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Horses Vs Horsepower: Watch Historic Rides Race Each Other

yesterdayHumor / 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

2 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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- The Massachusetts Historical Society marks the 225th anniversary of its establishment today. May it ever prosper!- An employee of the National Library of Ireland will face trial over the theft of more than two hundred books from the library's collections. Show More Summary

Interview: Jamie Berger of the Thrive Project on helping overlooked young adults build meaningful careers

Think of able-bodied young adults in beautiful leaf-peeping Western Massachusetts, and you don’t think of kids who’ve dropped out of high school or gotten stuck in dead-end jobs. But after living and writing in the historic mill town of Turners... Continue Reading ?

Midcentury Pool House in Boston Revamped as Modern Pad

Photos by Peter Vanderwarcker via Contemporist. Set in a historic district in Brookline, Massachusetts, this midcentury home was once a pool house designed by architects Nathaniel Saltonstall and Oliver Morton. After a recent renovation by Cambridge, Massachusetts firm Hammer...

A custom white wedding suit and tutu-inspired reception dress at this glam meets rustic wedding

Elizabeth and Colleen's glam meets rustic wedding at the Holliston Historical Society in Massachusetts was a testament to amazing DIY projects and the super chic dress + white suit combination. Elizabeth created all the decor from scratch, all the way from the centerpieces to custom designing Colleen's suit. Show More Summary

“The union was established in a very ceremonial manner”

So what did the “Union” of North End and South End gangs on the fifth of November 1765 look like?As the Massachusetts Historical Society quoted in 2009, chronicler James Freeman described the day this way:the disorders which had been...Show More Summary

The Imprint of Madison’s Hand

A couple of years ago, I attended a seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society on a paper by Prof. Mary Sarah Bilder of Boston College Law School. She had been studying James Madison’s record of the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787. Show More Summary

Early American History Schedules at the M.H.S.

The Massachusetts Historical Society has announced its schedule of seminars for the upcoming academic year. These come in four series: on early America, environmental history, urban history, and the history of women and gender.I’ve picked out those that relate to colonial and federal America. Show More Summary

From Historic Mansion to Rejuvenating Hotel: Canyon Ranch is a Restorative Retreat in Lenox

Once a stately country retreat, historic Bellefontaine Mansion in the woods of Berkshire County in Lenox, Massachusetts is enjoying a reincarnation as Canyon Ranch. Built in 1897 and modeled after Versailles's Petit Trianon, Bellefontaine had also... via JustLuxe.com

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