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Double Dating in Colonial New England

In colonial New England, New Year’s Day was not on January 1. Not because the Puritans didn’t want people to have too much fun on New Year’s Eve. It was about England refusing to go along with the rest of Europe ...

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High Thinking and Low Living in Old Lyme

Florence Griswold suffered reversals of fortune that, in the end, transformed her beautiful old Georgian home into the Old Lyme Art Colony, the most famous collection of artists in its day.  In the process, she gave Old Lyme, Conn., a ...

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The 1912 Willimantic Textile Workers Strike

In the spring of 1912, Connecticut newspapers were filled with accounts of the successful Bread and Roses textile workers strike in Lawrence, Mass. Thousands of textile workers, mostly immigrant women and children, had gone out on a two-month strike against ...

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The Great Appalachian Storm of 1950

Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 1950, New England was hit by a monster that was part blizzard, part hurricane. The storm became known as ‘The Great Appalachian Storm,’ ‘The Storm of the Century’ and ‘The Great Sou’easter.’ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

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