Category Archives: Events

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


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.