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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 Brunswick Children Strike the Cabot Mill

A child textile mill worker in Evansville, Ind., August 1908. Photo by Lewis Hine, courtesy Library of Congress.In the summer of 1881, eight-year-old children working in a Brunswick, Maine, textile mill found out eight-year-old children working in a Lewiston, Maine, ...

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Pass the Tourtiere, C’est Le Reveillon!

For many, many years, le reveillon was the way Franco-Americans ushered in New Year’s Day in New England’s Little Canadas.   The reveillon is a long, late dinner preceding a holiday.  Tourtiere is central to the meal. The celebrated meat pie, ...

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A Fulfilling Story: New England Pie History

In the annals of pie history, New England holds a special place. Pumpkin pie might not have happened without New England, where rhubarb pie is revered in the springtime. In New England’s Little Canadas, Franco-Americans celebrate the Christmas holidays with ...

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Before Groundhog Day, It Was Candlemas

Candlemas was always about two thing before it was about the groundhog: candles and the weather. For many Catholics, Candlemas was also about putting away the Christmas decorations. (If you haven't by now, perhaps you should consider it.) Groundhog Day ...

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