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47 Portraits of People in Provincetown and a Chat with Photographer Emil Cohen: PHOTOS

last weekLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

BY ANDY TOWLE Towleroad spent several months this summer in Provincetown, Massachusetts. 'P-town', in addition to being the nation's historic LGBT resort destination, has also served as an enclave for writers and artists since the late 1800s and continues to...

CNN’s Michelle Kosinski marries philanthropist Kimball Rush Duncan in Washington ceremony

On Saturday, CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski married retired investment banker Kimball Rush Duncan in a ceremony filled with family traditions at the historic Anderson House mansion on Massachusetts Avenue. In a nod to...Show More Summary

Church Letters From 1724 Discovered, Put Into Historic Collection in Massachusetts

The First Congregational Church in Middleborough, Massachusetts has a rich history that has been made even more so by the discovery of letters of application to the church that date back all the way to 1724. The letters are believed to come from some of the first settlers in America because one of the church was founded in 1694.

Babe Ruth -- 100-Year-Old Bat Hits Auction Block ... Expected to Fetch $350k

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : TMZ.com

A 100-year-old Babe Ruth baseball bat is about to hit the auction block... after a Massachusetts family discovered the historic Louisville Slugger in their basement... and it could rake in $500k. Officials at Goldin Auctions tell TMZ Sports…

Talk on Philip Ashton, Castaway, in Boston, 19 June

On Thursday, 19 June, Gregory N. Flemming will speak at the Massachusetts Historical Society about his new book At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton. In an essay for the M.H.S....Show More Summary

Bosse on Massachusetts Maps in Lexington, 7 June

On Saturday, 7 June, the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library in Lexington will host a lecture by David Bosse, Librarian and Curator of Maps at Historic Deerfield, on “Map and Chart Publishing in Boston in the Eighteenth Century.” For most of the century, Boston’s market for maps wasn’t big enough to support full-time professionals. Show More Summary

Barbara Walters Reflects On Her Historic Career

Barbara Walters started smashing the TV-news glass ceiling in 1961 when she became the first female correspondent on Today. During the following five decades, the Massachusetts native was also the first woman to cohost a morning news...Show More Summary

ELECTION 2014: Historic Race For LGBT Americans In Maine

5 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

(Congressman Michaud and his campaign manager) BY DAVID MIXNER The path to equal rights for LGBT Americans has been filled with historic political milestones. The elections of Massachusetts State Representative Elaine Noble and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk to public...

Call for Papers on Abigail and John Adams

The Abigail Adams Historical Society and the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society are co-sponsoring a conference on—what else?—Abigail and John Adams. This event will be called “Abigail & John: 250 Years Together,” and it will take place on Saturday, 25 October 2014 to mark the couple’s 250th wedding anniversary. Show More Summary

Motivate Your Army With a Declaration of Independence

It was 239 years ago this past week when the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts that is historically recognized as the beginning of the American colonies’ war for independence. Four hundred forty two days...Show More Summary

Elizabeth Nolan Brown on Gender-Neutral Restroom Roadblocks

5 months agoNews : Reason

Public restrooms have not always been gender segregated. Historically, shared restrooms have been a feature of most communities, and this is still true in many countries today. In 1887, Massachusetts became the first state to pass a law requiring separate women's restrooms in the workplace. Show More Summary

3-Alarm Wedding Fire: Historic Party Hall Destroyed After Guest Tosses Cigarette

A 3-alarm wedding fire ripped through a popular wedding venue outside Boston after a reception guest tossed a cigarette into some vegetation. The fire took place at the historic Lakeview Pavillion in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The fire department was called to the venue at close to 7 pm on Saturday, finding that flames were shooting through

Catholic Diocese Under Fire for Refusing to Sell Property to Gay Couple

A Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts that refused to sell a historic mansion to a gay couple is facing mounting legal pressure.

Maura Healey Talks Historic Campaign for Attorney General in Massachusetts (AUDIO)

This week I talked with attorney Maura Healey, who's making a historic bid for attorney general in Massachusetts as the first openly gay candidate for the job. Maura served as Attorney General Martha Coakley's right hand for the last seven years, achieving monumental victories to protect consumers and homeowners and promote LGBT equality. Show More Summary

Tracking Historic Storm State-by-State

7 months agoNews : The Lede

State-by-state social media guide to the winter snow and ice storm causing havoc from Georgia to Massachusetts.

The Rev. Samuel Ely at Bennington

The latest issue of The Massachusetts Historical Review, for the year 2013, contains Shelby M. Balik’s paper “‘Persecuted in the Bowels of a Free Republic’: Samuel Ely and the Agrarian Theology of Justice, 1768-1787.” Ely was from Connecticut, born in 1740 and educated at Yale. Show More Summary

From Paper to Pixels

John Fea’s blog alerted me to an excerpt from Nicholas A. Basbanes’s On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History describing a visit to the Massachusetts Historical Society and a look at the documents it preserves. Among...Show More Summary

Tension Between Union & Reconciliation

Spent a few hours earlier today at the Massachusetts Historical Society looking at letters and diaries of Northern soldiers who fought at the Crater. As happens so often during the research process what turned out to be the most interesting discovery was unrelated to my immediate project. After reading his wartime letters I decided to […]

Historic New England protects one of the country's most significant ecclesiastical buildings

9 months agoArts : Artdaily

All Saints Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts, is the latest historic property protected through an easement held by Historic New England?s Stewardship Easement Program. It is the third ecclesiastical property protected by the easement program, joining Old West Church and the Charles Street Meetinghouse ? both on Boston?s Beacon Hill. Show More Summary

Explore Essex MA – Where New Historic Walking Tour is a Treat

I recently gave myself an indulgent present on my birthday and spent a wonderful day exploring the quaint town of Essex, Massachusetts with my husband. I must say it was one of my best birthdays ever. Essex is located north of Boston in Cape Ann,bordered by Gloucester and Rockport. Show More Summary

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