public invited

October 13, 2011
Thursday, 7pm
Making of Strawbery Banke
SPRINGFILED TOWN MEETINGHOUSE
Public Invited / NH Humanities

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May 19, 7pm
Topic: Founding of Strawbery Banke
PORTSMOUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Levenson Room, public invited
Portsmouth, NH

May 25, noon - 2pm
LILAC FESTIVAL
Book signing
Wentworth Coolidge Mansion
Portsmouth, NH

May 22 Noon
Topic: Strawbery Banke History
FRIENDS OF RICE LIBRARY
Kittery, Maine

March 24, 8:30-9:30am
Strawbery Banke Fundraiser
at Wentworth by the Sea
Book signing, breakfast and lively presentations
Cal; for info: Nancy Grace Lowenberg at (603) 422-7552

March 29, 7pm
Topic: Life of John Paul Jones (JPJ)
Portsmouth Yacht Clup
Members Only (Details  TBA)

April 1, 2008  
Topic: Lively Boys! Lively Boys!
The Bad Boys of Literature
Exeter Historical Society
Time 6pm, public invited, seating limited

April 10, 11am
WTSN, Dover
Open Mike with Mike Pomp

April 17, 6PM
Topic: SBM slide lecture 
NEW CASTLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

April 24 7pm  
Topic: Strawbery Banke History
OLD BERWICK HISTORICAL
Fogg Library at Berwick Academy

April 25, 26, 27
Topic: Story of a Bad Boy
WEST END STUDIO
Panel discussion after Pontine Play
Portsmouth, NH

WOKQ radio interview
March 21 -- 12:15pm
Recording date at Sam Adams Show 
Broadcast Date TBA

Riverrun Bookstore in Portsmouth
Topic: "Strawbery Banke: Past & Future"
March 5, 7 PM
Book signing and discussion with Larry Yerdon,
Presidnet of Strawbery Banke Museum

NH CHRONICLE
February 29, 7:30PM
DON'T MISS THIS ON on Channel 9,
Show dedicated to history of Strawbery Banke
and our new book featured

February 16, 1-3 pm
Strawbery Banke Gift Shop
Books signing in Tyco Visitor Center
during historic tour winter event

THE WIRE interview
Publication date first week of February

WHEB Clearchannel Interview
Broadcast date mid-February TBA

PORTSMOUTH ATLANTIC WEEKLY
Review publication date Feburary 14

January 30
The Politics of Preservation at Strawbery Banke
Wentworth-Gardner Lecture Series
Dinner and Lecture
6 - 9 pm

January 19, 2008
SBM Book Signing
Portsmouth, NH, Barnes & Noble
1PM

December 8, 7-9pm (Saturday)

Book signing
Strawbery Banke Gift Shop
Candlelight Stroll customers only

December 15, 6-9pm (Saturday)
Book signing
Strawbery Banke Gift Shop
Candlelight Stroll customers only

December 18, 2007  (Tuesday)
SBM Book signing
Portsmouth Athenaeum
5:30 PM, public invited

December 23, 1-3pm (Call for details)
Book signing
Strawbery Banke Gift Shop
All audiences

November 29, 2007
"The New Portsmouth Cultural Center"
Portsmouth Rotary, Noon
Member only

October 27, 2007
"How We Almost Didn't Happen"
National Board, Strawbery Banke
Strawbery Banke Museum

September 2007
History of Strawbery Banke
Keynote NH Charitable Foundation
Greater Piscataqua Annual Meeting

September 2007
History of Strawbery Banke
Historic New England, Langdon Mansion
Portsmouth, NH

September 2007400 Years of Local HIstory
Keynote American Foundry Association
Wentworth by the Sea

May 2007 (TBA)
Why Writers Starve
Seacoast Writer's Association
Chester, NH

May 3 2007 (TBA
Portsmouth on Fire
Federal Fire Society
Portsmouth, NH

Jan/Feb (tentative)
Lively Boys! Lively Boys!
Wentorth Coolide Mansion
Portsmouth, NH

October 29
History of Strawbery Banke -- the Book So Far
Puddle Dock Group
Strawbery Banke Museum

October 10
Portsmouth Regional Hospital
Speakers Bureau
400 Years

September 21
Portsmouth Historical Society
LIVELY BOYS! LIVERY BOYS!
A one-time new lecture on 19th century literary figures
who grew up in Portsmouth and went on to fame.
Part of the Literary Lions exhibit at the Portsmouth Athenaeum
and part of the 250th anniversary of Printing in NH
Rockingham Ballroom, Portsmouth, NH

