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Join ISHRA on Star Island in 2017

Some new discounts are in the works for this year’s ISHRA Summer and Fall Conferences! If you haven’t been to a conference in 3 years, you may get 30% off your room and board, and if you’re a returning Shoaler you can get credits for bringing new Shoalers. Please contact the Conference Chairs below for further info.

ISHRA June Conference: Shipwrecks & Lighthouses

June 24, 2017 to June 28, 2017

Shipwrecks—and the lighthouses built to prevent them—have for centuries been closely associated with the Isles of Shoals and neighboring waters off the New England coast. Explore their legend and lore with experts during this five-day, four-night conference, with time to relax and enjoy the beauty of Star Island. Conference Speakers: Jeremy D’Entremont, American Lighthouse Foundation Historian


ISHRA Fall Weekend: Native Americans & the First Europeans at the Shoals

September 8, 2017 to September 10, 2017

Extensive archaeological digs on Smuttynose Island and elsewhere have uncovered surprising secrets of the past, including Native American artifacts dating back 6,000 years. Learn more about the early inhabitants of the Shoals and enjoy hands-on experience with the current dig at Smuttynose, plus time to relax and enjoy Star Island. Program Leader: Nathan D. Hamilton, Associate Professor of Archaeology, University of Southern Maine


ISHRA Winter Social January 29, 2017

Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s Winter Social on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the First Congregational Church of Kittery Point. The snow date (yes, snow) is February 5th.

Visit with your ISHRA friends off season and share a meal and some stories about the islands. Please bring a main dish, side dish or desert or beverage to share (Last year’s offerings were a delicious testament to the culinary skills of our members). Don’t forget to bring your camera and photo albums!

The social last year was enjoyed by all who attended, with a great meal featuring ham, turkey and a fabulous seafood chowder, a silent auction, and a new ISHRA conference scholarship to honor longtime Shoaler and ISHRA member Alice Gordan.

The social will be held from 1:00 – 3:30.

Don’t miss out on the fun this year! See you at the Winter Social.

A Virtual Walk Around Appledore with Childe Hassam and Hal Weeks: November 1

Hal Weeks 2016Please join us November 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Portsmouth Public Library for a presentation by Hal Weeks, “A Virtual Walk Around Appledore Island with Childe Hassam“.

Hal Weeks is a marine ecologist and New England native, and has a long-term affiliation with Appledore Island and the Shoals Marine Laboratory. Lots of rock-hopping while studying Appledore’s tidepools gave him great familiarity with the island’s rocks, and served as the foundation for a pet project to locate the sites of many Childe Hassam paintings. This led to his contributing to the exhibition “American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals” that is at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem MA through November 6th.

April 12 Meeting to be held at Discover Portsmouth Center

The April 12  7:00 p.m. meeting will not be at the 3SArts Building.  It will now take place at the Discover Portsmouth Center! 


Peter Leach_ISHRAWith the forecast of rising sea levels in the news on the Seacoast, archaeologist Peter Leach will talk about 7,000 years ago, the time that one could walk from the mainland to the Isles of Shoals, and how ecosystems and human populations have responded since then to rising sea level.

Leach will explain his research along the New Hampshire coast, including the drowned forest at Odiorne Point. He will show how archaeological data can be used to help assess the future impacts of sea level rise and how people and ecosystems might react. Leach is a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut, specializing in submerged prehistoric archaeology, and has conducted ground-penetrating radar surveys on four continents.

His free talk (sponsored by the Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association, ISHRA), is on April 12. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for the 7:00 pm event at Discover Portsmouth.

Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street
Portsmouth NH 03801


From the north: I-95 south, Exit 7 to downtown historic Portsmouth, turn left at the end of the exit onto Market Street. Go through 3 sets of lights on Market Street, get in the right lane to take a slight right turn on Russell Street, past the Sheraton on your left, then turn right onto Deer Street. Turn left at the light onto Maplewood. At the second set of lights (at Congress and Islington St.) Discover Portsmouth will be on your right across the intersection.

From the south: I-95 North to Exit 7 to downtown historic Portsmouth. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Market Street. Follow directions above from there.

Parking in Portsmouth

The closest 2 lots to Discover Portsmouth are the Bridge Street lot and the Worth lot. The Bridge Street lot is directly across Islington Street from the Center. The Worth lot is on Maplewood behind the Portsmouth Health Food Store.