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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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The Mad Hatters of Danbury, Conn.

The 19th-century hat factories of Danbury, Conn., made physical wrecks of thousands of workers. They turned them into mad hatters with symptoms known as the Danbury shakes. Hat makers used mercuric nitrate to make hats. Many developed mercury poisoning, manifested ...

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Six Prohibition Speakeasies You Can Still Visit

When the 18th Amendment to the Constitution took effect on January 17, 1920, New England’s taverns suddenly became speakeasies. Law enforcement couldn’t keep up, and liquor and beer were easy to find. Many old New England homes, drugstores, restaurants and ...

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How Portuguese Immigrants Came to New England

In 1915, four Madeiran men organized a feast at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in New Bedford, Mass., to celebrate the safe arrival of Portuguese immigrants after a stormy journey. The festival mimicked the traditional religious feast observed in ...

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