Below is a list of past speakers that ISHRA has had the pleasure of hosting. For these meeting minutes and newsletters, click here (available for members only, please consider joining ISHRA to get access).

  • Spring 2016: Peter Leach
  • Fall 2015: Guy Capacelatro III and surprise guests from a Star Island writers group
  • May, 2015: “Wichcraft in New England” by Tad Baker
  • November 11, 2014: “Case Closed on the 1873 Smuttynose Murders” by J. Dennis Robinson
  • April 8, 2014: Alexandra de Steiguer
  • November 6, 2013: “The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age Of Sail” with W. Jeffrey Bolster
  • April 9, 2013: “Oil and Water: How Dedicated Citizens Prevailed Against Big Oil” by Dudley Dudley
  • November 13, 2012: “With Roland Thaxter in Patagonia”
  • April 10, 2012: Lighthouses, by Jeremy D’Entremont
  • November 8, 2011: “Beneath the Waves”, Andrew Martinez, Photographer
  • April 12, 2011: “Sharing discoveries and insights of architecture at the shoals” by Robert Cook
  • November 2010: Pontine Theatre’s co-artistic directors Marguerite Mathews and Gregory Gathers talk about their newest work based on the legend and lore of the Isles of Shoals.
  • May 2010: “CSI: Smuttynose” by Norm Michaud
  • November 2009: “An Island Kingdom” by Andrea Mellville
  • May 12, 2009: “Smuttynose Island: Marine Ecology, Archeology and Stewardship on the Shoals” by Dr. Nathan Hamilton
  • November 11, 2008: “The Flora & Natural Communities at the Isles of Shoals” Power Point presentation, by Bill Nichols
  • May 13, 2008: “An Island Kingdom shoals history documentary” by Andrea Melville
  • November 13, 2007: “Pollack, Fair Weather & No Quarters to Strangers: The Rise & Fall of Gosport” Power Point presentation by Sarah O’Connor
  • May 8, 2007: Willy Bemis (SML Director) Creek Cottage, Power Point presentation
  • November 14, 2006: Alexandra de Steiguer (Photographer & Star Island winter caretaker) “Winter Time on Star Island;” Power Point photographs and music
  • May 9, 2006: Julie Ellis: Cornell Professor; research on  the gulls on Appledore Island & their effect on the Shoals
  • November 15, 2005: Ann Beattie (Historian) “The Isles of Shoals Throughout Time;” image Power Point of the history eras of the Shoals
  • May 10, 2005: ISHRA Members, “Tribute to Bob Tuttle” Speakers included: Christine Bogdanowicz, Ken Cummisky, Al Hanson, JB Heiser, Peter Lamb, Wendy Lull, Jim Morin, Edith Peirson, Dave MacEachran
  • November 9, 2004: Bruce Parsons, Slides of photographs from his book on Star Island
  • May 11, 2004: Rich Langdon, UNH Professor; “The Came to Fish:  Now What” aquaculture & mussel farming
  • November 11, 2003, Larry Roberston & Chris Kies, UNH Professors; “An Artist’s View of the Murders on Smuttynose;” a documentary of a ballet
  • May 13, 2003: Dave MacEachran, Photographer; “An Evening on Smuttynose”
  • November 12, 2002: Paul & Lisa Jennings, Star Island Co-Managers; “The Current State of Star Island and What the Future Holds”
  • May 14, 2002, Ed Lyman, SML Manager; “The Plight of the Rare Endangered Right Whale”
  • November 13, 2001: Dennis Robinson: Author; “Shoals TV:  Isles of Shoals Legends Meet Mass Media“
  • May 8, 2001: Sharon Stephan, Artist, editor; “One Woman’s Work:  The Visual Art of Celia Laighton Thaxter”
  • November 14, 2000, Stephanie Voss Nugent, Actor; “An Actor’s Approach” to playing Celia Thaxter
  • May 9, 2000: Lou Sherfese, Lighthouses on the Maine Coast
  • November 9, 1999: Wendy Lull, Director of the SSC; “The Open Ocean Aquaculture Project off the Isles of Shoals“
  • May 11, 1999: Jim Morin, New Director of the Shoals Marine Lab on Appledore
  • November 11, 1998: Paul Pellitier, Director of Marine Operations for UNH and Captain of the R/V Gulf Challenger
  • May 12, 1997: Ginny Chisholm, Gardener; The making and care of Celia’s garden on Appledore
  • November 11, 1997: Diane DeLuca, NH Audubon; NH Audubon’s tern restoration project on Seavey’s and White Islands
  • May 13, 1997 Don Stevens, Diving instructor; Arrangement with the state of NH to use White Island for his diving instruction school; slides of underwater marine life
  • November 12, 1996: Richard Stanley, Historian; Slides of scenes from the Shoals and old Shoals prints from books
  • May 14, 1996: Peter Randall, Photographer & publisher; Slides of his Shoals photographs:  birds, plants, rocks, garden, etc.
  • November 14, 1995: Dave & Edith Pearson, Star Island winter caretakers
  • May 9, 1995: Bob Tuttle, Historian; Slides on “The Cairn on Appledore;” research on Dr. Henry Ingersoll Bowditch, well known Boston physician who visited the Shoals, letters from 1858
  • November 8, 1994: Donna Titus, Artist; Artist-in-Residence for 5 weeks on White Island, August 1994; slides by Ron Titus
  • May 10, 1994: Roger Larochelle, Archaeologist; “Transits, Trowels and Train Vats:  Mapping the Isles of Shoals;” slides of his & Faith Harrington’s archaeological dig on Star (1986), Lunging (1988), Appledore (1989-93), Smuttynose & Malaga
  • May 11, 1993: David MacEachran, Photographer; Shoals nature photographs with background music
  • November 3, 1992: Faith Harrington (Archaeologist) Shoals archeological dig on Smuttynose & Malaga, 1991-1992; slides by Charlie West