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Winter Social Sunday – 2019

Bring a pot luck dish if you like and maybe some items for the silent auction. Weather permitting we’ll do a tour of the Thatcher burial site. 

When: January 27 (Sunday), 2019 with the rain date set for February 2 (Sunday), 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: First Congregational Church 23 Pepperell Rd. Kittery Point, ME.

Spring Newsletter and Meeting April 10

The Spring 2018 ISHRA newsletter is now available on the newsletter page.

The Spring 2018 General Membership meeting will be held on April 10 from 6:30-8:30 at the Portsmouth Public Library in the Levinson Conference Room. Our speaker will be Carol White, who co-runs the Visitor Center at Fort Stark Historic Site in New Castle and serves on the board of the New Castle Historical Society. Many ISHRA members enjoyed her talks at the Shipwrecks and Lighthouses conference on Star Island last June, and we look forward to a great evening on April 10. Her talk will be preceded by ISHRA Membership updates and announcements beginning at 6:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please reserve your place in advance. Click here to register. We have reserved seats for members only so please choose ISHRA Member Ticket at the registration page if you are a member. If you still owe your dues for 2018, please bring a check payable to ISHRA.

Join ISHRA on Star Island in 2018

ISHRA June Conference 2018: Through the Lens of History – A Photographic Look at the Isles of Shoals

June 23, 2018 to June 27, 2018

Vintage photos from yesteryear help us to understand the people and places that make Star Island so meaningful. Journey with us over the past hundred years through a treasure trove of authentic photos to better understand those images that capture magical moments of Star Island’s past. We will hear from the authors of the Images of America books “ Star Island” and the “Isles of Shoals” who will help us to relive the history of the places around us. Come and try a stereopticon view of the Shoals. Create keepsake photos as we hear from experts on ways to create our own cherished memories with tintypes, Join renowned Star Island photography experts who will share their tips about their favorite spots on the island and help us all to see our beloved island in a whole new way.


ISHRA Fall Weekend 2018: Fishing Through the Ages at the Isles of Shoals

September 7, 2018 to September 9, 2018

Fishing drew the earliest settlers to the Isles of Shoals—indeed, the very name of the islands may come from that era’s large schools of “shoals” of fish. Join us in tracing the history of fishing in the Shoals and New England from the 1600s to the challenges of today.

Fall Newsletter and Meeting November 15

The Fall 2017 ISHRA newsletter is now available on the newsletter page. If you didn’t receive a copy in the mail last week, make sure your dues are up to date. See you on November 15 at our next meeting!

The 2017 ISHRA Fall Meeting will be held at the Portsmouth Public Library at 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth NH on Wednesday, November 15th from 6:30-8:30 with speaker Jennifer Kennedy of Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation.
Join us and enjoy conversation and light refreshments with fellow ISHRA members till the lecture begins. Admission is free. If you are not sure where the library is; you may visit the library website at:, or call the library at (603) 427-1540 for more info.
It promises to be an interesting and informative talk…. Don’t miss it!

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