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29 Historic New England Apple Recipes - 1615 to 1960

Of course New Englanders love apples. Apple trees were essential to New England’s history, and today they’re part of both the landscape and the cuisine, featured in cider, fritters, dumplings, sauce, butter and, of course, pie. With the exception of a few crab apple varieties, apples are not native to North America. During the early 17th century, apple seeds, buds and small plants came to the American colonies from Britain. Soon the colonists covered New England with apple orchards, and the rest is history. Click to download.

32 of New England's Best Historical Halloween Events

We looked long and hard to find Halloween events for history lovers, and we came up with some good ones. We chose the best walking tours in New England’s biggest cities. We went off the beaten path to find fascinating presentations of local history with a Halloween spin. We cut through the crowds in Salem, Mass., to bring you the best interpretations of the Witch City’s storied past. Click to download.

Confession of the arsonist who burned the Ursuline Convent

Fifty-three years after the burning of the Ursuline Convent, in Charlestown, Mass., John Buzzell of Pittsfield, N.H., one of the leaders of the mob that destroyed the school for girls talked to a newspaper reporter about why he did it. Click here to read his interview.

Beer in the New England Colonies

From the first days of the New England colonies right up through today New Englanders have loved their beer. The stuff is brewed into our history. The Mayflower probably wouldn’t have even landed in Plymouth if it weren’t running out of beer and its crew afraid that supplies would not last long enough to make the run to Virginia (the intended destination) before the ship ran out. Click here to read more.

Vermont's Amazing Columbus Smith

The life of Vermont's Columbus Smith was filled with highs and lows. The pioneering lawyer built a fortune retrieving lost estates for Americans with British ancestors. He would see, however, that money did not guarantee a happy life for him or his children. Journalist Irving Bachellor recounted his experiences with Smith in one of his books. Click here to read more.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. George Brian Sullivan, Ph.D.

    December 14, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I enjoyed my visit and shared my experience with my brother, Stephen who lives in Louisiana. I sent him two links: 1) The story about Innes the Newport film producer; and, 2) The 29 NE Apple Receipes.
    Thank you very much for the nice visit.

    George Brian Sullivan, Ph.D.

  2. John Carafoli

    October 24, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I just got a contract for writing a book called THE HISTORY OF ITALIAN-AMERICAN FOOD IN NEW ENGLAND.
    I am researching people who came to the six New England states with a history of relatives who settled in small enclaves in these area. Looking for why they came there, stories, history and recipes. I come from a small community on Cape Cod. Most people like my grandparents and 2 aunts from Emilia-Romagna. If this interest you, please e-mail me at carafoli@me.com
    Let me know
    John F. Carafoli

  3. james Sullivan

    December 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Does the NEw England Historical Society provide speakers for civic groups.? I am president of the local historical society in Hooksett and are looking for programs for our membership

    • Leslie Landrigan

      April 25, 2015 at 11:47 am

      It’s not something we’re able to do now, but hope to do it in the future. Keep an eye on this space!

      • Valerie

        October 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm

        The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire has speakers and experienced tour guides for any organization interested in African American history of northern New England and/or group tours of historic sites around this region and beyond.

      • John Morrison

        January 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm

        I would like to ask the same question. I am on the Board of the Partnership of Historic Bostons, Inc., an organization that relates the history of 17th century Boston and New England, and our linkages to Boston Lincolnshire. We are looking for lecturers and discussion group leaders for our 2018 season. Our website is HistoricBostons.org for a profile of the organization and our 2017 presentations.

        Thanks,

        John Morrison
        Partnership of Historic Bostons, Inc.
        for the Board

  4. Robert Swartz

    March 10, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    How does one submit information to the Society? I don’t see any contact info.

  5. Lesley Scott

    October 28, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Hello. My name is Lesley Scott and I live in England. I’m studying for my Masters degree in English and I’m writing about ‘Education and Duty in Louisa May Alcott’s Fiction for Teenage Girls: Little Women, An Old-Fashioned Girl and Eight Cousins. I am trying to find images of the ‘freedom dress’ – particularly the undergarments mentioned in Eight Cousins. I have found one article in the NY Times Archive which is useful but doesn’t have any illustrations. I was wondering if you have anything as the meeting referenced in the NY Times took place in Boston at the Freeman’s Chapel in late May or early June, 1874. Thank you for your time. Lesley Scott

  6. Robert Fischl

    November 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    My mother is a descendant of John Alden. How do we trace the genealogy without using ancestry.com

  7. Krystya Piorkowska

    December 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    With all due respect – the piece on Rev. Stanislaus Orlemanski is replete with factual errors. Could someone please contact me?

