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Puritan Easter, or The Devil’s Holiday

  John Winthrop famously wrote in this journal that the Arbella departed for the New World on Easter Monday – March 29, 1630. But upon arriving in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Winthrop and his fellow Puritans took pains to avoid ...

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St. Patrick’s Day Quiz

How well do you know the Irish history of New England? If you've been reading the New England Historical Society, you probably know it pretty well. Test your knowledge of New England's Irish heritage by answering the 11 questions below. ...

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Six Christmas Firsts for New England

New England is as unlikely a place as there is to celebrate Christmas firsts. After all, Puritans in Massachusetts and Connecticut officially banned the holiday. It wasn’t until the mid-19th century that most New Englanders took the day off, let ...

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6 Haunted Houses in New England

Haunted houses are as much a part of New England lore as Revolutionary battles or clipper ship races. New Englanders have been drawn to the supernatural since Cotton Mather blamed earthquakes on the devil. New England. Ghosts, witches, devils and ...

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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, and central to it is the tourtiere. The celebrated meat ...

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