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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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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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11 Things You Didn’t Know About William Loeb

William Loeb Jr., father of the New Hampshire publisher, was press secretary to President Teddy Roosevelt.

William Loeb, born on Dec. 6, 1905, had an outsize influence on national politics as publisher of the Manchester Union Leader, New Hampshire’s statewide newspaper. From 1946 until his death in 1981, he published pugnacious conservative editorials on the newspaper’s ...

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Glover’s Regiment Crosses the Delaware

John Glover’s Regiment  of Marblehaders spent Christmas 1776 crossing the Delaware  with boats full of frightened horses, artillery and soldiers. It was the most famous military operation by Glover's Regiment, but not the most important. When Washington’s army was defeated on Long ...

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The Flying Santa of Coastal New England

The New England Flying Santa tradition was born in the teeth of a fierce winter storm when lighthouse beacons along Penobscot Bay guided a frightened pilot home to safety. That frightened pilot was a Friendship, Maine, native named William Wincapaw. He ...

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Giving Thanks for the Battle of Saratoga

The Continental Army’s victory at Saratoga prompted the young country to celebrate its first national Thanksgiving on Dec. 18, 1777. The Continental Congress, meeting in York, Pa., issued a proclamation written by Sam Adams. According to an obscure historical marker ...

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