2021 ISHRA Spring General Membership Meeting

The ISHRA Spring Membership Meeting will be on April 27th from 7:00-8:30 PM via Zoom and will include a presentation by David Ramsey on Three Famous Women of the Piscataqua. If you are planning to attend David’s talk, please use the link below to register and reserve your place. You...Read More »

ISHRA Conference Registration

Star Island ISHRA June conference is now open for registration on the Star Island Website. (starisland.org) The Sep conference will open for registration on the Star site in early May.

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Star Island 2021 Opening for all events and conferences

Star Island staff are making plans to reopen the island for conferees in 2021 with reduced capacity, masks, social distancing and more events happening out of doors. Final decisions will be made in the coming weeks and months, so check the starisland.org website for updates. As of now, online registration could open as...Read More »

CANCELLED: All Star Island Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Star Island (and therefore all ISHRA events that would otherwise be hosted at the shoals) are closed/will not be opened in 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience and wish our community a safe summer as we all try to navigate through these unprecedented times.

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CANCELLED: ISHRA June Conference - 2020

When: June 20 (Saturday) at 2:30 PM to June 24 (Wednesday) at 11:45 AM, 2020

Where: Star Island, Isles of Shoals

Description: Ellen Koenig and Gretchen Gudefin will chair the conference. The conference subject will be: “Telling Our Stories, Finding Ourselves: As ISHRA historians, we study the past – but what will future...Read More »

ISHRA Winter Social - 2020

When: January 26, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (rain date of February 2, 2020)

Where: Kittery Point Congregational Church at 23 Pepperrell Road in Kittery Point, Maine

Description: Socialize one and all, bring a potluck entree to share and or items for the silent auction.

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Spring General Membership Meeting - 2019

When: April 10th (Wednesday) from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Levinson Room of the Portsmouth Public Library 175 Parrott Ave Portsmouth, NH 03801

Speaker: Marie Nickerson (the steward of Celia Thaxton’s Garden on Appledore)

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Summer and Fall Conference Registration is Open

Go to the Activities page to to learn more.

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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
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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...Read More »

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

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...Read More »

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...Read More »

Spring 2017 Newsletter Available

The Spring 2017 ISHRA newsletter is now published and available on the newsletter page.

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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...Read More »

Fall newsletter and annual meeting November 1

The Fall 2016 ISHRA newsletter is now published and available on the newsletter page. If you didn’t receive a copy in the mail, make sure your dues are up to date. See you on November 1 at our Fall meeting!

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

Hal Weeks 2016

Please 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...Read More »

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! 


With the forecast of rising sea levels in the news on the Seacoast, archaeologist Peter...Read More »

Spring 2016 Newsletter Available, Next Meeting April 12

The Spring 2016 ISHRA newsletter is now published and available on the newsletter page. If you didn’t receive a copy in the mail, make sure your dues are up to date. See you on April 12 at our Spring meeting!

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Friendly Toast Benefit Night: April 21

April 21, 2016: Save the date and join our ISHRA benefit with drinks, dinner, and dessert at the Friendly Toast Restaurant in downtown Portsmouth. 20% of all sales from 4-8 pm will benefit ISHRA. All that’s needed is to join us and bring your family and friends!

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Fall 2015 newsletter now available!

The Fall 2015 ISHRA newsletter is now published and available online for members. Click here to access the newsletter page. If you didn’t receive the newsletter in the mail, make sure your dues are up to date.

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Fall 2015 ISHRA Membership Meeting

Please join us November 10th at 7:00 pm at the 3S Art Space in Portsmouth for a night of conversation with Guy Capacelatro III and some surprise guests from a Star Island writers group. The group will sing music and describe how the Shoals have inspired their written...Read More »

ISHRA Community Supper at Robert's Maine Grill Dec 1 & 8

On Tuesday and Wednesday nights from September to June Robert’s Maine Grill, located on 326 Route 1, Kittery Maine offers a “Community Supper” starting at 4PM. The Community Supper is a $14 – 3 course menu in the spirit of Robert’s style: Maine Comfort Food with an updated twist. Robert’s...Read More »

Newsletter articles wanted

Calling all writers!  We are currently accepting submissions from our membership for the Fall newsletter.  Share your Shoals stories and experiences, content can be anything from an article to poetry.  Please send your submissions by July 27 to: ishra.newsletter@gmail.com. Your input is greatly appreciated!

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Spring Newsletter now available!

The Spring ISHRA newsletter is now published and available online for members (and mailed to current members this week). Click here to access the newsletter page.

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Spring 2015 ISHRA Membership Meeting

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 7:00–9:00 pm (Refreshments at 6:30; please bring something to share at the refreshment table) at the Seacoast Science Center (570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye, NH). The topic will be on WITCHCRAFT IN NEW ENGLAND – Our guest speaker Tad Baker, author of A Storm of...Read More »

Winter Social January 25

Join us on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Kittery Point for the ISHRA Winter Social. Bring your favorite side dish, appetizer, beverage, or dessert for the pot luck luncheon, the seafood chowder is on us. Most important, don’t forget your photo...Read More »

2015 June Conference: Fishwives, Witches, Writers, Pelicans, And Scientists - 400 Years Of Women on the Shoals

Fishwives, Witches, Writers, Pelicans, And Scientists: From 1647 when Goodwife Reynolds and her husband John violated an act in Court that “no women shall live upon the Shoals”; to June of 1674 when Goodwife Tope of Gosport was accused of “being a witch”; to 1839 when Celia Laighton and...Read More »

Login issues resolved

The member login issues should now be resolved! If you are a member with a postcard, you can now access the newsletters online. If your login still doesn’t work, please make sure we have your email address on file by emailing webmaster@ishra.org. Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding as...Read More »

Fall Meeting: Case Closed on the 1873 Smuttynose Murders

“Case Closed on the 1873 Smuttynose Murders” will be the subject of our program on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by J. Dennis Robinson. Join us at the Seacoast Science Center, 570 Ocean Blvd., Rye, NH. Refreshments at 6:30pm, Meeting at 7:00pm.

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Fall Weekend 2014: Shipwreck Tales

It was smooth sailing from Portsmouth to Star Island for 25 conferees, including many first-timers, who attended ISHRA’s September conference, “The Undersea History of the Isles of Shoals.” But then, tales of harrowing shipwrecks echoed through Elliott Hall in the Oceanic Hotel.

Conference chair Laurence Bussey got things underway Friday...Read More »

June Conference 2014 a Success!

The 2014 ISHRA June Conference was a resounding success.  Old and new friends gathered on Star Island to explore the “Changes in the Sea and Marine Science Discoveries” on and around the Isles of Shoals.  Speakers from the Shoals Marine Lab, the University of Maine, and our own ISHRA...Read More »