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The Amoskeag Mill Disaster of 1891

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At about 9:30 in the morning on October 15, 1891, Marcellus Gould, a superintendent at the Amoskeag Mills in Manchester, N.H., went hunting for engineer Samuel Bunker. What was going on with the steam power at the mill, Gould wanted ...

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Six Revere Bells

What better way to ring in the New Year than with Revere bells – especially since Paul Revere was born on Jan. 1, 1735 (New Style). A Revere bell in Bath, Maine, will ring in the New Year as it ...

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Six Downtown Department Stores

New England’s grand downtown department stores served patrons all year, meeting routine needs for clothing and household items at prices for all budgets. The department stores didn’t all start out as grand emporiums, they mostly evolved from humble roots: hardware, ...

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The Mad Hatters of Danbury, Conn.

The 19th-century hat factories of Danbury, Conn., made physical wrecks of thousands of workers, turning them into mad hatters with symptoms known as the Danbury shakes. The environmental mess left behind by the hat factories is still being cleaned up. ...

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