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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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Maine Smuggling and the Raid on Calais

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The northern tip of the Maine coast was a smugglers' paradise for generations. Maine smuggling was an essential part of the economy there. The famous turncoat Benedict Arnold chose to set himself up on Campobello Island to engage in illegal trade ...

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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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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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