  8. william henry stephens

    June 30, 2017 at 12:31 am

    was Jonathan Haraden ever with the sons of liberty ,im related to him family tree Jane lane ,young reed Stephens

  9. Joy Lehmann

    June 30, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    What kind of genealogical items will you accept as donations, i.e. manuscripts, family histories, compiled data, i.e. cemetery records? I saw an old ad in Fall 2010 in American Ancestors for Timothy Salls, archivist.

    JoyLehmann@aol.com

  10. Claire Lorrie White

    July 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I grew up out west and always knew that our family history started somewhere out east. My father died when I was 11 years old, taking any history and memories with him. My mother remarried and we lost any sense of belonging and history. So in 2003, when my husband retired from the Navy and we were once more back in the United States from living abroad. I decided to take on our families history, first by doing my brothers YDNA. This has led me on the journey of a lifetime. Who would’ve known that I would end up in the Northeast colonies, on my Great Grandmother’s side and in the Jamestown Colony on my fathers side. I’ve found stories on my husbands side that led to his Revolutionary War relative traipsing around with Daniel Boone and Patrick Henry. We both are members of DAR & SAR.
    I thank you for the wonderful website and Society that you’ve created, and allowing us to join free.

  11. Steve

    July 20, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Your txt is not expandable on my iPad. I’m s a little too small for easy reading.

  12. John Damon

    July 20, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    The article 26 Pirates hanged is inaccurate, RI WAS not a state when these 26 were hung it was colony under British rule

    Paul Feeney The problem with this is that the State of Rhode Island did not exist. It was a colony under British rule.

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    John Damon RI became the thirteenth colony May 29, 1790

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    John Damon The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was one of the original Thirteen Colonies established on the east coast of North America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It was a colony of the Kingdom of England from 1636 to 1707, when the Acts of …See More

    .John Damon This article should be deleted
    Gail Diane So does any of this mean that 26 Pirates did not hang on the land that is now Newport, Rhode Island (on July 19, 1723)? No, it doesn’t. I’m thinking that’s the point of the story
    John Damon It casts a black mark on Rhode Island justice IF it said in what is now Newport RI, but it doesn’t

    Gail Diane I guess you should take it up with the New England Historical

  13. Barbara Burgess

    August 11, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    unable to reset my password The email sent to me brings me to the Join page and that wont let me have a new account . I really enjoyed this site a lot but after the passing of my husband I lost tract of this wonderful site . I would appreciate any help you can give me . Thank you in advance.

    Barbara Burgess

  14. Richard P. Plumer

    August 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I’m in the final stages of writing a book entitled “The Peabodys: New England’s most accomplished family” on ten Peabodys, including Sophia Peabody Hawthorne and would like the Society’s permission to use your photo of Una, Julian, and Rose Hawthorne in the book.

    You might want to look at amazon.com and the four other books I have written under Richard P. Plumer. My middle name is Peabody and I am fourth cousins to Sophia Peabody Hawthorne.
    Thank you for your help,
    Richard Peabody Plumer

  15. Valerie

    October 16, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I would like to contact the author of the article you published online about King Nero Brewster and the “Negro Courts” in New England.

    Thank you.

  16. Dana mckinney

    November 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Story on jared flagg was great recently found a large packet if letters from daniel morgan to jared flagg and updates on his case in 1914 including daniel Morgan’s bail bond…

  17. Thomas Higgins

    December 16, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Hi –

    I am preparing a book on the history of Longmeadow, MA and would like to get permission to reprint the image you have of Eunice Williams (the Unredeemed Captive) – not her actual image, but a re-creation from 1913. http://www.newenglandhistoricalsociety.com/eunice-williams-unredeemed-captive/ Can you send me contact information for whomever I need to talk to? (or e-mail me at higginstl@yahoo.com) Thanks.

  18. Jason

    April 11, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    If you’re interested in having any colorized photo prints done of old b&w photos, drop me a line. jgreenberg@chromatichistory.com. Thanks!

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