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Six Revere Bells

What better way to ring in the New Year than with Revere bells – especially since Paul Revere was born on Jan. 1, 1735 (New Style). A Revere bell in Bath, Maine, will ring in the New Year as it ...

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A Poorhouse in Each New England State

The poorhouse was once a very real and often feared part of life in New England. Poorhouses evolved from the English poor laws of the 16th and 17th centuries. They required the community, most often the town, to take responsibility ...

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The First Hebrew Thanksgiving in America


Isaac Touro delivered a Hebrew Thanksgiving sermon on Nov. 28, 1765, praising King George III for protecting Newport’s Jews. His sermon took place before worshippers in the new Touro Synagogue. Since 1658, Newport had been a haven for Jews who escaped ...

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