Just two weeks ago, the Boston-based Conservation Law Foundation filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil for endangering Massachusetts communities along the historic Mystic River through its activities at the Everett petroleum storage terminal. Show More Summary
Voters in Massachusetts will decide next month whether to pass a far-reaching law to protect farm animals from extreme confinement, and polling suggests they will approve it overwhelmingly. The ballot measure targets practices that severely...Show More Summary
On Friday, 7 October, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host Kyle Jenks in the person of President James Madison, looking back on the criticisms of the U.S. Constitution from Massachusetts delegate Elbridge Gerry.Gerry was at...Show More Summary
The new international headquarters for the Satanic Temple, which says its mission is to promote separation of church and state not devil worship, opened to the public on Thursday in a Massachusetts city known historically for persecuting witches accused of being possessed by the devil. It was in...
The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts is missing silverware, pictures, and even a copy of the Declaration of Independence.
On Wednesday, 14 September, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host a talk by Robert M. S. McDonald based on his new book, Confounding Father: Thomas Jefferson’s Image in His Own Time. The event announcement says:Of all the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson stood out as the most controversial and confounding. Show More Summary
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
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
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
Caretakers of Fort Phoenix in Massachusetts say players of the popular smartphone game are damaging the historic site.
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 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. […]
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.
"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
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
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
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
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
A historic Massachusetts church started slowly rolling along the street Tuesday to make way for a nearly $1 billion casino.
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