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Ryerson on Adams’s Political Thinking, 16 Nov.

On Wednesday, 16 November, the Massachusetts Historical Society will welcome back Richard Alan Ryerson, once editor of the Adams Papers. He will speak about his new book, John Adams’s Republic: The One, the Few, and the Many, published...Show More Summary

What Is the Future for School Choice?

Republicans scored a historic electoral victory across the nation, but the public-school establishment held its own on key reform measures promoted by the GOP. Most notably, Massachusetts Ballot Question 2 (to raise the cap on charter schools) lost decisively, even after Governor Charlie Baker campaigned for it. Show More Summary

A wave of states just expanded legal marijuana, but here's why nationwide legalization is hardly certain

SEATTLE — This year’s election season was historic in more ways than one. An unprecedented nine states considered liberalizing cannabis laws, and here’s how it broke down: California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada saw their ballot measures pass, bringing the total number of states with legal adult-use cannabis laws up to eight. Show More Summary

This map shows every state that legalized marijuana on Election Day

America is seeing green after a historic day for the legal marijuana industry. Seven states in all legalized marijuana in some form on Election Day. California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada showed up to support recreational marijuana,...Show More Summary

Massachusetts Voters Pass Historic Animal Protection Law

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Massachusetts voters on Tuesday passed a landmark law to protect farm animals from intensive confinement. The initiative will eventually prohibit farming methods that keep animals severely constrained for virtually their entire lives,...Show More Summary

Massachusetts Democrats Poised to Extend Historic US House Election Streak

At 101 in a row, the Bay State already owns by far the largest Democratic winning streak to the chamber among Northeastern, Midwestern, and Western states and passed Virginia for #10 on the all-time list last cycle.

Keyssar on the Electoral College, 3 Nov.

On Thursday, 3 November, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host the Pauline Maier Memorial Lecture, named after the eminent and well-loved historian of early America who died in 2013.This year’s talk is “Why Do We Still HaveShow More Summary

106 Women Say 'I Do' At Historic 'Bride Pride' Wedding

One of New England’s most beloved seaside towns recently played host to what was believed to have been the largest all-lesbian mass wedding in history. A total of 106 women descended upon Provincetown, Massachusetts, to participate in the first-ever “Bride Pride” on Oct. Show More Summary

Nation’s First Civil Lawsuit Over Climate Deceit Fingers ExxonMobil

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

Massachusetts Voters Are About To Pass A Historic Animal Protection Law

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

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

Madison in Massachusetts, 7 and 21 October

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

Satanic Temple opens new headquarters at site of Mass. witch trials

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

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...

18th Century Inn Wants Stolen Historic Items Back, No Questions Asked

2 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts is missing silverware, pictures, and even a copy of the Declaration of Independence.

McDonald on Jefferson in Boston, 14 Sept.

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

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

4 months 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

4 months 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. […]

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