September 14
UNH Elderhostel
400 Years, 11 am
Holiday Inn, Portsmouth, NH

September 12
NANNYc Convention, Private
400 Years of Portsmouth History
Wentworth by the Sea Hotel

September 11
Stratham Historical Society
WBS, public invited

August
Radio WKXL1450 "Human Ties" Show
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD ENTIRE INTERVIEW
"Literary Lions Exhibit"
Deb Watrous, the Executive Director
of the New Hampshire Council for the Humanities
Concord, NH

August
Portsmouth Magazine Interview
"The Man Who Created the Seacoast"

August
THE WIRE Interview
Life Among the Lions

August 10
Riverwoods & The Ridge
WBS , 7:30 pm
Exeter, NH

July 25
Bringing the Dead to Life; Spritis 2006
"The Forgotten Founders of NH"
Point of Graves Cemetery
Portsmouth, NH
6pm. Free to the public

June 17 - 24
Smuttynose Island
Daily tours at the Isles of Shoals
Come on out if you have a boat

CSPAN BOOkTV
Riverrun Cable TV book Interview
Broadcast date to be announced

June 12
400 Years of Portsmouth History for Event Planners
Wentworth by the Sea, 9am

May 25
Friend of Rice Library
APOLOGIES TO KITTERY
How Portsmouth stoel 400 years of Kittery history
Congregational Church, Kittery Point, ME

September 13, 2005
UNH Elderhostel
400 Years of Portsmouth History (classroom)
Interactive lecture , 10:30 am
Portsmouth, NH

August 20
WBS and the Treaty of Portsmouth (invited guests)
Portsmouth Historical Society
Time TBA

July 7
Portsmouth Rotary
Happy Birthday John Paul
Luncheon, third JDR speech in ongoing history series

June 28
NH Auto Dealers Assoication
WBS History (private conference)
Wentworth by the Sea

June 16
Northeastern University Alumni
400 Years of Portsmouth History
1 pm, Sheraton Harborside (private event)

June 9
Brentwood Historical Society
WBS, 7:30 PM, public invited

May TBA
Portsmouth Herald VIP Workshop

Aprill 22 (tentative encore)
Lane Memorial Library
Treaty of Portsmouth & WBS Hotel
7 pm, public invited
Hampton, NH

March 29
WSCA-FM Radio
Portsmouth History Discussion with Burt Cohen
about Visitor's Center, 11am


March 24
Federated Republican Woman's Club
WBS slide show (private function)
Portsmouth, 7pm
Portsmouth Athenaeum

January 27, 2005
Old Berwick Historical Society
WBS slideshow (public invited)
7:30 pm, Location Berwick Academy
South Berwick, ME

Radio Free Europe
Discussuib of John Paul Jones in Russia
Russian Language Version

January 19, 2005
Lane Memorial Library
Treaty of Portsmouth & WBS Hotel
7 pm, public invited
Hampton, NH

Decembr 9
6pm (private club)
WBS history discussion
St. Theresa's Catholic Men's Club
Rye, NH

December 2
Seacoast Science Center
WBS slideshow (tickets available)
Heritage Dinner Series Keynote
Odiorne Point, Rye, NH

November 18
Rye Library & Rye Historical Society
WBS Slideshow (public invited)
Book signing 6 pm, Lecure 7 pm
Rye, NH

November 15
Piscataqua Savings Bank
WBS Behind the Scenes (By Invitation)
7pm
Wentworth by the Sea

November 12
Wentworth by the Sea (private function)

November 9
North Church Women's Group
400 Years of Portsmouth History (public invited)
7pm, Parish House, Spinney Road
Portsmouth, NH

November 7
DAR Meeting, Ranger Chapter (members)
Award presented to Robinson for history writing
3pm
Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion
Portsmouth, NH

November 4
Portsmouth Rotary Club
WBS: Economics of a Grand Hotel (members & guests)
!2:15 pm lunch meeting keynote
Portsmouth, NH

October 22
Riverrun Books
WBS book signing &
remarks titled "Why Writers Starve"
(public invited)
7pm at the bookshop
Portsmouth, NH

October 18
Portsmouth College Women’s Club
WBS slideshow (members)
Portsmouth, NH

October 12
Portsmouth Public Library
John Paul Jones: Superhero (public invited)
Slideshow
Portsmouth, NH

October 9
Inn at Spruce Wood
WBS book signing & discussion (public invited)
5pm
Durham, NH

September 29 (archived online, click below to listen)
History of Wentworth by the Sea (interview)
NH Public Radio
TheFront Porch with host John Walters

