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Unitarian Congregation Sues For Right To Install Solar As A Religious Freedom

Originally published on EdenKeeper. First Parish Unitarians are crying ‘foul’ over a recent denial to allow solar panels on the rooftop of their iconic church in Bedford, Massachusetts. Declaring the Historic District Commission’s (HDC)...Show More Summary

Franklin Park's Overlook Shelter Ruins in Boston, Massachusetts

Sitting lonely and overgrown in Boston's historic Franklin Park, these puddingstone ruins were once one of the only buildings ever designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture, whose egalitarian ideals setShow More Summary

Catching All the Crowds at Fort Phoenix

Another news story with historic roots that’s been bouncing around the web this week has been the reported vandalism at Fort Phoenix, site of a Revolutionary War battery in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.On 13 July, the Fairhaven Historical Commission met to discuss an unexpected strain on the site: Pokémon Go players. Show More Summary

Fort from Revolutionary War damaged by people playing Pokémon Go

2 weeks agoNews : NY Daily News

Caretakers of Fort Phoenix in Massachusetts say players of the popular smartphone game are damaging the historic site.

Copley portrait has permanent home at Historic New England's Codman Estate

3 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

An important portrait of John Codman III (1755-1803) by John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) has a permanent home at Historic New England?s Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts. After being on loan for nearly thirty years, the painting was recently acquired from members of the Codman family. Show More Summary

Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories

Massachusetts has leapfrogged over all other states to pass the most robust equal pay law in the country. The law takes a step that is completely unique: it prohibits employers from asking prospective hires about their salary histories until after they make a job offer that includes compensation, unless the applicants voluntarily disclose the information. […]

Massachusetts Bans Employers From Asking Applicants About Previous Pay

3 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

The bipartisan legislation could inspire similar rules in other states to try to end the pattern of men historically outearning women doing the same job.

Adams National Historic Park in Quincy, Massachusetts

"It is but the farm of a Patriot." John Adams was many things: a teacher, lawyer, Harvard graduate, ambassador, vice president, president, and signatory of the Declaration of Independence. But the life Adams dreamed of, even in the midst...Show More Summary

Horses Vs Horsepower: Watch Historic Rides Race Each Other

2 months agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

An annual race pits cars against animals - and motorized technology doesn't always win. The 'Race of the Century' event, held at the Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts, features motorized vehicles dating to the early 1900s. YouTube link (via Neatorama) The Presurfer

Following the Money after the Phillips-Woodbridge Duel

As I prepared yesterday’s posting about the duel between Henry Phillips and Benjamin Woodbridge, I noticed there’s a considerable literature about it. Samuel G. Drake wrote about the event in 1856. The Massachusetts Historical Society heard a paper on the topic in 1861 and another in 1904. Show More Summary

Two Swords from the Battle of Bunker Hill

It’s that time of year, when Boston 1775’s thoughts turn to the anniversary of the Battle of Bunker Hill on 17 June.Boston Magazine’s website just featured one of the Massachusetts Historical Society’s most striking artifacts of that fight: the crossed swords of Col. Show More Summary

“A View of the Obelisk”

On Monday, 19 May 1766, all of Boston was gearing up to celebrate the repeal of the Stamp Act at last. The issue of the Boston Gazette published that day appears in the Harbottle Dorr collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Show More Summary

Massachusetts church being moved to make way for casino

4 months agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

A historic Massachusetts church started slowly rolling along the street Tuesday to make way for a nearly $1 billion casino.

History Comics Workshops, 19-22 April

Massachusetts’s public school vacation week is coming up, and I’m going to spend four of those days working with talented artists as we offer workshops on history comics at four historic sites.Designed for kids in grades 4 to 8 (though...Show More Summary

Jill & Charlie’s Collected, Historic New England Style in Cambridge — House Tour

Pin it Name: Charlie and Jill Bent and their two children Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts Size: 1,800 square feet Years lived in: 13 years; Owned Jill and Charlie Bent live with their two teenaged children in an 1899 Victorian house on a sleepy street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Show More Summary

Baker Quietly Builds Re-Election Machine

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) “is quietly constructing a massive and historically expensive reelection machine, relying on unique fund-raising methods to shatter records and asserting control of the state Republican apparatus,” the Boston Globe reports.

MetLife spinoff | Verizon bandwidth boost | Historic sites

The company is in talks to sell its life-insurance division to Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. The unit has 4,000 employees who sell policies. MetLife has been restructuring in response to... To view the full story, click the title link.

In 1937, a massive sea monster washed ashore in Nantucket

Image: Nantucket Historical Association In the summer of 1937, newspapers on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket began circulating images of colossal footprints reportedly found on a local beach. Nantucket, historically a hub of the American whaling industry, was no stranger to reports of leviathans and sea serpents. Show More Summary

Mad about the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Collections

The Massachusetts Historical Society is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year with, among other things, this online exhibit of 225 notable objects from its collection. Those objects don’t appear to include the broadside titled “Wolfe’s summit of human glory” which I wrote about here and is one of my personal favorites. Show More Summary

In Historic First, Massachusetts Attorney General Warns Gilead To Lower Cost Of Hep C Drug Or Face Lawsuit

Late in the summer of 2015, it was one solitary tweet by Hillary Clinton which, in retaliation to Martin Shkreli's infamous "price gouging", warned biotech and pharma companies to lower prices for their drugs, that was the catalyst which...Show More Summary

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