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Black Sheep: The Rev. John Cotton Jr. Story

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Is black sheep a fair description of Rev. John Cotton Jr.? His father, after all, condoned casting Anne Hutchinson out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, branded as a heretic. And his nephew Cotton Mather famously celebrated the Salem Witch Trials. ...

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Six Sears Houses

In the early part of the 20th century you could buy a Sears house for the price of a good pair of shoes today. In 2005, a high-end Sears home sold for $900,000. Sears sold about 100,000 kit houses from ...

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The Bohemian Blueblood Who Invented the Bra

  Inventing the bra was possibly the least interesting thing Mary Phelps Jacob did in her life. She was called Polly Peabody during her first upper-crust marriage and Caresse Crosby during her scandalous second. She and her husband Harry Crosby ...

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Six Irish Landmarks in New England

Irish landmarks commemorate the history of Irish immigrants in places you might not expect throughout New England. There’s more to Irish-American history than the Great Hunger, the Kennedys and ‘No Irish Need Apply.’ Irish Catholics came to New England along ...

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The Confessions of Moses Paul

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These are the established facts about why Connecticut executed Moses Paul: On the night of December 7, 1771, Paul visited David Clark’s Tavern in Bethany, Conn. and had a drink. Moses Cook, a cobbler from Waterbury who was travelling through ...

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Women’s History Quiz

It's women's history month, time to find out how well you know your women's history. You'll probably do well if you're a faithful reader of the New England Historical Society. Here's the quiz:

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New England in Early Film

A century before the film Manchester by the Sea was nominated for six Academy Awards, New England played many a starring role on the silver screen. Connecticut’s own Katharine Hepburn created the iconic New England woman in 1933 as Jo in ...

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The Oldest Town Meeting in 6 States

Town Meeting is as old as the European settlement of New England, and it’s a tradition that persists in town halls, schools and auditoriums throughout the region. Not to be confused with Town Hall meetings, the New England Town Meeting ...

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Eli Terry, Connecticut Clock Maker

Eli Terry masterminded many of the time pieces that exist today, and in the process he helped ignite America’s industrial revolution. His legacy can likely be seen in clocks on the walls of your home, office, school or workplace. Some ...

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