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Was Fannie Farmer a Good Cook?

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When Fannie Farmer approached Little, Brown & Co., to publish her cookbook in 1896, the company made her pay for printing the first 3,000 copies.  They didn't think the cookbook would sell. Little, Brown’s decision made Fannie Farmer rich, since ...

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Elizabeth Peabody, Always a Bridesmaid…

In 1832, a young widower named Horace Mann moved into a Boston boardinghouse where he met two intellectual schoolteachers from Salem, Mary and Elizabeth Peabody. They were sisters. Mary fell in love with Horace Mann at first sight. But Mary ...

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The Nantucket Childhood of Lucretia Mott

Lucretia Mott was considered by many of her contemporaries to be the greatest woman of the 19th century. A Quaker minister shaped by her Nantucket upbringing, she was one of the earliest advocates of women’s rights and an uncompromising abolitionist. ...

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Caleb Cushing and the Bad Luck Weathervane

Caleb Cushing famously brought a weathervane shaped like an arrow as a gift to the American consul in China in 1844. Cushing, a Massachusetts politician from Newburyport and U.S. ambassador to China, wanted to spread some good will. Instead, the weathervane was ...

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Ring Them Revere Bells

It was only by accident that Paul Revere at 57 years old got into the business of casting bells. He’d had some experience with bells. As a teen-ager he signed a contract with Christ Church – Boston’s Old North Church ...

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