September 23
98.7 The Bay Radio, Dover
7:30 am broadcast
Seacoast in the Morning with Diane Adair

September 23
Barnes & Noble
WBS book signing & comments (public invited)
Portsmouth, NH

September 14
UNH Elderhostel
400 Years of Portsmouth History (classroom)
Interactive lecture , 10:30 am
Portsmouth, NH

September 3,4,5
Shoals Marine Lab (UNH & Cornell classroom)
Mysteries & Legends of the Isles of Shoals (with Maryellen Burke)
& WBS slide show
Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals, ME

July 26
Newmarket Historical Society

Last week of June
Smuttynose Island waslking tours

June 14
DAR 75th Anniversary Dinner
Wentworth by the Sea

June 8
UNH Elderhostel

May 4
Wentworth by the Sea
WBS Book signing

April 1
Piscataqua Savings Bank
Board of Directors Keynote

April 22
Portsmouth Athenaeum
WBS Book Signing
Lecture: John Paul Jones: Superhero

March
Portsmouth Rotary
Life of Tobias Lear

 


 

J. Dennis Robinson has only been a Portsmouth resident for 30 years, but in that time he has published 1,000 articles about the Seacoast region and its history. His Internet web portal SeacoastNH.com currently reaches about 10,000 visitors weekly.

Robinson has taught writing at the high school and college level and is a graduate of UNH. For 15 years he owned and managed Ideaworks, an audio visual production company. He currently writes history columns for the New Hampshire Gazette, The Portsmouth Herald and Accent Magazine.

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September 8, 7pm
WAKEFIELD HISTORICAL
SBM lecture
Public invited / NHHC sponsored

July 17, 10 am
PISCATAQUA GARDEN CLUB
SBM lecture
York Reading Room, York, ME
Private function

June 20-26
SMUTTYNOSE ISLAND
Walking history tour, daylgiht hours

May 14, 7pm
BRENTWOOD HISTORICAL
SBM lecture
Public invited / NHHC sponsored

April 29, 7:30 pm
RIVERWOODS
Exeter, NH
SBM lecture
Public invited

April 22, 7pm
NEWMAKRET HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Wentworth by the Sea lecture
Public invited

April 17, 10am
DURHAM COMMUNITY CHURCH
SBM lecture
Puiblic invited / NHHC sponsored

April 17, afternoon
UNH, DURHAM
Special discussion on Betty & Barney Hill
Special to UNH students

April 14 7pm
MADBURY TOWN HALL
SBM lecture
Public invited / NHHC sponsored

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February 9, 2009 2pm
MOLLY STARK DAR
John Stark House
Manchester, NH
Topic: John Paul Jones
Nonprofit organization meeting

Winter 2009 (tba)
MARK WENTWORTH HOME
Portsmouth, NH
Topic: Founding of SBM
Free to public

January 14, 2009)
NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOC.
"The Big Read" Tom Sawyer
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, NH
Topic: Origin of Bad Boy Books
Nonprofit convention

January 12, 2009, 7pm
STRATHAM HISTORICAL
Stratham Firehouse
Topic: History of SBM
Free to the public

December
HOLIDAY STROLL
Strawbery Banke Museum
Book signings

December 7
BARNES & NOBLE
Local authors signing books
(somewhere in back of the store)

October 24, 2pm
NH WRITER'S PROJECT
Stoodley’s Tavern, Strawbery Banke
Portsmouth, NH
Topic: History Across Genres
Panel discussion on writing history
Fee charged

October 19, 10am
ALHFM
Association of Living History Farms & Museums
Strawbery Banke Visitor Center
Portsmouth, NH
Topic: Brief History of SBM
Nonprofit convention

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October 16, 5pm
BOREALIS VENTURES
Café Pesche
Portsmouth, NH
Topic: Economic History of Portsmouth
Private function

October 9, 7pm
FRIENDS OF NEWFIELDS LIBRARY
Newfields Town Hall
Newfields, NH
Topic: Making of SBM
Public Invited, free

October 6, 2pm
DISCOVER PORTSMOUTH CENTER
Portsmouth, NH
Topic: Lively Boys! Lively Boys!
$10, all proceeds to DPC

September 25, 6:30pm
RYE LIBRARY
Rye Libraray Friends &
Rye Historical Society
Topic: Making of SBM
Free to public

May 15
DARTMOUTH ALUMNI CLUB
Wentworth by the Sea Coiuntry Club
Greenland, NH
Topic: How Portsmouth Started Dartmouth

 

 

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